Monday, October 16, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 36

This week we're moving into the book of Job. Job is considered to be the very first Bible book to ever be written, even before Moses penned the Pentateuch (the first five chapters of the Bible between 1445 B.C. and 1405 B.C.). Notice how much Job and others know about the world at such an early date.

Week 36
Sunday, October 15                      Esther 9:18 -  Job 3:26
Monday, October 16                     Job 4:1 - 6:30
Tuesday, October 17                     Job 7:1 - 9:35
Wednesday, October 18                Job 10:1 - 13:19
Thursday, October 19                   Job  13:20 - 16:22
Friday, October 20                        Job  17:1 - 20:29
Saturday, October 21                    Job 21:1 - 23:17

Monday, October 9, 2017

Be Patient and Preserving

Daily Bible Verse
NKJV
James 5:7-8 (NIV)
Patience in Suffering
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, 
until the Lord’s coming. 
See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, 
patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 
You too, be patient and stand firm, 
because the Lord’s coming is near.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 35

Week 35
Sunday, October 8                       Ezra 10:18 - Nehemiah 3:32
Monday, October 9                      Nehemiah 4:1 - 7:3
Tuesday, October 10                    Nehemiah  7:4 - 8:12
Wednesday, October 11               Nehemiah  8:13 - 10:39
Thursday, October 12                  Nehemiah  11:1 - 13:3
Friday, October 13                       Nehemiah  13:4 - Esther 3:15
Saturday, October 14                   Esther 4:1 - 9:17

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Are you a child of God?

Daily Bible Verse 1 John 3:1-2 (NIV)
The Children of God
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, 
that we should be called children of God! 
And that is what we are! 
The reason the world does not know us is that
it did not know Him. 
Dear friends, now we are children of God, 
and what we will be has not yet been made known. 
But we know that when Christ appears, 
we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Isaiah 55:10-11

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)
An Invitation to Abundant Life
As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is My word that goes out from My mouth:
    It will not return to Me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
An Invitation to Abundant Life
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are My ways higher than your ways
    and My thoughts than your thoughts."

Monday, October 2, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Isaiah 55:6-7

Isaiah 55:6-7 (NIV)

An Invitation to Abundant Life
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.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 34

Week 34
Sunday, October 1                       2 Chronicles 23:12 - 26:23
Monday, October 2                      2 Chronicles 27:1 - 29:36
Tuesday, October 3                      2 Chronicles 30:1 - 32:33
Wednesday, October 4                 2 Chronicles 33:1 - 35:27
Thursday, October 5                    2 Chronicles 36:1 - Ezra 2:70
Friday, October 6                         Ezra 3:1 - 7:10
Saturday, October 7                     Ezra 7:11 - 10:17

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 33

Week 33
Sunday, September 24                       1 Chronicles 26:20 - 29:20
Monday, September 25                      1 Chronicles 29:21 - 2 Chronicles 5:1
Tuesday, September 26                      2 Chronicles 5:2 - 7:22
Wednesday, September 27                 2 Chronicles 8:1 - 11:17
Thursday, September 28                    2 Chronicles 11:18 - 16:6
Friday, September 29                         2 Chronicles 16:7 - 19:11
Saturday, September 30                     2 Chronicles 20:1 - 23:11

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 32

Week 32
Sunday, September 10                       1 Chronicles 7:6 - 9:9
Monday, September 11                      1 Chronicles 9:10 - 11:47
Tuesday, September 12                      1 Chronicles 12:1 - 14:17
Wednesday, September 13                 1 Chronicles 15:1 - 16:43
Thursday, September 14                    1 Chronicles 17:1 - 20:8
Friday, September 15                         1 Chronicles 21:1 - 23:32
Saturday, September 16                     1 Chronicles 24:1 - 26:19

Monday, September 4, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 31

Week 31
Sunday, September 3                       2 Kings 15:27 - 18:16
Monday, September 4                      2 Kings 18:17 - 20:21
Tuesday, September 5                      2 Kings 21:1 - 2 Kings 23:37
Wednesday, September 6                 2 Kings 24:1 - 1 Chronicles 1:33
Thursday, September 7                    1 Chronicles 1:34 - 3:9
Friday, September 8                         1 Chronicles 3:10 - 5:26
Saturday, September 9                     1 Chronicles 6:1 - 7:5

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 30

Week 30
Sunday, August 27                      1 Kings 18:20 - 20:34
Monday, August 28                     1 Kings 20:35 - 22:50
Tuesday, August 29                     1 Kings 22:51 - 2 Kings 4:7
Wednesday, August 30                2 Kings 4:8 - 6:23
Thursday, August 31                   2 Kings 6:24 - 9:26
Friday, September 1                    2 Kings 9:27 - 12:16
Saturday, September 2                2 Kings 12:17 - 15:26

Monday, August 21, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Weeks 28 & 29

I'm so far behind on everything. From my last update post on July 30th, things have since gotten crazier, and life has since thrown me several more curve balls, so here I am again, ready to re-re-restart again. My personal bible reading is now 6 weeks behind even with all of the weeks I've skipped posting, and that's okay. The goal is to read the bible, every day preferably, even if it's only a few verses. There have been so many times when I've read the bible and had an answer presented to me, either in a response to a prayer, or just a response to how I was feeling and what I needed to hear.  So, keep on reading.
Week 28
Sunday, August 13                      2 Samuel 7:1 - 10:19
Monday, August 14                    2 Samuel 11:1 - 13:22
Tuesday, August 15                    2 Samuel 13:23 - 15:37
Wednesday, August 16               2 Samuel 16:1 - 18:32
Thursday, August 17                  2 Samuel 18:33 - 21:14
Friday, August 18                       2 Samuel 21:15 - 23:39
Saturday, August 19                   2 Samuel 24:1 - 1 Kings 2:9

Week 29
Sunday, August 20                      1 Kings 2:10 - 4:19
Monday, August 21                     1 Kings 4:20 - 7:12
Tuesday, August 22                     1 Kings 7:13 - 8:53
Wednesday, August 23                1 Kings 8:54 - 11:13
Thursday, August 24                   1 Kings 11:14 - 13:10
Friday, August 15                        1 Kings 13:11 - 15:32
Saturday, August 26                    1 Kings 15:33 - 18:19

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 27


Week 27
Sunday, August 6                       1 Samuel 15:10 - 17:58
Monday, August 7                      1 Samuel 18:1 - 20:42
Tuesday, August 8                      1 Samuel 21:1 - 24:22
Wednesday, August 9                 1 Samuel 25:1 - 28:2
Thursday, August 10                  1 Samuel 28:3 - 31:13
Friday, August 11                       2 Samuel 1:1 - 3:21
Saturday, August 12                   2 Samuel 3:22 - 6:23

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Updates

I've been away for the last several months (hopefully, someone has noticed), but now I'm back, barring any other life-altering, shattering, overwhelming-ness events in the near future.
Sometime in May, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a whole lot of hurry up and wait which is very draining on the entire family, but in the end, we realize that everyone we've talked to, dealt with, seen, within the healthcare community has been absolutely wonderful. I'm partial to Kettering Health Network in Kettering, Ohio because that's where I received such excellent care when I had breast cancer. I think they are absolutely the best! I have yet to meet even one person there who didn't give 110% all the time!

While all of this was going on, I had a breast MRI as a follow-up with my cancer care and it showed something suspicious. In the end, it was nothing, but I had to go back for an MRI guided needle biopsy which is double horrible for a person who is claustrophobic, like me. So, there's scheduling, waiting for the results, and a million things racing through my mind. It's really difficult to just "wait". Waiting is an unintentional cruelty that must be endured when it comes to testing and diagnosing. I knew from past experience that the best thing I could do for myself was to keep busy and try not to dwell on it, but that was just impossible. At the same time trying to be there for my mom and what she was going through often meant trying to minimize what I was really thinking and feeling. Everything else just got put on the back burner and I finally feel like I can start moving forward again.

My mom is doing great and is currently in her first week of estrogen blockers, so we'll see how that goes. So far, she's been getting headaches from it, but I'm hoping she gives it a couple of weeks before giving up on it since some side effects do lessen over time.

Anyway, this is a short, and probably dis-connected little post about what I've been up to. There's so much to write about all of this...breast cancer touches so many families. So, hopefully I will stick with following through on writing about my experiences and my mother's because our two cancers were completely different from one another.

Read the Bible in a Year Week 26

Week 26
Sunday, July 30                       Judges 16:23 - 19:30
Monday, July 31                      Judges 20:1 - Ruth 1:5
Tuesday, August 1                   Ruth 1:6 - 1 Samuel 1:7
Wednesday, August 2              1 Samuel 1:8 - 4:1
Thursday, August 3                 1 Samuel 4:2 - 8:22
Friday, August 4                      1 Samuel 9:1 - 12:25
Saturday, August 5                  1 Samuel 13:1 - 15:9

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Right Road

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

This passage was the subject of today's sermon, and is what I consider my "life verse". There was a very long period of my life when I was no longer reading the Bible, no longer attending church, and I wasn't even praying.

I got so caught up in life and everything seemed to be going wrong; I was unwilling to take the time to include God in my life. I suffered for it. I tried to deal with everything by myself, and failed miserably. Finally, I realized that God was still there, working through others to reach me, granting me blessings and mercy. Finally, I returned to Him, made Him the focus of my attention. Finally, my burden was lightened.

"But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26 (NKJV) (emphasis mine).

He comforts me, guides me, and answers my prayers. He is with me always. Trust in Him.

Read the Bible in a Year Week 25

Week 25
Sunday, July 9                      Joshua 21:1 - 22:34
Monday, July 10                   Joshua 23:1 - Judges 1:36
Tuesday, July 11                   Judges 2:1 - 4:24
Wednesday, July 12              Judges 5:1 - 7:25
Thursday, July 13                 Judges 8:1 - 9:57
Friday, July 14                      Judges 10:1 - 12:15
Saturday, July 15                  Judges 13:1 - 16:22

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 24

Week 24
Sunday, July 2                    Deuteronomy 32:48 - Joshua 2:24
Monday, July 3                   Joshua 3:1 - 6:27
Tuesday, July 4                   Joshua 7:1 - 9:27
Wednesday, July 5              Joshua 10:1 - 12:24
Thursday, July 6                 Joshua 13:1 - 15:19
Friday, July 7                      Joshua 15:20 - 18:10
Saturday, July 8                  Joshua 18:11 - 20:9

Monday, June 26, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 23

Week 23
Sunday, June 25                    Deuteronomy 11:1 - 14:2
Monday, June 26                   Deuteronomy 14:3 - 17:13
Tuesday, June 27                   Deuteronomy 17:14 - 21:14
Wednesday, June 28              Deuteronomy 21:15 - 25:4
Thursday, June 29                 Deuteronomy 25:5 - 28:14
Friday, June 30                     Deuteronomy 28:15 - 29:29
Saturday, July 1                    Deuteronomy 30:1 - 32:47

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 22

Week 22
Sunday, June 18                   Numbers 30:1 - 31:54
Monday, June 19                  Numbers 32:1 - 33:49
Tuesday, June 20                  Numbers 33:50 - 36:13
Wednesday, June 21             Deuteronomy 1:1 - 2:37
Thursday, June 22                Deuteronomy 3:1 - 4:49
Friday, June 23                     Deuteronomy 5:1 - 7:26
Saturday, June 24                 Deuteronomy 8:1 - 10:22

Monday, June 12, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 21

Week 21
Sunday, June 11                   Numbers 11:1 - 13:33
Monday, June 12                  Numbers 14:1 - 15:41
Tuesday, June 13                  Numbers 16:1 - 18:20
Wednesday, June 14             Numbers 18:21 - 21:20
Thursday, June 15                Numbers 21:21 - 23:26
Friday, June 16                     Numbers 23:27 - 26:65
Saturday, June 17                 Numbers 27:1 - 29:40

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 20

I completely missed posting the week's reading last Sunday, but used that time to catch up (somewhat) with my daily bible reading. I'm still a few weeks behind (okay, I'm 5 whole weeks behind) but feel confident that I will, someday, eventually, catch up. Besides, this is meant to get us to read the Bible everyday, not a competition. If we speed-read through the scriptures, then we aren't really reading. I am reading straight through this year, but will go back to reading a chapter, then reading commentary about that chapter next year. If you don't have a study Bible, I highly recommend getting one. It has made such a difference in my understanding and growth.

Week 20
Sunday, May 28                 Leviticus 23:26 -25:38
Monday, May 29                Leviticus 25:39 - 27:34
Tuesday, May 30                Numbers 1:1 - 2:34
Wednesday, May 31           Numbers 3:1 - 4:33
Thursday, June 1                Numbers 4:34 - 6:27
Friday, June 2                     Numbers 7:1-89
Saturday, June 3                 Numbers 8:1 - 10:36

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day 2017


     I have two daughters. The days that I gave birth were the two happiest days of my entire life. They are both blessings, and I thank God everyday for them. How they turned out so great is a mystery to me even now.
     When you have a baby, there’s no manual, no advanced training, no simulation exercise that can possibly prepare you for the day to day challenges that occur. Sure, you can look up “how to treat diaper rash,” you can ask around for recommendations for babysitters, nursery schools, etc., you can even look up baby names that mean some characteristic you hope will be prominent in your child. But the more subtle things, you have to learn on the fly, and let me tell you, it can get pretty scary. “What’s she crying for? Should I call the Doctor? Does she need fed, changed, attention, sleep? Should I call the Doctor? How much formula does she need? Should I call the Doctor? How will cereal affect her? Should I call the Doctor? What’s the latest thinking on sleep positions: laying her on her back, side, tummy? Should I call the Doctor? Stuff like that, you just have to figure out for your particular child and situation.  Sometimes, oftentimes, it’s trial and error, with an emphasis on error.
     I’m very thankful for my parents. They did an excellent job raising me, (IMO) and I learned a lot about being a parent from them. I feel blessed to have been born to them, especially because there are people in this world who should never have children, and several people in this world who miraculously survived despite their upbringing. However, I think, most of the time, there are parents like me, who tried to learn from their own upbringing, who did the best we could, prayed, and continue to pray, in the hopes of creating a generation better than our own, one that will make the world a better place.

Happy Mother's Day!

Read the Bible in a Year Week 19

Week 19
Sunday, May 14                 Leviticus 5:1 - 7:38
Monday, May 15                Leviticus 8:1 - 10:20
Tuesday, May 16                Leviticus 11:1 - 13:46
Wednesday, May 17           Leviticus 13:47 - 14:57
Thursday, May 18              Leviticus 15:1 - 17:16
Friday, May 19                   Leviticus 18:1 - 20:27
Saturday, May 20               Leviticus 21:1 - 23:25

Monday, May 8, 2017

Courage

Today, I found Courage from Twitter*:



Sometimes Courage can be found in the most obscure places, but when we do find it, it's like "Pow!!!, where have you been all my life?!"
Courage is a powerful thing, but so is Fear. One will propel you into the great unknown, give you a freedom like nothing else, allow you to soar with the eagles; the other will chain you down, drag you deep into a cloud of darkness, and make for an unfulfilled life.

I've read several places, when faced with a decision, or something new, especially something a little frightening (like changing jobs, going back to school, jumping out of an airplane), ask yourself:
"What's the worst thing that can happen?"
If the answer is something that is absolutely negative, then, weigh that against the positive. If the answer is something that can be remedied, then, what's holding you back?

Make a list of pros and cons if necessary. Talk to people who have done the thing you're wanting to do. But, whatever you do, don't 'do nothing.'

*I'm not adept at social media manners, so I didn't know whether or not to include the original submitters' names of the tweets, or not; decided to err on the side of caution.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 18

Week 18
Sunday, May 7                 Exodus 25:1 - 27:8
Monday, May 8                Exodus 27:9 - 29:37
Tuesday, May 9                Exodus 29:38 - 32:35
Wednesday, May 10          Exodus 33:1 - 35:29
Thursday, May 11             Exodus 35:30 - 38:8
Friday, May 12                  Exodus 38:9 - 40:33
Saturday, May 13              Exodus 40:34 - Leviticus 4:35

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Colossians 3:1

Colossians 3:1 (NIV)

Since, then, you have been 
raised with Christ, 
set your hearts on things above, 
where Christ is, 
seated at the right hand of God.

Peace starts here


I have been deep in thought all week. In these times of "political correctness" and "tolerance", there exists a volatility still, that divides us and may someday destroy us. I'm starting to think that the political correctness is just for show. Maybe people really aren't tolerant, but act like it in order to avoid backlash.

Maybe he was elected because his inappropriate comments are what people are really thinking/feeling.

I pray this isn't true.

I ended up taking this past week off from writing, basically, because someone read this post and advised me to be sure to speak the truth. So, I've spent the week researching and thinking and soul searching. I asked God, "What do you want me to do?" He answered, and I have my work cut out for me; which is a good thing.

I was raised to not talk about religion or politics. Additionally, because of  certain episodes in my past, I withdrew into a silent, weak, middle-of-the-road person, and kept most of my thoughts and feelings and opinions to myself. But, I feel that the time has come to break my silence. Surely, there are people like me, who share my feelings and ideas, who could benefit from what I have to say, if only to feel that none of us are alone.

If there's backlash, then, so be it. I want to hear both sides of every story. It's the only way to honestly, truthfully be able to form my own opinions.  For every truth or fact, there may be many interpretations. Those interpretations could be formed from a bias, only hearing what one wants to hear, or from previous knowledge, or any number of reasons.

For example, if I say "The sky is blue." That's a fact, a truth.
But, for the person who's colorblind, he may say, "No. It's grey." or
for the person who is depressed, "No. It's overcast. Looks like rain."
for the person halfway around the world, "No. The sun is setting. The sky is red, orange, and yellow."

I believe that this is what happens with us, and why we all seem to see the exact same thing but, perceive it differently. Each one of us is an individual, unique. That's a good thing. We just need to know that and embrace it; listen to different opinions with an open mind. Let go of the anger, resentment, hatred. Be the blessing.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Colossians 2:8-10

Colossians 2:8-10 (NIV)


See to it that no one takes you captive 
through hollow and deceptive philosophy, 
which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces
of this world 
rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness
of the Deity lives in bodily form, 
and in Christ you have been brought
to fullness. 
He is the head over every power and authority.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

Spiritual Fullness in Christ
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, 
continue to live your lives in Him, 
rooted and built up in Him, 
strengthened in the faith as you were taught, 
and overflowing with thankfulness.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, 
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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

God's Not Dead Quote 2


Voting Day today - May 2 2017


Don't forget to vote today. These smaller elections are important to participate in, especially since the issues affect where you live.

In Brookville, Ohio today, there are 3 issues on the ballot (visit: https://tinyurl.com/mg24t6g), plus voting for funds for the Miami Valley Joint Vocational School.

Visit your County's Board of Election's website for information about your city or town. In Montgomery County, Ohio, the website is: https://tinyurl.com/mzh757j

The cities and towns of Montgomery, Ohio that are voting today include:
Huber Heights, West Carrollton, New Lebanon, Phillipsburg, Jefferson Township, Washington Township,
Beavercreek City Schools, Northmont City Schools, Oakwood City Schools, Valley View Local School District, Carlisle Local School District, Preble Shawnee Local School District,

Other issues:
Miami Valley Careeer Technology, and Wright Memorial Public Library

Check the website for a complete list of issues and candidates.

Daily Bible Verse Philippians 4:4-7

Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

Final Exhortations
Rejoice in the Lord always. 
I will say it again: Rejoice! 
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near. 
Do not be anxious about anything, 
but in every situation, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, 
present your requests to God. 
And the peace of God, 
which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Ephesians 3:14-19

Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)

A Prayer for the Ephesians
For this reason I kneel before the Father, 
from Whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 
I pray that out of His glorious riches
He may strengthen you with power 
through His Spirit in your inner being, 
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. 
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 
may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, 
to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 
and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that 
you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Camp Nanowrimo 2017 Last Day



I spent much of last week pushing myself to make my goal of re-writing 30,000 words of my first novel. It was a difficult month and I've decided that while editing is the most important process of writing, it's also not as fun as the initial write-everything-that-pops-into-my-head. Others see it differently; they enjoy editing. I need to get to that point. The important thing is that I worked on it every day, and met a goal. I need to have that same goal for this month, and the next month. Maybe then I'll be ready to send it out to beta readers. The problem is, there's no certificate, or badge, or t-shirt at the end of the next two months. I need those small motivators, however piddly they seem to be. I ordered my t-shirt and winner's badge at the beginning of April, and they arrived within a week. I've kept them in their unopened package this whole time until I "won" the month. It's what's kept me working. If I hadn't won, then I'm not sure what I would've done, so it wasn't an option.


So, my little hiatus here is over and I want to get back to blogging several times a week and sharing bible verses every day. I want to step it up a notch and support local artists, businesses, etc., and will have a few "opinions" to share about the world in general. Subscribe to my blog by email so you don't miss anything.
Have a blessed Mayday.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 17

Week 17
Sunday, April 30              Exodus 4:1 - 6:27
Monday, May 1                Exodus 6:28 - 9:35
Tuesday, May 2                Exodus 10:1 - 12:42
Wednesday, May 3           Exodus 12:43 - 15:21
Thursday, May 4              Exodus 15:22 - 18:27
Friday, May 5                   Exodus 19:1 - 21:36
Saturday, May 6               Exodus 22:1 - 24:18

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Gift of God

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

The Gift of God
For it is by grace you have been saved, 
through faith—
and this is not from yourselves, 
it is the gift of God— 
not by works, so that no one can boast.

In other words, you can't get into Heaven just by doing good deeds. You have to have faith in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Good deeds are done by those who follow Him, and those deeds are rewarded in Heaven with crowns which we will throw to the feet of Jesus. Like a famous Pastor once said, 'I don't want to meet Jesus empty handed.' To read about the Five crowns, click here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

God's Not Dead


This quote is so true. I've seen evidence of it time and again.

We just watched "God's Not Dead II" tonight and I thought it was an excellent movie. I'll be posting some quotes from both the first and second movies over the next week or two, just in case you didn't see them.

Read the Bible in a Year Week 16


Week 16
Sunday, April 23              Genesis 35:1 - 37:11
Monday, April 24             Genesis 37:12 - 39:23
Tuesday, April 25             Genesis 40:1 - 41:57
Wednesday, April 26        Genesis 42:1 - 44:17
Thursday, April 27           Genesis 44:18 - 47:12
Friday, April 28                Genesis 47:13 - 50:14
Saturday, April 29            Genesis 50:15 - Exodus 3:22

Praise to God for a Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)

Praise to God for a Living Hope
Praise be to the God and Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ! 
In His great mercy He has given us 
new birth into a living hope through the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 
This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 
who through faith are shielded by God’s power 
until the coming of the salvation that is ready 
to be revealed in the last time.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

John's Vision of Christ Revelation 1:17-18

Revelation 1:17-18 John's Vision of Christ

When I saw Him, 
I fell at His feet as though dead. 
Then He placed His right hand on me and said: 
"Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 
I am the Living One; 
I was dead, and now look, 
I am alive for ever and ever! 
And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Daniel 7:13-14

Daniel 7:13-14 (NIV) Daniel's Dream

“In my vision at night I looked, 
and there before me was One like a Son of Man, 
coming with the clouds of heaven. 
He approached the Ancient of Days 
and was led into His presence. 
He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; 
all nations and peoples of every language 
worshiped Him. 
His dominion is an everlasting dominion 
that will not pass away, 
and His kingdom is one that will never be destroyed."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Challenge: The Great Commission

Daily Bible Verse Matthew 28:16-20 (NIV)

The Great Commission
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, 
to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 
When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; 
but some doubted.
Then Jesus came to them and said, 
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. 
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, 
and teaching them to obey 
everything I have commanded you. 
And surely I am with you always, 
to the very end of the age.”

The Great Commission wasn't only for the eleven disciples; it is given to all of us. We are all tasked to fulfill these duties. Think about ways that you can spread the word of God. We have the ability to change the world, even if it's one soul at a time. See also, The Starfish Story.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year Week 15

Week 15
Sunday, April 16              Genesis 17:1 - 19:29
Monday, April 17             Genesis 19:30 - 22:24
Tuesday, April 18             Genesis 23:1 - 24:67
Wednesday, April 19        Genesis 25:1 - 27:29
Thursday, April 20           Genesis 27:30 - 30:24
Friday, April 21                Genesis 30:25 - 31:55
Saturday, April 22            Genesis 32:1 - 34:31

Jesus and the Easter Bunny



This was too cute not to share. Apparently, I'm not the only one who's confused about how the Easter Bunny reconciles with the Resurrection. This little girl has given it a lot of thought.

Video found on youtube


Jesus has Risen

Mark 16:1-7 (NIV) Jesus Has Risen


When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.’”

Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday - Jesus Dies


Luke 23:44-47 (NIV)
It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 
for the sun stopped shining. 
And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”
When he had said this, he breathed his last.
The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous Man.”

Good Friday - Man Saved During Crucifixion

Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t You the Messiah? Save Yourself and us!”
But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this Man has done nothing wrong.”
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”

Good Friday - Jesus is Crucified

Luke 23:32-34 (NIV)

Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with Him to be executed. 
When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified Him there, along with the criminals—one on His right, the other on His left. 
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” 
And they divided up His clothes by casting lots.

This fulfilled the Prophesies of Psalm 22:18 and Isaiah 53:12

Good Friday at Daybreak

Luke 22:66-71 (NIV)
 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. 
“If You are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us.”


Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. 
But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
They all asked, “Are You then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You say that I am.”
Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from His own lips.”

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter and commemorates The Last Supper when Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples. Before the meal, He washed the feet of His disciples to teach us humility, and that we are to serve others.

John 13:15-17 (NIV)
"I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them."

Leonardo DaVinci "The Last Supper"
Afterwards, He broke bread and shared wine with them. This is Communion which is celebrated in churches to honor Him and what He did for us.

Luke 22:19-20 (NIV)
"And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” In the same way, after the supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you."

Afterward, when Jesus was praying in the garden, He was arrested.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Little Goose in the Big City

There's a new influx of residents flocking to downtown Dayton. No longer just the "in" place to live for Gen-Xers, but now some of our fine feathered friends are reversing the direction of "Urban Flight" back toward the big city.


This handsome single is perusing the town for the perfect place to roost. The suburbs were once the ultimate destination for a high-stressed just-want-to-get-away-from-it-all generation, but for this new breed of city dwellers, downtown is hip, artsy, and only for those individuals who have the discernment and character to appreciate what the city has to offer.
So, "welcome, new neighbor!"

Daily Bible Verse Luke 22:47-48, 52-54

Luke 22:47-48, 52-54 (NIV) Jesus Arrested
47-48
While He was still speaking a crowd came up, 
and the man who was called Judas, 
one of the Twelve, was leading them. 
He approached Jesus to kiss Him, 
but Jesus asked him, 
“Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?”
***
52-54
Then Jesus said to the chief priests, 
the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, 
who had come for him, 
“Am I leading a rebellion, 
that you have come with swords and clubs? 
Every day I was with you in the temple courts, 
and you did not lay a hand on me. 
But this is your hour—when darkness reigns.”
Then seizing Him, they led Him away 
and took Him into the house of the high priest. 
Peter followed at a distance.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Daily Bible Verse John 12:27-33

John 12:27-33 (NIV)

“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 
‘Father, save Me from this hour’? 
No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 
Father, glorify Your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, 
“I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 
The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; 
others said an angel had spoken to Him.

Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, not Mine. 
Now is the time for judgment on this world; 
now the prince of this world will be driven out. 
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, 
will draw all people to Myself.” 
He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Writing for Transformation

Left to Right: Omope Carter Daboiku, Grace Curtis,
Furaha Henry-Jones, Melody Moezzi

Writing for Transformation
43rd Annual Writers' Workshop
Sinclair Community College

    Today I attended this amazing workshop funded/presented by the English Department at Sinclair Community College. Furaha Henry-Jones headed the event, bringing together the awe-inspiring talent of Melody Moezzi, Author and Keynote speaker, Omope Carter Daboiku, Storyteller and Memorist, and Grace Curtis, Poet. 
     These wonderful, wonderful women have, in one short afternoon, totally changed my outlook on writing, and maybe even in how I think and look at life. They are bold, brave, courageous women who are actively living the lives they want to live. To someone like me, who has been feeling old and "stuck" in my current life lately, hearing them was like being granted permission to change my current path; they all shared a common thread of advice: "do what you want to do, be who you want to be." I needed to hear that, to be given that permission. 
     My notes look as if I attended a motivational seminar instead of a writing workshop, but I believe the two go hand in hand. Every writer, that is every person who writes (I write, therefore I am a writer!) goes through this emotional roller coaster. We can be on a writing streak, loving every word, every syllable, shedding tears of joy at the genius of our prose, and then, BOOM! BAM! ZWING! the tears become pools of self-berated despondency at the horrible, sickening, disgusting garbage we've slung at the page, daring to think of it as literature, miserable in the belief that there is no creativity, no talent; it was just wishful thinking. We decide to give-up, vow never again to touch pen to paper or keystroke to electronic-device-of-your-choosing, when KABOOM! inspiration strikes and we're back to the proverbial drawing board, hunched over like a predator over its prey, pounding away at the keys (maybe even cackling), once again rejoicing at our own self proclaimed genius, wondering how in the world could we have ever doubted our brilliant gift?
Or, at least that's what happens to me. 
   Three completely different women, and I was able to relate to each one on several levels. Their messages were:
Be authentic.
Be bold.
We are experts of our own stories, and each of us has a story to tell.
Know yourself, and know what you have to say.
Just do it. (one of my personal philosophies, see my post "Do It")
Write to heal, to purge, for the joy of it.
Don't be scared.

     Lastly, I'm going to toot my own horn for a second...after the workshops, there was an open mic session, and as emboldened as I was from the day's workshops, I bucked up, sucked it in and read a very personal poem that I had written. I have never done that before. Most of what I write, I keep to myself, so "yay, go me" :)

In Grace's workshop, we each wrote a poem about a random item. Here's mine:

Crackle, crumble, dry and square
plastic wrapped, but please beware,
if uncovered, naked, bare,
freshness wanes, but do you care?
I think "no", as my soup is cupped,
and the cracker serves to sop it up.
by Shari Young, 4/10/17






Daily Bible Verse John 12:23-26

John 12:23-26 (NIV)

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the 
Son of Man to be glorified. 
Very truly I tell you, 
unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, 
it remains only a single seed. 
But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, 
while anyone who hates their life in this world 
will keep it for eternal life. 
Whoever serves Me must follow Me; 
and where I am, 
My servant also will be. 
My Father will honor the one who serves Me.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday April 9 2017


Palm Sunday: Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

photo by: Nariman El-Mofty/AP
found at: NBCNews
Today, Palm Sunday is scarred by terrorism. At least 38 people have been killed in Egypt while attending church services. See the full story here. I am speechless, horrified. Please join me in prayer for the victims, their families, their country, and their killers.
Palm Sunday commemorates the celebration of Jesus' return to Jerusalem.
Each of the four Gospels tells of this event: Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:29-38 and 

John 12:12-16
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting,
“Hosanna!”
“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the King of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
    see, your King is coming,
    seated on a donkey’s colt.”
At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to Him.

Peace be with you all. God bless.