READING OF THE DAY: 30 NOVEMBER, 2016

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“Brothers and sisters: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.

For the scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him.

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed?

And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard?

And how can they hear without someone to preach?

And how can people preach unless they are sent?

As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!”

But not everyone has heeded the good news; for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what was heard from us?”

Thus faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.

But I ask, did they not hear?

Certainly they did; for “Their voice has gone forth to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”‘ – Romans 10:9-18.

READING OF THE DAY: 29 NOVEMBER, 2016

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‘Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

All things have been handed over to me by my Father.

No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.

For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”‘ – Luke 10:21-24.

READING OF THE DAY (Part II): 26 NOVEMBER, 2016

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“John said: An angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street.

On either side of the river grew the tree of life that produces fruit twelve times a year, once each month; the leaves of the trees serve as medicine for the nations.

Nothing accursed will be found there anymore.

The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him.

They will look upon his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

Night will be no more, nor will they need light from lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever and ever.

And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true, and the Lord, the God of prophetic spirits, sent his angel to show his servants what must happen soon.”

“Behold, I am coming soon.”

Blessed is the one who keeps the prophetic message of this book.” – Revelation 22:1-7.

READING OF THE DAY: 26 NOVEMBER, 2016

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“Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.

For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth.

Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” – Luke 21:34-36.

READING OF THE DAY: 25 NOVEMBER, 2016

 

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“I, John, saw an angel come down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the abyss and a heavy chain.

He seized the dragon, the ancient serpent, which is the Devil or Satan, and tied it up for a thousand years and threw it into the abyss, which he locked over it and sealed, so that it could no longer lead the nations astray until the thousand years are completed.

After this, it is to be released for a short time.

Then I saw thrones; those who sat on them were entrusted with judgement.

I also saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or its image nor had accepted its mark on their foreheads or hands.

They came to life and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

Next I saw a large white throne and the one who was sitting on it.

The earth and the sky fled from his presence and there was no place for them.

I saw the dead, the great and the lowly, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened.

Then another scroll was opened, the book of life.

The dead were judged according to their deeds, by what was written in the scrolls.

The sea gave up its dead; then Death and Hades gave up their dead.

All the dead were judged according to their deeds.

Then Death and Hades were thrown into the pool of fire. (This pool of fire is the second death. )

Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the pool of fire.

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.

I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” – Revelation 20:1-4.11-15.21:1-2.

READING OF THE DAY: 24 NOVEMBER, 2016

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‘Jesus said to his disciples: “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, know that its desolation is at hand.

Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains.

Let those within the city escape from it, and let those in the countryside not enter the city, for these days are the time of punishment when all the scriptures are fulfilled.

Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for a terrible calamity will come upon the earth and a wrathful judgment upon this people.

They will fall by the edge of the sword and be taken as captives to all the Gentiles; and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.

People will die of fright in anticipation of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”‘ – Luke 21:20-28.

READING OF THE DAY: 23 NOVEMBER, 2016

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‘Jesus said to the crowd: “They will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name.

It will lead to your giving testimony.

Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.

You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death.

You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.

By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”‘ – Luke 21:12-19.

 

…THE PHILOSOPHY OF SNOW….

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This is a snowflake….DUH…. 😀

You know, a LOT can be learned from a snowflake….it’s true!

Take this one, for example… see how delicate, how fragile, how BEAUTIFUL it truly is…?

Well…let me rant, and by the end of the rant you will be able to see it in a whole new light…

We never think on snowflakes much, do we…? Well…each one is formed through very specific sets of temperature, and atmospheric conditions. Certain elements have to be present to make a humble snowflake…the right conditions, temperature, air quality, moisture density….yep…a LOT of creation went into this simple thing.

And yet…. look closely at it..how delicate..how fragile…how unique it is from the other ones…

See how it lay there atop the other snowflakes? See how it presents itself without getting ‘lost in the crowd’ but enhancing the beauty of the others around it? See how it does the other snowflakes no harm, yet strengthens the community of other snowflakes?

When a snowflake is formed, it takes on a singular, and distinctive shape all it’s own.

There can be TRILLIONS of other snowflakes formed alongside it, and it is UNIQUE in it’s shape and texture.

It falls gently down on the wind, gliding with intent and purpose, and yet does not know it’s final destination.

It knows it WILL land SOMEWHERE, yet it does not give notice to the things around it. I mean, it could land in water, and be melted instantly, or it could be destined to fall on top of a very tall building, where it could be the ONLY one to land in that location.

It glides along…serene…calm…peacefully…until it settles and serves it’s purpose of it’s creation.

Now, some may say “Yeah, but snow is just snow”…WRONG!!!

Snow serves it’s purpose to replenish the water of the earth..to give LIFE to this planet….I mean, where would we all be if there was no water?!?!?

This small and seemingly ineffectual snowflake could be the beginning of a lake…or a stream…or a flood.

It ENHANCES the other snowflakes around it…it supports them, and is supported BY them until such time as they deem it needed to be useful to even MORE snowflakes and create (or destroy) what is around it.

This snowflake could be the one that creates an avalanche somewhere high atop a mountain and sends a ton of OTHER snowflakes cascading down to a parched and barren plain that is in dire need of water to sustain life.

It could destroy a city, or cause the grow of a forest…it could collapse a building, or be built into a house for some poor person trapped in the cold…keeping them alive until rescue comes..insulating them against the cold and making it’s purpose useful.

Consider this: YOU are just like this snowflake.

Oh yes…don’t shake your head just yet…wait for it….wait for it….

You are UNIQUE like this snowflake…yet there are BILLIONS of other ‘snowflake people’ just like you on this hunk of floating rock.

YOU could be the catalyst that causes a FLOOD of social change, or you could be the one snowflake out there who quenches the thirst of a parched soul.

YOU have the power to be unique and useful, just like this snowflake.

And let’s not forget the BEAUTY of this simple structure…you too are delicate, fragile, and easily broken…but given the right catalyst, you could be the barrier that stops society in it’s tracks! (Need I remind you of the Donner Party?…no…didn’t think so..)

You can create, or destroy…and yet, UNLIKE the snowflake, YOU are in control of your actions.

Every time you get angry at others around you…every time you lash out about something silly…every time you rage at someone, you are breaking down their beauty..THEIR soul.

You are meant to ENHANCE those around you, SUPPORT those around you, MAKE THEM see the beauty of themselves, just as God has made YOU beautiful so too are THEY.

While some may dispute my theory, I would like to think that one snowflake CAN make a difference…even if it lands somewhere it does not want to be, it can STILL do it’s part.

Ever just stand there and WATCH snow fall? The feeling of calm…serenity….peace?

It does not rage about social issues…it does not take sides in politics…it does not decry others around it for not adhering to a “set” purpose or goal…it merely floats it’s way to where ALL THE OTHER snowflakes will eventually go…and in the spring, when all is said and done, it melts away and becomes so valuable that people around that area will say (when the heat is all around them, and life seems bleak) “Man…I miss the snow”.

So too it is YOUR job to give those same emotions to all around you. To be be the ONE SNOWFLAKE that guides the others around you to acceptance of their lives, their beauty, and their purpose.

Not everyone appreciates snow, yet everyone seems happy when the first snowfall of the year occurs…I know…weird, right?!?!?

Realise your own unique pattern, your own unique purpose, and ENHANCE those around you with your peace and serenity, and I can promise you you will UNDERSTAND what I mean…and if someone asks you when a situation of social or political anger occurs, and everyone is jumping on the bandwagon shouting and screaming at each other: “Why are you always so peaceful? Why are you not all angry at this situation?” you can reply with a calm voice:

“Because…I’m a snowflake”…

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READING OF THE DAY: 22 NOVEMBER, 2016

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‘While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, “All that you see here–the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.”

Then they asked him, “Teacher, when will this happen?

And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?”

He answered, “See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and ‘The time has come.’

Do not follow them!

When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end.”

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky.”‘ – Luke 21:5-11.

READING OF THE DAY: 21 NOVEMBER, 2016

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‘When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins.

He said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”‘ – Luke 21:1-4.