We must never forget your commandments: for with them you have revived us. -- Psalm 119:93
Much like the rules parents have for young children -- don't drink what's under the cabinet, don't play in the street, don't walk out from behind parked cars... -- God's guidance is not to restrict us, but to protect us. His commands, both positive and prohibitive, are for our protection… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 30, 2010 at 9:03am —
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Dear Father, all honor to you, I present my body to you, O Lord. Give it health, energy and stamina. Give it healing, as needed.
I present my soul, my personality to you, my God. Impress on it the characteristics that honor you and are pleasing to other people, for their good.
I present my spirit… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 29, 2010 at 9:15am —
I am Afraid, I hear myself say. And in the saying, I practice the presence of Fear, rather than rest in the safety of God. Jesus says His Spirit within me is one of power, love, and a sound mind. But He whispers while Fear is loud.
Fear screams for me to run.
But God beckons me, Come.
Fear pushes me to produce… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 25, 2010 at 12:17pm —
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
-- Psalm 34:8
Some aspects of faith are indescribable: they can only be experienced and known by doing them. Taste the Lord. Sample his goodness. Lean on his grace. Take refuge in his care. We are blessed to find him near and take our refuge from life's greatest dangers and death's greatest… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 24, 2010 at 9:00am —
VERSE: But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
-- Matthew 19:14
Jesus' love for children in an age when they weren't highly regarded is a powerful reminder. It is a reminder of God's love for what the world often abuses or abandons. We are called to love the unloved, the forgotten, the abused and neglected.… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 23, 2010 at 4:26pm —
VERSE: I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
-- Psalm 119:30
Jesus reminded us to "pick up your cross daily and follow" him. The way of truth is a daily choice. To not seek to intentionally put him at the center of our life, the top priority in all of our decisions, is to slip a little bit further away from the life he calls us to lead. Any decision made… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 21, 2010 at 11:19pm —
You are not defenseless - For God is your protector.
You are not inadequate - For God is your sufficiency.
You are not useless - For God has a purpose for your life.
You are not worthless - For God sent His Son to die for you.
You are not without hope - For God has a… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 19, 2010 at 2:43pm —
VERSE: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
-- Romans 1:16
For the rich and poor, young and old, weak and strong, thin and heavy, there is still just one message and one name and one story that makes the eternal difference. That one message, story, and name are… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 18, 2010 at 3:39pm —
VERSE: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
-- Psalm 23:2-3
Some of us won't slow down for anything! Well, almost anything. When we get "too full ourselves" and too caught up in our own plans, the LORD, our Shepherd, slows us down and makes us lie down.… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 17, 2010 at 10:20am —
VERSE: Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
-- James 1:21
Isn't it true! When we find ourselves caught in the clutches of the moral filth of our culture, we find the Word of God boring and irrelevant. Yet even in those moments when Satan uses sin to harden our hearts, God's… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 15, 2010 at 9:44am —
Keep me from sowing seeds from my sinful nature, for I do not want to reap the crop they will produce. May I not invest my time, money, or desires in the deceitful things of this world. For then I will reap destruction.
Help me rather to sow to the Spirit, to please you. Help me to put my time, money, and desires into proper thinking and righteous… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 13, 2010 at 8:56am —
VERSE: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
-- Ephesians 3:20-21
Of all the names for God in the Bible, this is my favorite: "Him who is Able to Do Immeasurably More." Our God is the same God who parted… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 12, 2010 at 9:24am —
VERSE: Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
-- Philippians 1:6
God finished his creation work in the world in 6 days. He sustains it with his powerful word. He is still working on us and in us and He will continue to work his will in us to his glory(see Philippians 2:12-13) until Christ comes to… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 10, 2010 at 5:19pm —
A Heavier Judgment on Teachers!
The Jewish leaders answered, "You were born full of sin! Are you trying to teach us?" And the Jewish leaders forced the man to leave.
-- John 9:34 (ERV)
God despises the abuse of power. He warns those who teach and lead in his Kingdom that they had better do so honorably or they will stand under harsher judgment. When these religious authorities cannot discount the truth of… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 9, 2010 at 10:08am —
Pray - Listen - Act
In any situation, we can take three simple steps to see our way through: Pray, listen, and act. Prayer attunes us to God. It quiets our minds, stills our emotions, and prepares us to receive direction. Prayer turns us temporarily away from the conditions that concern us, so that we are open to ideas for solving them.
During prayer we pause, ready to hear or to sense… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 8, 2010 at 10:07pm —
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Dear Father, guardian of the free,
May we never use freedom as a pretext for evil or as an excuse for indulging sinful desires.
Rather, grant that we, out of love, will make ourselves servants to one another. For the Lord has taught us that the whole law is fulfilled in the… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 7, 2010 at 10:08am —
And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
-- Isaiah 12:4
It is wrong to think God's love for the nations began only with Jesus and the Great Commission. Remember Jonah's preaching to save Israel's great enemy, Nineveh?… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 6, 2010 at 12:07pm —
VERSE: Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
-- Matthew 6:19-20
Where do you hide your heart? What we most value is where we will find our heart. So it is an… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 5, 2010 at 9:15am —
Our Father who art in Heaven.
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
In the above four sentences, Jesus teaches us here to establish in our minds who and where God is and that we desire our hearts to be filled with the willingness to do His will here on this earth.
Give us this day our daily bread.
We ask that God give us what we need to sustain our life… Continue
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 3, 2010 at 1:59pm —
I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much.
How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me A little longer than you expect to handle Something on My to-do-list? Trust in My Timing, for My timing…
Added by Frank Giuliani on July 2, 2010 at 11:20am —