Archive for January, 2012

Daily Encouragement ~ 1/31

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 6:1

“Alms” is defined as righteous actions, or in one of today’s terms, good deeds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/30

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; Matthew 5:43-44

These two verses and the four that follow it always leave me blinking rapidly and thinking, “Are you kidding me?” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Sun on My Face

A beautiful day in east central Texas today, and some of what you’re about to read actually happened on my morning walk. In my mind it’s all true, and it’s definitely all good! I’ll let you decide what’s real and what’s not. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/29

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:38-39

Verse 38 through 42 of Matthew have been distorted and misused since the day they were written, but my understanding of Jesus and His purpose on this earth are simple. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/28

Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Matthew 5: 33-34

In verses 33 through 37 of Matthew, Jesus addresses swearing, not in the sense of cursing, but in the sense of proclaiming the truth of something by swearing on the name of God or some other thing. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Books

This is part ten of the continuing saga, The Last Grain of Sand, which I began via a prompt at Bluebell Books’ Short Story Slam a few months ago. The nine previous parts are available by clicking on the links at the bottom of this post. This segment is being posted to Kellie Elmore’s Free Write Friday, and is entitled The Books. I hope you enjoy it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Daily Encouragement ~ 1/27

Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

Verses 27-32 in the gospel of Matthew are some tough ones to many of us, and I am definitely in that group. The verses talk about adultery, and divorce, and in this day and age, not many of us have escaped these two things. Read the rest of this entry »

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