Catholic mass, readings, verse 9-28-16

So Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. — Hebrews 9:28

Thoughts on Today’s Verse….

Jesus is coming back! Are you ready? Are you waiting?

My Prayer…

Come Lord Jesus, your bride awaits you! Amen. (see 1 Corinthians 16:22 & Revelation 21:2, 9; 22:17)

 

 

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Catholic mass, readings, and verse 9-27-16

 

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No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. — 1 Corinthians 9:27

Thoughts on Today’s Verse….

“Practice what you preach!” “I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.” “Put your life where your mouth is!” Those of us who speak out most openly about our faith in Jesus also need to make sure that we hold ourselves accountable to the same standard we are calling others to follow.

My Prayer…

Father in Heaven, please help my walk to be consistent with my talk and may my talk always be pleasing to you! In Jesus’ glorious name I pray. Amen.

movie review for The Drop Box

We need to care about all lives from conception to natural death. That means getting congress to overturn Roe vs. Wade. I know it’s a long shot but we have to do it. Otherwise a lot of people are going to purgatory, when they could have gotten help. I know they can still get help afterwards, but  they are still going to spend time in purgatory. This is my opinion. I would like to know your opinion, don’t be afraid to comment. As you know the door is always open for you to express your opinion or if you need to talk. If you don’t want to do it here, please contact me at joncraft84@gmail.com.

 

The Drop Box

readings and verse 9-21-16

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[A desperate and lonely woman who had been ill for years came to Jesus for healing.] She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” — Matthew 9:21

Thoughts on Today’s Verse….

The woman who said this to herself knew ostracism and loneliness because of her 12 year bout with an illness that made her unclean under Jewish law. She was imprisoned in isolation because of this condition. Just as Jesus freed her from her prison (vs. 22), he longs to free you from yours as well. What holds you captive? Jesus longs to give you freedom through five gifts: 1) the Scripture to help you know God’s will,  2) your surrender to his lordship, 3) cleansing from your sin and guilt, 4) the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower you, and 5) a family of brothers and sisters in Christ to support you and hold you accountable. These are God’s five precious keys to freedom.

My Prayer…

Father, I pray today for all those who need deliverance from Satan’s grip in whatever form he has in their lives. In Jesus’ mighty and holy name I confidently pray. Amen

readings and verse 9-20-16

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But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” — Luke 9:20

Thoughts on Today’s Verse….

A lot of people have their opinions about Jesus’ identity. The real issue, however, is what you believe about Jesus. What you decide about God’s Son means everything for you and for those you influence. So listen to Jesus’ question to his disciples as if he is asking it of you: “Who do you say I am?” I pray that your answer is the same as Peter’s: “You are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

My Prayer…

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, who is my Lord, Savior, friend, and older brother in your family. I praise you for sending him to reveal yourself to us and I thank you for your love demonstrated by him on the Cross. I do believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and the only Savior who can bring freedom, pardon, cleansing, and complete salvation. Thank you! In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen.

verse and readings for 9-19-16

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. — 1 Corinthians 9:19

Thoughts on Today’s Verse….

Grace frees us from the law of sin and death. But, our freedom is not to be used for rebellion or for self-gratification. Instead, we are to use our freedom redemptively, just as Jesus did (cf. Philippians 2:5-11). We can voluntarily limit that freedom to help others still caught in bondage to sin and false ideas about God. We can use the freedom of the Spirit to be transformed to be like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18). Let’s use our freedom to rejoice and to bless.

My Prayer…

Thank you, great and mighty LORD, for setting me free by your grace. I know, dear Father, that this gift was given to me at great cost — the humiliating torture, death, and burial of your Son, Jesus Christ. So use me, dear Father, to bless others who have not yet found their deliverance and freedom in Jesus. I pray this in the name of my Savior, Jesus. Amen.

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