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  1. Psalm 113:3

    “From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.” ‭‭ The interesting thing about the sun is that it rises and sets around the earth. Therefore, the name of the Lord is to be praised not just in certain areas, but all around the world. Those who have come into a relationship with Him a long time ago could testify to the fact that God was there even when they didn’t know it and He worked in ways unimagined. I have seen Him work in my life and my...
  2. Philippians 2:3-5

    What thoughts compel us to act? Verse five in this passage encourages us to have the mind of Christ in our approach to doing things. He didn’t do anything to show Himself but to show God’s power. Likewise, we are called first of all to a relationship with God in which it is clear that He takes the first place in our lives by putting others’ interests ahead of us. This does’t mean that we should ignore our own needs, but rather that we are willing to respond when a need arises, and do it...
  3. Hebrews 4:12

    “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I like very much how sometimes authors use vivid pictures to describe ideas. Here, apostle Paul describes the power of the Word of God. Especially for those living at the time when the apostle Paul wrote this, a double-edged sword represents a powerful weapon. It has the power to destroy...
  4. Isaiah 41:10

    It is important to realize who is talking and to whom. This is God himself talking through the prophet Isaiah to his people. The verses which precede verse 10 make it clear that God is always in control of everything around us, and He is the only one true God, regardless of the human imagination. Whatever his most prized creation can come up with will never take place of the Creator of all things. Knowing this, it is comforting to know that He always helps, protects and rescues those...
  5. Isaiah55:6-7

    “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.” ‭‭ It happens to me a lot that I lose my keys, for example, or my wallet, knowing where it was initially, but somehow overlooking it. As I start searching, the search soon turns into a desperate quest, and I even turn upside down places in the house...
  6. John 4:19-26

    This passage about worship is split into two parts; the first part is about how we see worship before God, while the second part is about how God would like to see us worshipping him. If we were to ask anybody what the definition of worship is, it would probably sound something like “certain rituals done in a place assigned for such purpose, like churches, synagogues, mosques, etc.”. We tend to think of worship as something between God and us only, and to a certain extent, this is true....
  7. Netley Shore

    Netley Shore a beach nearby to my childhood home.
  8. Philippians 3:15-16

    "All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained." What is the view that all of us should have? In the previous verses, Apostle Paul talks about the importance of knowing Christ: "I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining...
  9. Hebrews 12:1

    "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us..." Imagine yourself in a running competition against others. Everybody is on the starting line ready to run, and so are you with one exception: you are all tied up, and you can barely hop. This competition would not be fair. Although you might be in perfect shape, there is this...
  10. Galatians 6:2

    "Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." This is another verse that I love so much, since it has to do with relationships especially in the body of Christ. If we are part of this body, we gave to fulfill His law. First of all, what is His law? We know that Jesus didn't come to destroy the law but to fulfill it. The one thing Jesus did differently was to show us how to fulfill the law, instead of just talking about it like the great personalities...
  11. Isaiah 43:2

    "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Have you ever passed through circumstances that seemed to be more than you could carry, and it seemed that there is no way out--and if at least everything ended with "no way out*, it would have been a best case scenario, but things seemed to get even worse? As I was reading...
  12. Numbers 6:24-26

    “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”  We always say that we are blessed when things go "right", but not when they go "wrong". We tend to interpret one thing or another as "blessing" in our own terms rather wait to see what happens in the long run. It is always easier to see after coming out of a trial how God worked, but for that, one needs patience and not be quick to say...
  13. 1 John 4:19

    "We love because he first loved us." Whenever I think about our relationship with God, the idea of marriage comes to mind. Ever since after the man"s fall, God has tried to restore the relationship he had with his most prized creation in the garden of Eden. To this end, He created a people of his own, and through this people He sent the Savior of the world. But just as everyone chose to reject God, they also chose to reject Jesus. God has done everything to show that His love to us. How...
  14. Hebrews 11:6 NIV

    "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Have you ever tried to be pleasing to someone you love, especially when you know that "someone" loves you very much, and you wouldn't dare hurt him or her? At one point in this love affair you keep wondering what else you could do to prove your faithfulness to that loved one, as if everything you have done was not enough. The...
  15. Matthew 28:19 NIV

    "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit..." A song from Matthew West depicts a conversation between the author of the song and God, where the author says, "God, why don't you do something?", and God says, "I did; I created you." Many times we want to see God work as we idly stand by and watch life unfold around us. After all, it's God's job to do as He pleases, and therefore, things are out of our...
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