Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit.
Romans 12:9-13 ESV
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Lord, give me zeal for your presence. Make me fervent in spirit. Give me sight so that I may rejoice in hope and patient in tribulation. Teach me to pray.
One Minute Praise
Psalm 84 ESV
How lovely is your dwelling place,
Even the sparrow finds a home,
|Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Proverbs 3:19-22 ESV
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
My son, do not lose sight of these—
Sunday, the Lord’s Day; a day of rest. How often we forget that. Church duties wear us out. For most Christians, Sunday is not restful, and it is not the Lord’s. In the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, she tells that her Pa would compel her to sit in a chair for hours after dinner recite and rehearse the words of the Sunday morning lessons. How about this Sunday, we just curl up on our Daddy’s lap and comfort in the strength of His “Everlasting Arms.”