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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 29th - 7:35PM

    Colossians 1:15-20 (AMP)



        15[Now] He is the exact likeness of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible]; He is the Firstborn of all creation.

        16For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, intervention] and in and for Him.

        17And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).

        18He also is the Head of [His] body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place [stand first and be preeminent].

        19For it has pleased [the Father] that all the divine fullness (the sum total of the divine perfection, powers, and attributes) should dwell in Him permanently.

        20And God purposed that through (by the service, the intervention of) Him [the Son] all things should be completely reconciled back to Himself, whether on earth or in heaven, as through Him, [the Father] made peace by means of the blood of His cross.



    Comment (4)

    Wed, Nov 29th - 7:31PM

    Psalm 139:17 (NIV)



     17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
           How vast is the sum of them!

    Comment (2)

    Tue, Nov 28th - 1:00AM

    Jeremiah 31:3 (NIV)



     3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
           "I have loved you with an everlasting love;
           I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

    Comment (2)

    Mon, Nov 27th - 12:58AM

    Catching up...



    1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

     3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. 4The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

    Colossians 2:6-8 (NIV)

     6So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

     8See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

    Luke 15:29 (NIV)

    29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.

    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."

    Romans 2:19-23 (NIV)

    19if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of infants, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? 22You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23You who brag about the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?



    Comment (1)

    Wed, Nov 22nd - 9:37PM

    2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV)



    3But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

    Comment (2)

    Tue, Nov 21st - 11:48PM

    Mark 15:39 (NIV)



    39And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"

    Comment (0)

    Mon, Nov 20th - 4:52PM

    Peace & The Cross



    Matthew 10:34-38 (NIV)

     34"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
       " 'a man against his father,
          a daughter against her mother,
       a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law -
        36a man's enemies will be the members of his own household.'

     37"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

    Hebrews 12:14-15 (NIV)

     14Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

    Titus 3:9-11 (NIV)

     9But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him. 11You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

    1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 (NIV)

     1Now, brothers, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, "Peace and safety," destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

    Philippians 4:6-8 (NIV)

    6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

     8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.



    Comment (4)

    Sun, Nov 19th - 4:08AM

    Bouncing off of Bro Larry's Blog...



    Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

     28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

    Mark 8:34 (NIV)

     34Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.



    Comment (3)

    Sun, Nov 19th - 3:50AM

    Romans 10:1-4 (NIV)



     1Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

    Comment (0)

    Fri, Nov 17th - 3:04PM

    Dancing Scriptures (sometimes good sometimes bad)



    Exodus 15:19-21 (NIV)

     19 When Pharaoh's horses, chariots and horsemen went into the sea, the LORD brought the waters of the sea back over them, but the Israelites walked through the sea on dry ground. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
           "Sing to the LORD,
           for he is highly exalted.
           The horse and its rider
           he has hurled into the sea."

    Exodus 32:19 (NIV)

     19 When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.

    Judges 21:23 (NIV)

     23 So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.

    1 Chronicles 15:29 (NIV)

     29 As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.

     



    Comment (3)

    Thu, Nov 16th - 12:22AM

    1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (AMP)



        9Jabez was honorable above his brothers; but his mother named him Jabez [sorrow maker], saying, Because I bore him in pain.

        10Jabez cried to the God of Israel, saying, Oh, that You would bless me and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and You would keep me from evil so it might not hurt me! And God granted his request.



    Comment (4)

    Thu, Nov 16th - 12:19AM

    Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)



     3 The integrity of the upright guides them,
           but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Nov 16th - 12:17AM

    Proverbs 20:18-19 (AMP)



        18Purposes and plans are established by counsel; and [only] with good advice make or carry on war.

        19He who goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets; therefore associate not with him who talks too freely.



    Comment (1)

    Tue, Nov 14th - 7:54PM

    Psalm 23:6 (NIV)



     6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
           all the days of my life,
           and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
           forever.

    Comment (7)

    Mon, Nov 13th - 4:55PM

    Hebrews 11:32-40 (AMP)



        32And what shall I say further? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,

        33Who by [the help of] faith subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions,

        34Extinguished the power of raging fire, escaped the devourings of the sword, out of frailty and weakness won strength and became stalwart, even mighty and resistless in battle, routing alien hosts.

        35[Some] women received again their dead by a resurrection. Others were tortured to death with clubs, refusing to accept release [offered on the terms of denying their faith], so that they might be resurrected to a better life. [I Kings 17:17-24; II Kings 4:25-37.]

        36Others had to suffer the trial of mocking and scourging and even chains and imprisonment.

        37They were stoned to death; they were lured with tempting offers [to renounce their faith]; they were sawn asunder; they were slaughtered by the sword; [while they were alive] they had to go about wrapped in the skins of sheep and goats, utterly destitute, oppressed, cruelly treated--

        38[Men] of whom the world was not worthy--roaming over the desolate places and the mountains, and [living] in caves and caverns and holes of the earth.

        39And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised,

        40Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].

     

    (emphasis mine)LMM



    Comment (2)

    Sun, Nov 12th - 5:47PM

    1 Peter 1:1-2 (NIV)



     1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
          To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:
          Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

    Comment (0)

    Sat, Nov 11th - 11:20AM

    James 4:4 (NIV)



     4You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.



    Comment (2)

    Fri, Nov 10th - 11:49PM

    Job 26:14 (NIV)



     14 And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
           how faint the whisper we hear of him!
           Who then can understand the thunder of his power?"

    Comment (0)

    Thu, Nov 9th - 11:57AM

    Micah 6:8 (NIV)



     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.

    Comment (3)

    Wed, Nov 8th - 3:27PM

    Ephesians 1:9-12 (AMP)



        9Making known to us the mystery (secret) of His will (of His plan, of His purpose). [And it is this:] In accordance with His good pleasure (His merciful intention) which He had previously purposed and set forth in Him ("in Himself," or "in Christ."),

        10[He planned] for the maturity of the times and the climax of the ages to unify all things and head them up and consummate them in Christ, [both] things in heaven and things on the earth.

        11In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,

        12So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!



    Comment (3)

    Wed, Nov 8th - 3:13PM

    Acts 18:2-3 (NIV)



    2There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

    Comment (0)

    Tue, Nov 7th - 12:58AM

    Isaiah 43:4 (NIV)



     4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
           and because I love you,
           I will give men in exchange for you,
           and people in exchange for your life.

    Comment (2)

    Mon, Nov 6th - 9:05AM

    Ephesians 3:10-11 (NIV)



    10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Comment (2)

    Sun, Nov 5th - 8:11AM

    1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)



    7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

    Comment (3)

    Sat, Nov 4th - 9:36PM

    Isaiah 49:16 (NIV)



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

    Comment (0)

    Fri, Nov 3rd - 7:32PM

    Romans 8:35 (NIV)



    35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?



    Comment (2)

    Thu, Nov 2nd - 1:15PM

    Psalm 73:24 (NIV)



     24 You guide me with your counsel,
           and afterward you will take me into glory.



    Comment (3)

    Wed, Nov 1st - 7:18PM

    James 4:8a (NIV)      (promise for the week)



    8a Come near to God and he will come near to you.



    Comment (3)

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