Encouraging

Isaiah 53:4-6

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

-Isaiah 53:4-6

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Treasures

A poker chip. A pair of dice. A screwdriver. A rock. All hidden in an old, rotten box shoved in an old, rotten tree.

The collection wasn’t much. Just a boy’s favorite treasures, dirty and smudged. The woman traced the A. H. carved on the lid of the box. A tear slipped down her cheek as she fondled each f her son’s precious memoirs.

“Goodbye, Alex,” she whispered softly, stroking the smooth rock. “I’ll take care of your treasures, and I’ll see you again in heaven someday.”

The little girl next to her looked down into the box.” I hope he’s got better treasures in heaven than he left us down here.

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Matthew 6:19-20

Who Loved Me

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

-Galatians 2:20

I love how this berse states that the Son of God, God’s Son, loves us! Isn’t that amazing? God’s Son not only loves us, but he sacrified His life for us. We have been crucified with Him, and now it’s not us living in our bodies, but Him living within us and guiding us. How will you live differently now that you have God living in you?

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

Luke 15:3-7

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Then Jesus told them this parable:“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

The Rhyming Gospels

“If one has a hundred sheep,” He said.

“And one sheep goes astray,

“Will he not leave the ninety and nine

“In the wilderness today?

“He’ll seek until he finds it, and

“When that lost sheep is found,

“He will bend down beside it; He

“Will lift if from the ground.

“The lost sheep he will carry home;

“He will not count the cost,

“Will call unto the neighbors, ‘Rejoice,

“‘I have found the one I lost.’

“I tell you it’s the same in heaven.

“When one sinner God’s word heeds

“There’s more joy than for ninety nine righteous,

“Who no repentance needs.”

~There is much rejoicing when just one person comes to know God.~

Wisdom from Diversecity

These are some quotes I found on tobyMac’s website, on the About Diversecity page. The names in parentheses are the band members. Enjoy!

He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” -Luke 10:27 (Tim “Timmy Rose” Rosenau)

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven!” -Matthew 5:16 Don’t be afraid to “LET” your light shine so that God can be glorified through you. At your job, let it shine, at home, let it shine. In your marriage or friendships, let it shine! So … SHINE! (Byron “Mr. Talkbox” Chambers)

Time & Eternity Are Connected…: It’s like driving down a long road and then {BAM} it changes names. Are you in good hands? (That’s a Maj original so don’t bite.) (DJ Maj)

Great moments are born from great opportunities, so seize every opportunity! (Brian “da Bomb” Haley)

Outside of a relationship with Jesus, everything loses its luster after a while. He is the only inexhaustible treasure. (Nirva “Nirvessence Dorsaint Ready)

Be honest. Say what you mean and mean what you say because half-truths and flattery eventually catch up to you. (Dave Wyatt aka dDubb)

I’ve always loved 1 Timothy 4:12- “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” I think the young are overlooked a lot, but this verse talks about how they can be an example in certain aspects. (Gabe Real)

You are as beautiful as your thoughts. -Maurice White (Toddiefunk)

Prayers

Please help pray for some of these. You’re prayer is powerful, and it can truly help. And learn more about how to help!

  • Slavery – Nearly thirty million people in the world are slaves
  1. Pray: Pray for those who are enslaved around the world.
  2. Do More to Help: Research and find products that aren’t produced using slaves, and buy those.
  3. Learn More: K-Love Blog Post by Scott & Kelli About Slavery
  • Pastor Saeed Abedini – Been in an Iranian prison for over a year
  1. Pray: Pray for Pastor Abedini’s release and that, while he’s in prison, that lives will continue to be touched and that the gospel will be spread.
  2. Learn More: Christian Post Article About Pastor Saeed Abedini
  • Ministries – Christian ministries serving around the world
  1. Pray: Pray for all of the Christian ministries that are serving people both here in America and overseas.
  2. Do More to Help: Volunteer time, money, or services for a ministry
  3. Learn More: List of Christian Minsitries from K-Love
  • Other – So many more to pray for! Click here for a list of other things to pray for.

Challenge: Choose something to pray for, or volunteer for an organization. Help spread the word about all of the things that need our prayer.

Is There A God?

This is absolutely, postively true. And there is soo much more proof out there!

Sonshine Seeker

If There Is No God…

If there is no God, why have so many biblical prophecies come true?

In ‘Science Speaks’, Peter Stoner calculated that the probability of one person fulfilling eight selected biblical prophecies was one in 1017. The likelihood of one person fulfilling 48 prophecies was one in 10,157. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled 61 major Old Testament prophecies!

“Prophecy never had it’s origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. ”
2 Peter 1:21

If there is no God, who crammed all the data into DNA?

DNA is the stuff of genes which determines everything from your haircolor to height to resistance to certain diseases. If the coded DNA instructions within one of your cells could be printed, the information would fill 1000 encyclopedia – sized books.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully…

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