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Monday's Thought of the Day

Luke 8:15 “As for the seed that fell on the rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embraced it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance”. REFLECTION: This verse come from the parable Jesus taught of the seeds that fell on various soil conditions and what became of them.  It should be our hope and desire that we are like the seed that fell on rich soil.  We should have an open mind to the teachings of Jesus; we should listen and learn from the Master.  We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge our need to be instructed in the ways that the LORD God intends, for His will should be our will.  It is only through humble listening do we gain understanding and closeness to God.  God gives grace to those who hunger for His word that they may understand His will and have the strength to live according to it.  Brothers and sisters, do you have this hunger, do you thirst for this knowledge?   Without the desire to be nourished by the Word of Go…

Friday's Thought of the Day

Luke 19:45-48 “Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.  And every day He was teaching in the temple area.  The chief priests, the scribes and the teachers of the people, meanwhile, were seeking a way to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all of the people were hanging on His words.” REFLECTION: Was Jesus talking to each of us?  Do we defile His house of prayer?  When we sin against Him or our brothers and sisters we certainly are.  Jesus was admonishing the “thieves” and casting judgment on them just as we are subject to judgment today.  Do we listen today to His judgment or do we continue to defile His house?  Jesus’ admonishment is meant to bring us to a great level of purity, holiness and reverence; it is not intended to bring us down, but to lift us up.  His act of judgment in th…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Psalm 27:1-6 “The LORD is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?  When the evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes, themselves stumble and fall; my heart does not fear.  One thing I ask of the LORD, this I seek: to dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life.  For God will hide me in His shelter in time of trouble.  I will sing and chant praise to the LORD”. REFLECTION: We will all have troubling issues in our life when we feel as though the evil one has his hooks in us.  It is not a good place to be, but there are ways out.  God is always on our side when we cry for help.  His loving arms are always open for us.  There are times we are put to the test and these tests allow us to grow in our faith and grow in our spiritual and emotional life.  It will not always go our way, but it should always go the Holy Spirit’s way. We must discern what He is telling us and align our way with His way; it just makes life easier. With God at our side we should never…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 25:14-15 “It will be as a man who is going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.  To one he gave five talents, to another he gave two, and to a third he gave one – each according to his ability.” REFLECTION: Wonderful parable and as with all of Jesus’ parables, there is a modern day meaning.  A talent was a sum of money in Jesus’ day and therefore the master was entrusting each of the three servants with his property.  He gave them this sum of money, each according to the means he felt they had, out of trust and with no strings attached. They could do as they pleased with the entrusted money.  As the parable goes, the one servant entrusted with five talents and the one entrusted with two talents, invested the master’s money wisely and each doubled the money for the master.  The servant entrusted with one talent feared the master and buried the talent for safekeeping and upon the master’s return, gave him the one talent back.  Sisters and broth…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

Wisdom 19:9, Psalm 105:2-3 “For they ranged about like horses and leapt like lambs, praising You, LORD, their Deliverer.  Sing praise to Him, play music; proclaim all His wondrous deeds!  Glory in His holy name; let hearts that seek the LORD rejoice”. REFLECTION: To me, when you combine a verse from the Book of Wisdom with a song from the Book of Psalms, the message comes to life.  Close your eyes and see the horses galloping in the field as the wind blows their mane and they frolic without a care.  Imagine the lambs leaping with joy and happiness.  These are creations of God, just like we are, but we are made in His image and have an eternal soul, unlike the horse and lamb.   If the horse and the lamb run free and do not worry about material things, who is more content with the grace God bestowed; us or them?  Sisters and brothers, we cannot keep material things for eternity, but our cooperation with the grace of God makes our eternity happy and glorious. The horse and the lamb romping …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:11-16 “As He continue His journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.  As He was entering a village, ten lepers met Him.  They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!”  And when He saw them he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  As they were going they were cleansed.  One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned glorifying God in a loud voice, and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.  He was a Samaritan”. REFLECTION: There are a couple of thoughts from this powerful verse I would like to share with you.  This is clear evidence that Jesus came to minister to all, Jews and Gentiles alike and equally.  The Jewish people and the Samaritans did not associate with each other and in fact despised each other. There is another well-known interaction between a Samaritan in an account recorded in John 4, “A woman of Samaria came to draw water.  Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”.  This woman…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:7-10 “Jesus said to His disciples, “Which of you, who has a servant plowing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returns from the fields, “Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink, and afterwards you shall eat and drink”.  Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he is told?  So with you also, when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are unprofitable servants, we have done what we are obliged to do”. REFLECTION: Do you give God your very best effort in your daily tasks?  We are all servants for God working in His vineyard to bring glory to His kingdom.  God owes us nothing, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and have victory over death.  Jesus came to serve, not to be served.  If we are Christians, followers of Christ, we are to do the same.  When we do the expected, we are only doing our duty.  Our duty, in fulfillment of our Covenant with God, is to give Him praise and worship.  What makes o…