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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...

    Wed, Nov 30th - 2:28AM

    Romans 11:19-21 (NIV)



    19You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in." 20Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. 21For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.

    Comment (0)

    Tue, Nov 29th - 1:07AM

    A Fair Passel of Scriptures



    Nahum 1:3 (NIV)

     3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power;
           the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.
           His way is in the whirlwind and the storm,
           and clouds are the dust of his feet.

    Matthew 7:21-27 (NIV)

     21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

     24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."

    Matthew 21:28-32 (NIV)

     28"What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work today in the vineyard.'

     29" 'I will not,' he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

     30"Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, 'I will, sir,' but he did not go.

     31"Which of the two did what his father wanted?"
          "The first," they answered.

       Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

    2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV)

     5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

    Psalm 40:8 (NIV)

     8 I desire to do your will, O my God;
           your law is within my heart."

    1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)

     13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



    Comment (6)

    Sun, Nov 27th - 3:24PM

    Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)



     8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
           neither are your ways my ways,"
           declares the LORD.

     9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
           so are my ways higher than your ways
           and my thoughts than your thoughts.



    Comment (3)

    Sun, Nov 27th - 1:55AM

    Romans 8:37-39 (NIV)



    37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Comment (1)

    Sat, Nov 26th - 12:44AM

    1 Peter 1:17 (NIV)



     17Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Nov 24th - 11:47PM

    James 2:16 (NIV)



    16If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?

    Comment (1)

    Thu, Nov 24th - 11:46PM

    Luke 11:46 (NIV)



     46Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

    Comment (1)

    Thu, Nov 24th - 11:34PM

    Mark 10:2-12 (NIV)



     2Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?"

     3"What did Moses command you?" he replied.

     4They said, "Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away."

     5"It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law," Jesus replied. 6"But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 7'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

     10When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. 11He answered, "Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. 12And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery."



    Comment (1)

    Thu, Nov 24th - 11:26PM

    Romans 12:1 (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.

    Comment (2)

    Thu, Nov 24th - 11:23PM

    John 8:3-11 (NIV)



    3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

       But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

     9At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

     11"No one, sir," she said.
          "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."



    Comment (1)

    Wed, Nov 23rd - 2:22AM

    Daniel 3:14 (NIV)



    14 and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up?



    Comment (4)

    Tue, Nov 22nd - 12:47AM

    Luke 22:24-26 (NIV)



     24Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.

    Comment (5)

    Sun, Nov 20th - 9:35PM

    Matthew 11:25 (NIV)



     25At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.

    Comment (5)

    Sat, Nov 19th - 2:40PM

    Revelation 12:9 (NIV)



    9The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

    Comment (7)

    Sat, Nov 19th - 2:39PM

    Lamentations 1:18 (NIV)



      18  The LORD is righteous,
           yet I rebelled against his command.
           Listen, all you peoples;
           look upon my suffering.
           My young men and maidens
           have gone into exile.



    Comment (0)

    Fri, Nov 18th - 12:52AM

    2 Peter 1:12 (NIV)



     12So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

    Comment (1)

    Thu, Nov 17th - 12:21AM

    Proverbs 16:16 (NIV)



     16 How much better to get wisdom than gold,
           to choose understanding rather than silver!

    Comment (3)

    Wed, Nov 16th - 1:14AM

    Romans 4:16 (Amplified Bible)



    16Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.

    Comment (1)

    Tue, Nov 15th - 12:34AM

    Zechariah 8:5 (NIV)



    5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there."

    Comment (1)

    Tue, Nov 15th - 12:20AM

    Psalm 119:105 (NIV)



     105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
           and a light for my path.

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Nov 13th - 5:15AM

    Ruth 1:16 (NIV)



     16 But Ruth replied, "Don't urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.



    Comment (7)

    Sat, Nov 12th - 12:51AM

    Psalm 116:5-6 (New King James Version)



     5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous;
             Yes, our God is merciful.
     6 The LORD preserves the simple;
             I was brought low, and He saved me.

    Comment (5)

    Fri, Nov 11th - 12:47AM

    Jeremiah 31:15-23 (New Living Translation)



        15This is what the LORD says: "A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah--mourning and weeping unrestrained. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted--for her children are dead."

        16But now the LORD says, "Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you. Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. 17There is hope for your future," says the LORD. "Your children will come again to their own land. 18I have heard Israel saying, `You disciplined me severely, but I deserved it. I was like a calf that needed to be trained for the yoke and plow. Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the LORD my God. 19I turned away from God, but then I was sorry. I kicked myself for my stupidity! I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.'

        20"Is not Israel still my son, my darling child?" asks the LORD. "I had to punish him, but I still love him. I long for him and surely will have mercy on him.

        21"Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Mark well the path by which you came. Come back again, my virgin Israel; return to your cities here. 22How long will you wander, my wayward daughter? For the LORD will cause something new and different to happen--Israel will embrace her God." 23This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back again, the people of Judah and its cities will again say, `The LORD bless you--O righteous home, O holy mountain!'



    Comment (3)

    Thu, Nov 10th - 2:13AM

    Is 'Blogging' some sort of short way of saying 'Barking Dog'???



     



    Comment (5)

    Thu, Nov 10th - 1:06AM

    Galatians 5:6b (NIV)



    6bThe only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.



    Comment (0)

    Thu, Nov 10th - 1:04AM

    Philemon 1-9 (New Living Translation)



     1This letter is from Paul, in prison for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. It is written to Philemon, our much loved co-worker, 2and to our sister Apphia and to Archippus, a fellow soldier of the cross. I am also writing to the church that meets in your house.

        3May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

     4I always thank God when I pray for you, Philemon, 5because I keep hearing of your trust in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God's people. 6You are generous because of your faith. And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work, for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all the good things we can do for Christ. 7I myself have gained much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because your kindness has so often refreshed the hearts of God's people.

     8That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do, 9but because of our love, I prefer just to ask you. So take this as a request from your friend Paul, an old man, now in prison for the sake of Christ Jesus.



    Comment (1)

    Wed, Nov 9th - 1:19AM

    Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV)



    8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

    Comment (7)

    Wed, Nov 9th - 1:18AM

    1 Thessalonians 3:2-4 (NIV)



    2We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them. 4In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.

    Comment (4)

    Wed, Nov 9th - 1:14AM

    Jeremiah 1:4-7 (NIV)



     4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

     5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
           before you were born I set you apart;
           I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
    "

     6 "Ah, Sovereign LORD," I said, "I do not know how to speak; I am only a child."

     7 But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.



    Comment (4)

    Wed, Nov 9th - 1:12AM

    Psalm 139:12-14 (NIV)



     12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
           the night will shine like the day,
           for darkness is as light to you.

     13 For you created my inmost being;
           you knit me together in my mother's womb.

     14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
           your works are wonderful,
           I know that full well.



    Comment (1)

    Mon, Nov 7th - 11:43PM

    1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NIV)



    21Test everything. Hold on to the good.

    Comment (3)

    Mon, Nov 7th - 11:42PM

    Acts 17:11 (NIV)



    11Now 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.

    Comment (0)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 5:54AM

    1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV)



    1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

    Comment (5)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 5:53AM

    1 Corinthians 3:3-5 (NIV)



    3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4For when one says, "I follow Paul," and another, "I follow Apollos," are you not mere men?

     5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.



    Comment (0)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 5:09AM

    Galatians 6:3-5 (NIV)



    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.

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 5:08AM

    James 3:1 (NIV)



    1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 4:57AM

    Matthew 18:5-7 (NIV)



    5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. 6But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

     7"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!



    Comment (0)

    Sun, Nov 6th - 4:55AM

    Romans 12:3 (NIV)



    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.

    Comment (1)

    Sat, Nov 5th - 1:15PM

    1 Corinthians 12:27-29 (NIV)



    27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?

    Comment (4)

    Sat, Nov 5th - 2:06AM

    Matthew 23:8-12 (NIV)



     8"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ. 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

    Comment (3)

    Fri, Nov 4th - 12:34AM

    Hebrews 7:11 (NIV)



     11If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron?

    Comment (3)

    Thu, Nov 3rd - 1:14AM

    Isaiah 26:8 (NIV)



     8 Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws,
           we wait for you;
           your name and renown
           are the desire of our hearts.

    Comment (0)

    Wed, Nov 2nd - 3:17AM

    2 Chronicles 19:9 (NIV)



    9 He gave them these orders: "You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD.



    Comment (1)

    Tue, Nov 1st - 1:37AM

    1 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)



    3We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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