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Reading the BibleA collection of writings and quotations from various sources, designed to stimulate Godly thoughts and encourage reading the Bible.

 

Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV


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A rendition of Psalm 139 which endeavours to convey the spirit of the writer
by translating the original Hebrew words and ideas into modern English.

Psalm 139
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
Oh Yahweh, you have examined me, and you know me.
You observe me when I sit down and you are observing me when I rise up, you consider and understand even my remotest thoughts.
You spread out my the way of my path, and my lying down, You are completely familiar with my entire journey.
There is not even a word that comes from my mouth but, behold, Oh Yahweh, you are totally aware of it.
You have enclosed me, from behind and in front, and placed your hand over me.
Your knowledge is remarkable; I cannon reach it, its inaccessable.
Where can I walk and be out of your spirit? or where could I run and not be before your face?
If I went up into heaven, you art there: if I was laid in a grave, behold, you!
If I was lifted up by the wings of the dawn and placed in the in the furtherest part of the roaring sea;
Gathering there, your guiding hands would lead me, and your right hand will grasp and possess me.
If I said, Surely the darkness would overwhelm me; even the night would be brightness above me.
Yes, the darkness cannot hide from you; but the night shines the same as the day: the darkness and the light are no different to you.
Truly you own my mind: you have protected me in my mother’s womb.
I will lift up my hands and worship you; for how fearful and extraordinary I am; the things you make are extraordinary; and my soul knows utterly.
My body was not concealed from you, when I was made in secret, and curiously knitted together in the womb of the earth.
Your eyes gazed with approval at my wrapped embryo, and upon your scroll everything was described, in the light of day my parts were moulded, even when as yet there was none of them.
How precious are your thoughts to me, O God! how mighty and excellent they are!
If I try to count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with you.
Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you men of blood.
For they speak against you wickedly, and your enemies take your name in vain.


Use time wiselyOur use of time

What would we do if we received $86,400 dollars each day that we could spend any way we wanted? Every evening every dollar that we had failed to spend would be cancelled out. Most of us would try very hard to make sure that we spent every dollar possible every day.
Instead of dollars, each of us is given 86,400 seconds to spend each day. If we fail to use the day’s deposit, the loss is ours and we can never carry forward any part of the days 86,400 seconds.
It is easier to dream about spending dollars than it is seconds, yet there is a time worn saying that “time is money.” People frequently talk about saving time, but that really is impossible. Every second of each day is spent. It may be spent wisely or foolishly, but either way it is gone forever. No one ever has come to the end of the day and found that they had ten or twenty thousand seconds left over that they could keep for the next day.
Time is the only way in which we have all been truly created equal. The rich do not have more or the poor less, yet everything we are or ever will be is determined by the way we spend our time.
The difference between those who will be in the kingdom and those who will be thrust out is how they spent their time.
How do we spend our time? There are certain things that we all do every day that are important yet, they will have no lasting value when we come to the end of our days. Most of us brush our teeth daily, and it is a good thing to do, yet we cannot lay claim to being godly because of sparkling teeth.
We need to put great value on our time and realize that there is not an inexhaustible amount of time left. We have all heard it said that our days are numbered, and this actually comes from scripture: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” said the Psalmist.
Do we number our days? How do we number our days? Are we making the best possible use of our time, right now? Hopefully we are by reading this meditation, but what are we going to do next?
We often sing “Life is the time to serve the Lord, To do His will, to learn His word; In death there is no power to know, far less in wisdom’s way to go. Then what your thoughts design to do, Let willing hands with zeal pursue;”
Let us then heed the advice of Paul who told us “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The Lord’s will is that we be saved and He has given us the time to serve Him. How many of the 86,400 seconds He gives us each day do we spend in service to Him?
Solomon told us that “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Let us live as well as sing that “Life is the time to serve the Lord, to do His will, to learn His word.”

Extract from “Minute Meditations” by Robert Lloyd


Listening to our Lord Jesus teachingJesus Christ

We all know how much we depend upon God and how often we ask for the good things that He can give, but how often do we give to Him the things He asks of us?

Luke 6:35   But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return

Matthew 5:39  Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.

Matthew 5:40  If anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well.

Matthew 5:41  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.

Matthew 5:42  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Matthew 5:44  Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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