I want to share with you some of my favorite Bible readings as well as a few other moving or thought provoking ideas.....    


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Some complain
that God put thorns on Roses
Others give thanks that God
put Roses on thorns. 
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Zephaniah 3: 14 - 18

14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
18 as on a day of festival. "I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.


Isaiah 12: 2 - 6 star2.gif (21160 bytes)


2 "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."
3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
4 And you will say in that day: "Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted.
5 "Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."


Isaiah 43:1-5

1But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.

2When you pass through the water, I will be with you; in the rivers you shall not drown. When you walk through fire, you shall not be burned; the flames shall not consume you.

3For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in return for you.

4Because you are precious in my eyes and glorious, and because I love you, I give men in return for you and peoples in exchange for your life.

5Fear not, for I am with you; from the east I will bring back your descendants, from the west I will gather you.


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1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God,
3  and every spirit which does not confess Jesus is not of God. This is the spirit of antichrist, of which you heard that it was coming, and now it is in the world already.
4  Little children, you are of God, and have overcome them; for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5  They are of the world, therefore what they say is of the world, and the world listens to them.
6  We are of God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and he who is not of God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.


A READING FROM THE BOOK OF WISDOM star2.gif (21160 bytes)

WISDOM 3, 1-9

The souls of the just are in the hand of God and no torment shall touch them.

They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;

and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction.

But they are in peace.

For if before all, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality;

Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tired them and found them worthy of God.

As gold in the furnace, God proved them and as sacrificial offerings, God took them.

In the time of their visitation, they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;

They shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the Most High shall reign over them forever.

Those who trust in Good, shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with God in love:

Because grace and mercy are within God's holy ones and God's care is with the elect.

(This is the word of the Lord)



Revelation 21:1-7

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
2 I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, God's dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people   and God himself will always be with them as their God.
4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away."
5 The one who sat on the throne  said, "Behold, I make all things new." Then he said, "Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true."
6 He said to me, "They are accomplished. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give a gift from the spring of life-giving water.
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1 Corinthians   15:51-58

51Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
53For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality.
54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
"Death is swallowed up in victory."

55"O death, where is thy victory?
O death, where is thy sting?"

56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

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These are but a few and not necessarily the most well known and frequently quoted.  It would make me very happy to hear from you with your favorite passages from the Bible.    You can email me anytime or sign my guestbook and leave a message there.
Thank you for being here and God Bless you this day


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The Center of the Bible

Even if you are not very religious, you should read this. It's interesting.

  What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
  Answer - Psalms 117

  What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
  Answer - Psalms 119

  Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
  Answer - Psalms 118

  Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalms 118

  Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalms 118

  Add these numbers up and you get 1188

  What is the center verse in the Bible?
  Answer - Psalms 118:8

  Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives?

  The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

  Psalms 118:8 (NKJV) "It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."

  Now isn't that odd how this worked out (or was God in the center of it)?


   Faith doesn't get you around trouble, it gets you through it.




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