“…They Didn’t Even Smell of Smoke!”


Morning Meds (Take 1 each Morning with all the Prayer You Need)

27 Then the high officers, officials, governors, and advisers crowded around them and saw that the fire had not touched them. Not a hair on their heads was singed, and their clothing was not scorched. They didn’t even smell of smoke!— Daniel 3:27 NLT

Daniel 3:25-30 NLT

Shadrach, Meschah and Abednego had refused to bow to the ninety foot statue of Nebuchadnezzar. They, instead, chose to remain faithful to their God. They told the king that whether God chose to deliver them or not, they would always remain faithful. For their faithfulness, they were thrown into a fiery furnace that burned so hot, the soldiers throwing them into the furnace were killed. Rather quickly, Nebuchadnezzar learned that his plan to destroy the three men did not work. God joined them in the furnace and delivered them so completely that their clothes did not even have the smell of smoke on them…

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MONDAY (October 18, 2021)


Read. Pray. Love. Daily.

“Order of Worship” α

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§ WE ARE LED INTO GOD’S PRESENCE

Through prayer, let’s draw near to our heavenly Father through His only Son Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, approaching the throne of grace with confidence that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need:

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to
this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor
be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Morning Prayer II: Collect for Grace — Book of Common Prayer 100)

§ WE LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD

Reading the WordACTS 11 (LISTEN HERE

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To Grandmother’s House We Go


Intentional Faith

I remember as a little girl going to my grandmother’s house and the first thing my sister and I would do was run into the guest bedroom and pull out the bottom drawer of a dresser. Inside were blocks, books, and my very favorite, a pair of old, high heels that we would fight over to wear!

What my grandmother did that was so special was she set apart a place just for us grandchildren. Though she had downsized, she still kept a small area in her home just for us.

And to this day I still remember the feeling I had each time I went over to her house: that I was loved, and I was wanted.

The very last thing we ever want to convey to our grandchildren is that they are a nuisance, in the way, or a bother. I’m sure you would never want them to…

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BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 2: Matthew 7:1-6 — AtoZMom’s BSF Blog


SUMMARY OF MATTHEW 7:1-6 Jesus is still speaking his sermon on the mount. Do not judge others, and you won’t be judged. Quit being a hypocrite and judging others for it. Do not give your valuables to others who may trample them and tear you to pieces. BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 2:…

BSF Study Questions Matthew Lesson 8, Day 2: Matthew 7:1-6 — AtoZMom’s BSF Blog

Book Review: Exodus Old and New (ESBT), L. Michael Morales


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This is the second volume in a 10-volume series called the Essential Studies in Biblical Theology (ESBT) series. Each book looks at an aspect of God’s plan of redemption in the Bible. Each volume is meant to be a primer, accessible to all people, that introduces them to a particular biblical theme while tying it to how we live and minister as Christians in God’s world. Instead of getting into the weeds like many of the NSBT volumes do, the ESBT volumes show us the fruit of the authors’ close exegesis.

Ben Gladd’s first volume looked at who the people of God are. The church, composed of believing Jews and Gentiles, is the restored people of God, true Israel, because of their identification with him” (xi). Moving forward, L. Michael Morales, professor of biblical studies at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, provides a biblical theology of redemption. He uses the exodus…

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Are You at Home with the LORD?


I love the Psalms

Reading: Psalm 27:4-6
One thing I ask of the LORD,
This is what I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To gaze on the beauty of the LORD
And seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle
And set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me;
At his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the LORD (NIV).*

img_20210930_0835054 Early morning calm — photo by David Kitz

Reflection
No matter where we travel, or how pleasant the journey, within us all there is a longing to be home. The same longing for the safety and comfort…

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Does the cost of discipleship involve self-denial?


Jesus Quotes and God Thoughts

See the source imageJesus lays out the terms of discipleship. There were great crowds following Him. Everyone loved the miracles, healing, and free food. Jesus was cool, the talk of the town, and the latest fad. But He knew their hearts. He knew they desired the benefits of what He did rather than an understanding of who He was. They loved His gifts, not the life He was calling them to. So He explained what it takes to be one of His followers.

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has…

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James 2:19-22


Arlin Sorensen's Thoughts on Scripture

In James 2:19-22 he reminds us that just believing there is a God is not enough. Even demons believe that. “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” The fallacy of faith without works is demonstrated by the demons, which have a “dead” faith in God. The demons believe in the sense that they acknowledge that God exists. But this kind of faith does nothing for the demons, because it isn’t real faith, and that is proved by the fact that it doesn’t have works along with it. Knowing God is won’t cut it. Having a living faith in God is what is required. And Abraham is our example.

James decides to prove to us as readers that faith requires works to be alive and real. “Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is…

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Surely goodness and mercy…


Beholding Him Ministries

TheLordis myshepherd; I shall notwant.
2He makes me lie down in greenpastures.He leads me beside still waters.
3Herestores my soul.Heleads me inpaths of righteousnessfor Hisname’s sake.

4Even though Iwalk through the valley ofthe shadow of death,I willfear no evil,forYou are with me; Yourrod and Your staff,they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.Psalm 23 (ESV)

I am certain that many of you will join me when I share that this Psalm was required memorization in elementary school when I was growing up years ago. The Lord’s Prayer was as well. It was taught to us in Church, Sunday School and public school. I was young and didn’t fully appreciate the great grace that was being bestowed…oh…

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Christ Strengthens Us


The Consecrated Woman

Verse of the Day:   Philippians 4:13  

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Christ strengthens us in everything we do and His power is not limited to spirituality. With Jesus on our side we can bear any trial or adversity and we can be content in in all situations. He also strengthens us in whatever areas of our life we are weak or struggling, including physical, emotional and financial battles. Changing our old ways and habits can be hard when we try to do it by our own strength and often we fail. The good news is we don’t have to do it all alone or by our own strength. We have Jesus on our side and we “can” do all things through Christ who strengthens us. By faith Jesus lives in us and that means we have His strength in us. Give whatever you are struggling…

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