Aug 25, 2013
Home Improvement: It Takes Work
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Luke 13: 22-30 CEB
22 Jesus traveled through cities and villages, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone said to him, “ Lord, will only a few be saved? ” Jesus said to them, 24 “ Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won't be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.' He will reply, ‘I don't know you or where you are from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27 He will respond, ‘I don't know you or where you are from. Go away from me, all you evildoers!' 28 There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God's kingdom, but you yourselves will be thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west, north and south, and sit down to eat in God's kingdom. 30 Look! Those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last. ”
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  • Aug 25, 2013Home Improvement: It Takes Work
    Aug 25, 2013
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    Luke 13: 22-30 CEB
    22 Jesus traveled through cities and villages, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 Someone said to him, “ Lord, will only a few be saved? ” Jesus said to them, 24 “ Make every effort to enter through the narrow gate. Many, I tell you, will try to enter and won't be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and shuts the door, then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.' He will reply, ‘I don't know you or where you are from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27 He will respond, ‘I don't know you or where you are from. Go away from me, all you evildoers!' 28 There will be weeping and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in God's kingdom, but you yourselves will be thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west, north and south, and sit down to eat in God's kingdom. 30 Look! Those who are last will be first and those who are first will be last. ”
  • Aug 18, 2013Home Improvement: Leaving A Legacy That Lasts
    Aug 18, 2013
    Home Improvement: Leaving A Legacy That Lasts
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    Jeremiah 35:18-19 CEB
    18 Then Jeremiah said to the Rechabite family: The LORD of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, proclaims: Because you have obeyed all Jonadab's instructions and you have done everything he commanded you, 19 the LORD of heavenly forces, the God of Israel proclaims: Jonadab, Rechab's son, will always have a descendant that stands before me.

     

    2 Timothy 1:1-5 CEB
    1 From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God's will, to promote the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus. 2 To Timothy, my dear child. Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I'm grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. 4 When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. 5 I'm reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I'm sure that this faith is also inside you.

  • Aug 11, 2013Home Improvement: Meet The Parents
    Aug 11, 2013
    Home Improvement: Meet The Parents
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    Proverbs 22:1-6 CEB
    1 A good reputation is better than much wealth; high esteem is better than silver and gold.
    2 The rich and the poor have this in common: the LORD made them both.
    3 Prudent people see trouble and hide, while the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.
    4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD is wealth, honor, and life.
    5 Thorns and nets are in the path of the crooked; those who guard their lives keep their distance.
    6 Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won't depart from it.

     

    Ephesians 6:1-4 CEB
    1 As for children, obey your parents in the Lord, because it is right. 2 The commandment Honor your father and mother is the first one with a promise attached: 3 so that things will go well for you, and you will live for a long time in the land. 4 As for parents, don't provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.

  • Aug 4, 2013Home Improvement: Radical Love For Husbands And Wives
    Aug 4, 2013
    Home Improvement: Radical Love For Husbands And Wives
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    Song of Solomon 2:1-16 CEB
    1 I'm a rose of the Sharon plain, a lily of the valleys.
    2 Like a lily among thornbushes, so is my dearest among the young women.
    3 Like an apple tree among the wild trees, so is my lover among the young men. In his shade I take pleasure in sitting, and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
    4 He has brought me to the house of wine; his banner raised over me is love.
    5 Sustain me with raisin cakes, strengthen me with apples, for I'm weak with love! 6 His left arm is beneath my head, his right embraces me. 7 Make a solemn pledge, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the wild deer:
    Don't rouse, don't arouse love until it desires. 8 Listen! It's my lover: here he comes now, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills.
    9 My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.
    Here he stands now, outside our wall, peering through the windows,
    peeking through the lattices. 10 My lover spoke and said to me,
    “ Rise up, my dearest, my fairest, and go.
    11 Here, the winter is past; the rains have come and gone.
    12 Blossoms have appeared in the land; the season of singing has arrived,
    and the sound of the turtledove is heard in our land.
    13 The green fruit is on the fig tree, and the grapevines in bloom are fragrant.
    Rise up, my dearest, my fairest, and go. 14 My dove—in the rock crevices,
    hidden in the cliff face—let me catch sight of you; let me hear your voice!
    The sound of your voice is sweet, and the sight of you is lovely. ”
    15 Catch foxes for us—those little foxes that spoil vineyards,
    now that our vineyards are in bloom! 16 I belong to my lover and he belongs to me—the one grazing among the lilies.

     

    Ephesians 5:20-25 CEB
    20 always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. 22 For example, wives should submit to their husbands as if to the Lord. 23 A husband is the head of his wife like Christ is head of the church, that is, the savior of the body. 24 So wives submit to their husbands in everything like the church submits to Christ. 25 As for husbands, love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her.

  • Jul 28, 2013Home Improvement: It Takes Families To Make A Village
    Jul 28, 2013
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    Joshua 24:15
    15 But if it seems wrong in your opinion to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Choose the gods whom your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you live. But my family and I will serve the LORD.”

     

    Acts 16:32-34
    32 They spoke the Lord's word to him and everyone else in his house. 33 Right then, in the middle of the night, the jailer welcomed them and washed their wounds. He and everyone in his household were immediately baptized. 34 He brought them into his home and gave them a meal. He was overjoyed because he and everyone in his household had come to believe in God.

  • Jul 21, 2013Gods Magic Kingdom: This Tangled Life
    Jul 21, 2013
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    Judges 16: 16-20 CEB
    16 She nagged him with her words day after day and begged him until he became worn out to the point of death.
    17 So he told her his whole secret. He said to her, “No razor has ever touched my head, because I've been a nazirite for God from the time I was born. If my head is shaved, my strength will leave me, and I'll become weak. I'll be like every other person.”
    18 When Delilah realized that he had told her his whole secret, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come one more time, for he has told me his whole secret.” The rulers of the Philistines came up to her and brought the silver with them.
    19 She got him to fall asleep with his head on her lap. Then she called a man and had him shave off the seven braids of Samson's hair. He began to weaken, and his strength left him. 20 She called out,“ Samson, the Philistines are on you!”
  • Jul 14, 2013Gods Magic Kingdom: All The Earth Glorifies God
    Jul 14, 2013
    Gods Magic Kingdom: All The Earth Glorifies God
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    Psalm 8 NIV
    1 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
    You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
    2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
    3 When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
    4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]
    5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
    6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
    7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
    8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
    9 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
  • Jun 30, 2013Gods Magic Kingdom: The Transforming Power of Love
    Jun 30, 2013
    Gods Magic Kingdom: The Transforming Power of Love
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    Acts 9:1-22 (CEB)
    Meanwhile, Saul was still spewing out murderous threats against the Lord's disciples. He went to the high priest, 2 seeking letters to the synagogues in Damascus. If he found persons who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, these letters would authorize him to take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 During the journey, as he approached Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven encircled him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice asking him, “ Saul, Saul, why are you harassing me? ”

     

    5 Saul asked, “ Who are you, Lord? ”

    “ I am Jesus, whom you are harassing, ” came the reply. 6 “ Now get up and enter the city. You will be told what you must do. ”

    7 Those traveling with him stood there speechless; they heard the voice but saw no one. 8 After they picked Saul up from the ground, he opened his eyes but he couldn't see. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. 9 For three days he was blind and neither ate nor drank anything.

    10 In Damascus there was a certain disciple named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, “ Ananias! ”

    He answered, “ Yes, Lord. ”

    11 The Lord instructed him, “ Go to Judas' house on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias enter and put his hands on him to restore his sight. ”

    13 Ananias countered, “ Lord, I have heard many reports about this man. People say he has done horrible things to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 He's here with authority from the chief priests to arrest everyone who calls on your name. ”

    15 The Lord replied, “ Go! This man is the agent I have chosen to carry my name before Gentiles, kings, and Israelites. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name. ”

    17 Ananias went to the house. He placed his hands on Saul and said, “ Brother Saul, the Lord sent me—Jesus, who appeared to you on the way as you were coming here. He sent me so that you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit. ” 18 Instantly, flakes fell from Saul's eyes and he could see again. He got up and was baptized. 19 After eating, he regained his strength.

    He stayed with the disciples in Damascus for several days. 20 Right away, he began to preach about Jesus in the synagogues. “ He is God's Son, ” he declared.

    21 Everyone who heard him was baffled. They questioned each other, “ Isn't he the one who was wreaking havoc among those in Jerusalem who called on this name? Hadn't he come here to take those same people as prisoners to the chief priests? ”

    22 But Saul grew stronger and stronger. He confused the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ.

  • Jun 23, 2013Now That's Faith
    Jun 23, 2013
    Now That's Faith
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    Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16 (CEB)
    Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don't see. The elders in the past were approved because they showed faith. By faith we understand that the universe has been created by a word from God so that the visible came into existence from the invisible.

     

    By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance. He went out without knowing where he was going.

    By faith he lived in the land he had been promised as a stranger. He lived in tents along with Isaac and Jacob, who were coheirs of the same promise. He was looking forward to a city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

    By faith even Sarah received the ability to have a child, though she herself was barren and past the age for having children, because she believed that the one who promised was faithful.
    So descendants were born from one man (and he was as good as dead). They were as many as the number of the stars in the sky and as countless as the grains of sand on the seashore. All of these people died in faith without receiving the promises, but they saw the promises from a distance and welcomed them. They confessed that they were strangers and immigrants on earth. People who say this kind of thing make it clear that they are looking for a homeland.

    If they had been thinking about the country that they had left, they would have had the opportunity to return to it. But at this point in time, they are longing for a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore, God isn't ashamed to be called their God—he has prepared a city for them.

  • Jun 16, 2013Our Cal
    Jun 16, 2013
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    Isaiah 52:13-53:12
    13 See, my servant will act wisely;
    he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted.
    14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him—
    his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being
    and his form marred beyond human likeness—
    15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
    and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
    For what they were not told, they will see,
    and what they have not heard, they will understand.
    53 Who has believed our message
    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
    2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
    and like a root out of dry ground.
    He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
    3 He was despised and rejected by mankind,
    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
    Like one from whom people hide their faces
    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
    4 Surely he took up our pain
    and bore our suffering,
    yet we considered him punished by God,
    stricken by him, and afflicted.
    5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
    the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
    6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
    each of us has turned to our own way;
    and the Lord has laid on him
    the iniquity of us all.
    7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
    yet he did not open his mouth;
    he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
    8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
    Yet who of his generation protested?
    For he was cut off from the land of the living;
    for the transgression of my people he was punished.
    9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
    and with the rich in his death,
    though he had done no violence,
    nor was any deceit in his mouth.
    10 Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
    he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
    11 After he has suffered,
    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
    by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
    and he will bear their iniquities.
    12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
    and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
    because he poured out his life unto death,
    and was numbered with the transgressors.
    For he bore the sin of many,
    and made intercession for the transgressors.