May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

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While Jesus was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain,rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Have you not read what David did when he and those who were with him were hungry? How he went into the house of God, took the bread of offering, which only the priests could lawfully eat, ate of it, and shared it with his companions?” Then he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.

Jesus was telling them who He was but they did not listen. They wanted the letter of the law not the heart to be followed. They could not conceive of living for the love of the law and its creator. How well do you listen? Do you live in the love of God or reject Him as the Pharisees did? You see where it got them do you not? Cold, hard men who could not, would not, live in love but insisted the that only the rules be followed? When you live in the love of God the laws are easy to follow. Hatred is bred when love does not exist. Where are you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father with your love everything is made easier. Thank you for loving me as you do. In Jesus’ holy name Amen.

The Lord is near to all who call upon him.

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Jesus said to the Pharisees: “There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’”

Well we know that many have not been persuaded when someone rose from the dead. He gave His life for us and rose from the dead, but how many listen today? If you look at the laws that have been enacted, this country, and many others, no longer believe in Him. What do you believe?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I believe, forgive my unbelief, Amen.

Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.

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The people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem said, “Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah. It will not mean the loss of instruction from the priests, nor of counsel from the wise, nor of messages from the prophets. And so, let us destroy him by his own tongue; let us carefully note his every word.”

Heed me, O LORD, and listen to what my adversaries say. Must good be repaid with evil that they should dig a pit to take my life? Remember that I stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.

Even in the Old Testament times people wanted to prevent the truth from getting out! They wanted to silence the prophet of God by using his words against him, but the truth will always rise to the top. Are you afraid to speak the truth? Are you afraid of what people will say? Are you afraid of being cancelled? Trust in the Lord and He will see you through.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your truth, your protection and your love, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Save me, O Lord, in your kindness.

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Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’ As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”

Actions really do speak louder than words. If what you say is not reflected in what you do, you are a fraud and people will not respect you or listen to you. Do your actions agree with your words? Are you preaching the word of God and following it? Or are you like the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ time? You might want to stop and take stock of who you are and how you behave. Are you the person you say you are?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I always want to act as you teach. May I never live a lie of speaking your word but not living it. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”

Give what you want to receive. No matter what it is, the Lord will give to you more than you expect. If you do not believe it, try it! You cannot out give God in anything! He loves you so much He wants to give you whatever you want. What do you want from Him?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have blessed me so abundantly and I give thanks and praise to you alone, Amen!

Lord, do not deal with us according to our sins.

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God put Abraham to the test. He called to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am!” he replied. Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you.”

When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. Then he reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the LORD’s messenger called to him from heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” “Here I am!” he answered. “Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger. “Do not do the least thing to him. I know now how devoted you are to God, since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.” As Abraham looked about, he spied a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. So he went and took the ram and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.

Again the LORD’s messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said: “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore; your descendants shall take possession of the gates of their enemies, and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—all this because you obeyed my command.”

The Lord wants us to be willing to give up our most precious possession to Him. When we are willing He will provide so we can keep it, but it is that willingness that He asks for. What are you willing to give up for Our Lord? Is there something in your life keeping you from total devotion to God? Give it to Him, He will make it better and it will be returned to you tenfold. Do not be afraid to give it to Him, He is just waiting for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, everything I have given to you has been returned ten fold. I give you honor praise and glory for the work you have done in my life. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Do you reach out to those who are out of your comfort zone? Those who are different, not following the same path you are? To preach the word of the Lord, we must live it. And living it is stepping out of our comfort zone, inviting those in who make us uncomfortable. Who can you reach out to? Who can you be the face of Christ to? It is important that you do it, your eternal life depends on it.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for those in my life who are a blessing and those who are a cross. You have helped me to stretch and grow in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Blessed are they who follow the law of the Lord!

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Jesus said to his disciples: “I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter into the Kingdom of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment. But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, Raqa, will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”

What if we all forgave those who have harmed us and they forgave us. What a wonderful world we would have. And it is something we can do ourselves. And we can do this out of love for God, our loved ones and our own peace. The Lord wants us to be at peace with each other. And with Him. What have you done to bring peace to your corner of this wide world?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are my peace and I give you praise and thanks for all that it has brought to me. I pray that others will work to achieve the same. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

If you, O Lord, mark iniquities, who can stand?

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asked for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asked for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.”

Like a good parent, the Lord will give you what you desire, if it is good for you! If it is for your benefit, the Lord will bless you abundantly with many good gifts. If you want good things and do good things for others, it will come back to you in blessings from Our Lord. He will shower you if you ask and accept His will.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, you have blessed me so often and I thank you for the things I wanted but never received. The things that you knew would harm me. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.

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While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”

The men of Nineveh will probably rise with our generation. We know the good news. We have evidence of what the Lord can do, the promises He keeps and what He does for us. We have no excuse to not turn back to Him. Where do you stand? Are you ready to repent and listen to the Lord? It needs to be done before it is too late. The Lord is waiting for you.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, your love is worth all the riches of the world. And, it is worth giving up all the riches of the world and I praise you for your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.

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Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This is how you are to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.”

So much hatred today, so many people want revenge for perceived slights or long past injustices. What does that give us? Nothing but dissatisfaction, a desire for revenge, extreme unhappiness and hatred. If we live by the words that our Father has given us and take them to heart, we will realize that we will only get back what we sow. Learn to forgive those you believe have harmed you, you will feel better and the Father will forgive you your transgressions. And think of what a wonderful world you will help create.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to forgive those I believe have hurt me and to see you in them. Help me to love them. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

From all their distress God rescues the just.

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