Thursday, 23 October 2014

2 Timothy 4:9-22.

2 Timothy 4.9-22
Personal Instructions

"Come to see me as soon as you can. Demas loves the things of this
world so much that he left me and went to Thessalonica. Crescens has
gone to Galatia, and Titus has gone to Dalmatia. Only Luke has stayed
with me. Mark can be very helpful to me, so please find him and bring
him with you. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the
coat I left at Troas with Carpus. Don't forget to bring the scrolls,
especially the ones made of leather. Alexander, the metalworker, has
hurt me in many ways. But the Lord will pay him back for what he has
done. Alexander opposes what we preach. You had better watch out for
him. When I was first put on trial, no one helped me. In fact,
everyone deserted me. I hope it won't be held against them. But the
Lord stood beside me. He gave me the strength to tell his full
message, so that all Gentiles would hear it. And I was kept safe from
hungry lions. The Lord will always keep me from being harmed by evil,
and he will bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. Praise him
forever and ever! Amen.

Final Greetings

Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and to the family of
Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed at Corinth. Trophimus was sick when I left
him at Miletus.
Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus, Pudens, Linus, and
Claudia send you their greetings, and so do the rest of the Lord's
followers. I pray that the Lord will bless your life and will be kind
to you."

God bless you.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Luke 18:15-17.

Matthew 22:15-33.

Matthew 22.15-33
Paying Taxes

"The Pharisees got together and planned how they could trick Jesus
into saying something wrong. They sent some of their followers and
some of Herod's followers to say to him, "Teacher, we know that you
are honest. You teach the truth about what God wants people to do. And
you treat everyone with the same respect, no matter who they are.
Tell us what you think! Should we pay taxes to the Emperor or not?"
Jesus knew their evil thoughts and said, "Why are you trying to test
me? You show-offs! Let me see one of the coins used for paying
taxes." They brought him a silver coin, and he asked, "Whose picture
and name are on it?"

"The Emperor's," they answered. Then Jesus told them, "Give the
Emperor what belongs to him and give God what belongs to God." His
answer surprised them so much that they walked away.

Life in the Future World

The Sadducees did not believe that people would rise to life after
death. So that same day some of the Sadducees came to Jesus and said:
Teacher, Moses wrote that if a married man dies and has no children,
his brother should marry the widow. Their first son would then be
thought of as the son of the dead brother. Once there were seven
brothers who lived here. The first one married, but died without
having any children. So his wife was left to his brother. The same
thing happened to the second and third brothers and finally to all
seven of them. At last the woman died. When God raises people from
death, whose wife will this woman be? She had been married to all
seven brothers.

Jesus answered:

You are completely wrong! You don't know what the Scriptures teach.
And you don't know anything about the power of God. When God raises
people to life, they won't marry. They will be like the angels in
heaven. And as for people being raised to life, God was speaking to
you when he said, "I am the God worshiped by Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob." He isn't the God of the dead, but of the living. The crowds
were surprised to hear what Jesus was teaching."

God bless you.

1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8.

1 Thessalonians 1.1 – 2.8

From Paul, Silas, and Timothy.
To the church in Thessalonica, the people of God the Father and of the
Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that God will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!
We thank God for you and always mention you in our prayers. Each time
we pray, we tell God our Father about your faith and loving work and
about your firm hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Thessalonians' Faith and Example

My dear friends, God loves you, and we know he has chosen you to be
his people. When we told you the good news, it was with the power and
assurance that come from the Holy Spirit, and not simply with words.
You knew what kind of people we were and how we helped you. So, when
you accepted the message, you followed our example and the example of
the Lord. You suffered, but the Holy Spirit made you glad. You became
an example for all the Lord's followers in Macedonia and Achaia. And
because of you, the Lord's message has spread everywhere in those
regions. Now the news of your faith in God is known all over the
world, and we don't have to say a thing about it. Everyone is talking
about how you welcomed us and how you turned away from idols to serve
the true and living God. They also tell how you are waiting for his
Son Jesus to come from heaven. God raised him from death, and on the
day of judgment Jesus will save us from God's anger.

Paul's Work in Thessalonica

My friends, you know that our time with you wasn't wasted. As you
remember, we had been mistreated and insulted at Philippi. But God
gave us the courage to tell you the good news about him, even though
many people caused us trouble. We didn't have any hidden motives when
we won you over, and we didn't try to fool or trick anyone. God was
pleased to trust us with his message. We didn't speak to please
people, but to please God who knows our motives. You also know that we
didn't try to flatter anyone. God himself knows that what we did
wasn't a cover-up for greed. We were not trying to get you or anyone
else to praise us. But as apostles, we could have demanded help from
you. After all, Christ is the one who sent us. We chose to be like
children or like a mother nursing her baby. We cared so much for you,
and you became so dear to us, that we were willing to give our lives
for you when we gave you God's message."

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into
my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

God bless you.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

1 John 4:1.

1Jo 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Repentance prayer.

Father God, forgive my sins. Thank you for sending Jesus Christ down
to die on the cross and for shedding his blood for me. Three days
later you resurrected him. I accept that. I invite Jesus Christ into my heart as my Lord and savior. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Isaiah 45:14-25.

Isaiah 45.14-25
The Lord Alone Can Save

My people, I, the Lord, promise that the riches of Egypt and the
treasures of Ethiopia will belong to you. You will force into slavery
those tall people of Seba. They will bow down and say, "The only true
God is with you; there are no other gods." People of Israel, your God
is a mystery, though he alone can save. Anyone who makes idols will be
confused and terribly disgraced. But Israel, I, the Lord, will always
keep you safe and free from shame.

Everyone Is Invited

The Lord alone is God! He created the heavens and made a world where
people can live, instead of creating an empty desert. The Lord alone
is God; there are no others. The Lord did not speak in a dark secret
place or command Jacob's descendants to search for him in vain. The
Lord speaks the truth, and this is what he says to every survivor from
every nation: "Gather around me! Learn how senseless it is to worship
wooden idols or pray to helpless gods. "Why don't you get together and
meet me in court? Didn't I tell you long ago what would happen? I am
the only God! There are no others. I bring about justice, and have the
power to save. "I invite the whole world to turn to me and be saved. I
alone am God! No others are real. I have made a solemn promise, one
that won't be broken: Everyone will bow down and worship me. They will
admit that I alone can bring about justice. Everyone who is angry with
me will be terribly ashamed and will turn to me. I, the Lord, will
give victory and great honor to the people of Israel."

God bless you.