new-beginning-bible-versesMy boss asked me the other day, “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” Eeek, sorry I don’t have one. Well mine is, blah, blah, blah. My mind trailed off as his excitement escalated. Honestly, I have a tough enough time each day to resolve not to strangle someone. Don’t get me wrong, I need to change stuff about me. Lose a few pounds, eat healthy, bench press more, yada, yada. The biggest thing I need to work on is changing the way I think.

I heard this statement today and I pondered it. “Rejection is God’s Protection.” Yeah, sure … that’s a cool way of side stepping some ill feelings about yourself. Then I thought, why not?  What can I do to shift perception of things that happen to me? I would love to “feel” like God was protecting me from a situational rejection. Somewhere I read, “try to find a positive” in the negative. I guess that would work, but that’s just a work around, I think. You still feel like you have a giant “REJECTION” stamped on your forehead. Someone else suggested, “find some humor in the situation”.  If I could do that I think I would have enough material for a stand up comedy routine.

Actually, for me, my biggest struggle is that I feel that I am “owed” that thing that I am being rejected. Maybe, just maybe it’s all a pride thing. If I lowered my expectation, I might be able to handle the word “no”. Then a new beginning would be something I could look forward to and not death sentence to my ego.

I know well meaning people are quick to pop out a platitude and press out a smile when darkness shrouds your plans, but honestly … it’s just not easy. If it were we would all own a plane and jet around speaking to thousands.

Resolve this ‘day’ to let God help you change the way you think.

 

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -Saint Francis of Assisi

We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Deuteronomy 11:14
then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.

2 Peter 3:13
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Acts 17:21
For all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing.

1 Peter 1:3
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,

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

 

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youversion2I found this article from Christianity Today quite interesting. YouVersion, the super popular bible app, released their year end statistics for 2013.  Users shared 68 million bible verses in 2013 via the YouVersion app and the app was downloaded 49 million times.

The most popular verses for 2013

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Isaiah 40:31    But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Matthew 6:13     And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Joshua 1:9    Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Philippians 4:6   Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

By comparison, the Bible’s most-read chapter was Romans 8—”read 4 times per second in 2013,” notes YouVersion. The other top chapters were Romans 12, Matthew 5, 1 John 4, and Hebrews 12.

The most shared verses on 2013 — Shared through twitter, Facebook, text message and email through the wildly popular bible app YouVersion

1. Psalm 118:24 – This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

2. 1 Peter 5:6 — So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.

3. Isaiah 41:10 — Do not fear for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous hand.

4. Matthew 7:7 — Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.

5. Isaiah 40:31 — But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faith.

6. Hebrews 4:15 – For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

7. Ephesian 5:25-26 – Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

8. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

9. 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

10. Psalm 18:2 – The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield[a] and the horn[b] of my salvation, my stronghold.

I think the information gleaned here is very useful and encouraging to those that feed the flock. People are engaging in a powerful way no matter if it is a leather bound edition of the Bible or an app on your smart phone.

Below is the graphic provided by YouVersion.

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bible verses about frankincense

Bible Verses about Frankincense

Frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies and, for medicinal purposes for centuries.

It was once considered so precious that treasuries were built to house and protect this valuable commodity. The Roman Empire once coveted the Frankincense trade so much that Augustus Caesar ordered 10,000 Roman troops to invade the region in order to control Frankincense production. However, the troops never made it through the desert and had to turn back. Frankincense was of great value then and now as the challenges of sourcing Frankincense from it’s indigenous home continue to make it one of the most expensive and sought after essential oils.

There is a very strong spiritual connection with this very valuable essential oil. It is also has several other strong medicinal purposes like anxiety, infections, inflammation, epilepsy, skin conditions, stress relief and cancer.

Testimonies after testimonies abound concerning the essential oils mention in the bible and none more valuable than frankincense.

Exodus 30:34
And the Lord said to Moses: “Take sweet spices, stacte and onycha and galbanum, and pure frankincense with these sweet spices; there shall be equal amounts of each.

Leviticus 2:1
‘When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.

Leviticus 2:2
He shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests, one of whom shall take from it his handful of fine flour and oil with all the frankincense. And the priest shall burn it as a memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the Lord.

Leviticus 2:15
And you shall put oil on it, and lay frankincense on it. It is a grain offering.

Leviticus 2:16
Then the priest shall burn the memorial portion: part of its beaten grain and part of its oil, with all the frankincense, as an offering made by fire to the Lord.

Leviticus 5:11
‘But if he is not able to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons, then he who sinned shall bring for his offering one-tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a sin offering. He shall put no oil on it, nor shall he put frankincense on it, for it is a sin offering.

Leviticus 6:15
He shall take from it his handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with its oil, and all the frankincense which is on the grain offering, and shall burn it on the altar for a sweet aroma, as a memorial to the Lord.

Leviticus 24:7
And you shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, an offering made by fire to the Lord.
Numbers 5:15
then the man shall bring his wife to the priest. He shall bring the offering required for her, one-tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he shall pour no oil on it and put no frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of jealousy, an offering for remembering, for bringing iniquity to remembrance.

Nehemiah 13:5
And he had prepared for him a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.

Song of Solomon 4:6
“Until the cool of the day When the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh And to the hill of frankincense.

Matthew 2:11
11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

1 Chronicles 9: 29
Some of them also were appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.

Nehemiah 13: 5
And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.

Nehemiah 13: 9
Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense.

The Song of Solomon 3: 6
Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant?

For more information about the benefits of frankincense and other essential oils, go here.

 

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god loves you John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his son that whoever believes in him will be saved.

I love this graphic. Whether it is a natural occurrence or if it was manipulated … I really don’t care. It’s a great reminder to keep looking up, even on your dark days. There are very few constants in life one is, God loves me. God loves you too. Even though that sounds trite, the love of God brings we great comfort … on good days and bad.

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children are a gift from God

Psalm 127:3

New Living Translation (NLT)

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Bible Verses about Children

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Romans 8:31

Romans 8:31

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

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Psalms 147:3

Psalms 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

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To fight fear, actBible Verses about Fear

Fear is a great deterrent in life. Fear of failure. Fear of rejection. Fear of others. Fear is known to distort our viewpoint. Basically, Fear is a liar. To fight fear you must first learn to identify it and call it out. Sometimes I do this verbally … saying, I will not fear that … or I will not be afraid of this person. Fighting fear is just like learning to box or defend yourself. Small lessons repeated until muscle takes place. Then stress is put on the fighter to reveal what they remember. Fighting fear in your life you will need to practice overcoming smaller dilemmas and building on your experience. These bible verses can be a great tool in your toolbox. Punch through the lies of fear. To defeat fear … act.

To defeat Fear … Act

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Matt 10:31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Mark 4:40 NIV He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Deuteronomy 13:4 Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

Fear is a liar

John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Joshua 1:9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

1 Peter 3:14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Psalm 91:4-8 He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Psalm 112:7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

Zephaniah 3:17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears.He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Isaiah 44:8 Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago? You are my witnesses—is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock—not one!

Isaiah 51:12 I, am the one who comforts you. So why are you afraid of mere humans, who wither like the grass and disappear?

2 Chronicles 19:9 You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.

Psalm 34:4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears.

Isaiah 51:7 Listen to me, you who know right from wrong you who cherish my law in your hearts. Do not be afraid of people’s scorn, nor fear their insults.

Luke 1:74-75 We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear, in holiness and righteousness for as long as we live.

Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

2 Corinthians 7:5-6 We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.  But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. His presence was a joy.

Deuteronomy 1:17 Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God.

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

 

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Peace I leave you bible verse

There have been so many times that people have prayed for peace. Peace from war. Peace in their hearts. Peace at home. What is peace? Peace, to me, is simply the absence of negative energy and stress. Working in the church for well over 30 years, one would think it would be a less stressful environment. You would be wrong. The larger churches grow the more demand of bigger and better programs, buildings and staff. Some days I just want to stand up and quote Jesus and say … “Peace, be still.” I am certain that my co-workers would laugh and just carry on the business of church. These bible verses about peace have been near and dear to my heart for many, many years. If you are searching for peace in your life today … I hope you will take a few minutes and just let these verses permeate your heart and soul.

More Bible Verses About Peace

Psalm 29:11
The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 34:14
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Psalm 37:37
Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Peace can help find you rest for your soul

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Romans 14:17-19
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Are you a man or woman of peace?

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints,

2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

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good bible versesGood Bible Verses

Good Bible Verses, is sort of a misleading title … but as you will see these bible verses, or most of them, have to do with the word ‘good’. Good works, good gifts, good things, doing good all have their source in the nature and chracter of God. When God was creating, He looked at what He had done and proclaimed … it is very good. I think sometimes we all get in such a hurry and our impatiece runs past our good sense in dealing with people. When God created us, he thought it was good … but I confess I’m not thinking about God’s creation when someone cuts me off on the highway or has no regard for their choices and how it effects others. I’m usually thinking … not good. It gives me hope that good thinking and good choices lead to good things. Be blessed today as we focus on good bible verses.

Genesis 1:31
New International Version (NIV)
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Matthew 10:42
New Life Version (NLV)
For sure, I tell you, anyone who gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he follows Me, will not lose his reward.”

Good Bible Verses have at their foundation the basic chracter of God

Philippians 1:6
New International Version (NIV)
being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

 

Nehemiah 2:18
New International Version (NIV)
I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

Romans 8:28
New International Version (NIV)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

James 1:17
New International Version (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

2 Thessalonians 3:13
New International Version (NIV)
And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

good bible verses are verses that speaks to your heart and soul

Psalm 133:1
New International Version (NIV)
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Psalm 145:9
New International Version (NIV)
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Matthew 7:11
New International Version (NIV)
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

 

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