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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Roman 12

Therefore, 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.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 
For 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.
Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.  
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Do 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.
On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 

That is all of Romans 12. be sure to apply it to your life and overcome evil with good. be sure you don't just read the highlighted because it's all good stuff, I wanted to highlight everything. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Blessed...Part 5: other old testament blessings

So who is blessed? Are you? throughout these parts, learn if you are blessed. so enjoy part 5, other old testament blessings. 

May those who bless you be blessed and those who curse you be cursed!
Numbers 24:9

The LORD has blessed his people. (and who are his people? Jews.)
2chronicles 31:10

Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
Job 15:17

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!
Isaiah 30:18

Blessed is the man who does this, the man who holds it fast, who keeps the Sabbath without desecrating it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil.
Isaiah 56:2

blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7 

Be sure to read all the parts, because this is the final one, all your blessings have been written out and if you aren't blessed yet, do something about it. it isn't easy to be blessed, but it's worth it. Everything on earth will perish, but you blessings will be your reward for ever and ever!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blessed...Part 4: other new testament blessings

So who is blessed? are you throughout these parts, learn if you are blessed. so enjoy part 4, other new testament blessings.


In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Acts 20:35

Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.
Romans 4:7


Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.
Romans 4:8

Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
Romans 14:22


Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12

The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
James 1:25

even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened."
1peter 3:14

If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed
1peter 4:14

Be sure to read the last 2 parts and if you aren't blessed yet, do something about it. it isn't easy to be blessed, but it's worth it. Everything on earth will perish, but you blessings will be your reward for ever and ever!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Taming the tongue

The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man,
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
James 3:6-8

...no man can tame the tongue.... that's very true. your tongue is full of deadly poison. our own mouth should be like that, James 3:10 says it best:

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. 

James 3:2 tells you this:

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. 

It's hard to tame the tongue, I wouldn't pretend that I have, but here are some warnings to wrap it up:  

 May the LORD cut off all flattering lips and every boastful tongue Psalm 12:3


Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit. psalm 52:2

Truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. proverbs 12:19


A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare.proverbs 21:6


 A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:28

 Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Blessed... Part 3: Gospels of Blessing

So who is blessed? are you throughout these parts, learn if you are blessed. so enjoy part 3, Gospels of Blessing.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mathew 5:3

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Mathew 5:4

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

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Mathew 5:6

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Mathew 5:7

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Mathew 5:8

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Mathew 5:9

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
Mathew 5:10

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Mathew 5:11&12


Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Mathew 21:9

Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:20

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Luke 6:21

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Luke 6:22

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.
Luke 11:28

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Luke 19:38


blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
John 20:29

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blessed... Part 2: Proverbs of Blessing

So who is blessed? are you throughout these parts, learn if you are blessed. so enjoy part 2, Proverbs of Blessing

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
 Proverbs 3:13

Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
Proverbs 8:34

blessed is he who is kind to the needy.
Proverbs 14:21

blessed is he who trusts in the LORD.
Proverbs 16:20

The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.
Proverbs 20:7

A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.
Proverbs 22:9

Blessed is the man who always fears the LORD, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
Proverbs 28:14

A faithful man will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 28:20