January 20: “Miracles of Jesus” (11/12) by Day Williams

 

XI.

“I’m going fishing,” Peter said, and others
Said to him, “We’ll go with you, but they caught
Nothing, then Jesus stood on shore, not far
From them, and asked, “Have you caught some fish, friends?”

They did not know who he was. “Throw your net
On the boat’s right side for a catch galore.”
When they did, they could not haul in the net,
The number of fish was so large. “It is

The Lord,” said a disciple. Peter dressed
Himself, jumped in the water, swam to shore,
Then helped drag in the net (he broke a sweat),
With its one hundred fifty-three large fish,

And they had breakfast with the Lord, who showed
Himself to them for forty days and taught
About God’s kingdom, telling them to wait
For the Holy Spirit to baptize them

With power, then he led them on a road
Near Bethany, blessed those whom he had brought
By lifting hands, and he ascended straight
To heaven, hidden by a cloud, God’s gem.

HEBREWS CHAPTER TWO

HEBREWS CHAPTER TWO

1 So we must listen very carefully

To what we’ve heard, so that we do not drift

Away, 2 for since the messages from angels have

 

Proved true, and people have been punished when

They disobeyed those messages, 3 what makes

Us think that we’ll escape if we ignore

 

This great salvation which was first announced

By our Lord Jesus, and confirmed to us

By those who heard him? 4 God has always shown

 

Us that these messages are true by signs

And wonders and assorted miracles

And by the Holy Spirit’s gifts which God

 

Assigned to each of us according to

His will, 5 and angels won’t control the world

To come, 6 but somewhere it’s been testified:

 

“What is mere man that you’re concerned about

Him? And who is the Son of Man that you

Esteem so highly? 7 For though you made him

 

Lower than angels, you have crowned him now

With glory and distinction, 8 and you have

Put everything beneath his feet.” God

 

Left nothing out in putting everything

Beneath him. We haven’t seen this yet, 9 but

We do see Jesus, was for awhile

 

A little lower than the angels, crowned

With glory and with honor now because

He suffered death for us, so by the grace

 

Of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons to glory, it

Was right that God, who made all things for his

 

Own glory, should allow the pioneer

Of their salvation to endure such pain.

His suffering made Jesus perfect as

 

A leader, fit to bring salvation to

Them. 11 Jesus made us holy, and we now

Have the same Father he has. That is why

 

Jesus is not ashamed to say that we’re

His brothers. 12 He says, “I will talk about

My Father to my brothers; we’ll praise him

 

Together.” At another time he said,

“I’ll put my trust in him.” 13 Again he says,

“See, here am I and children too whom God

 

Has given me.” 14 Because the children share

In flesh and blood, he likewise shared in flesh

And blood, so that through death he might destroy

 

The one who held the power over death,

That is, the devil, 15 and deliver those

Who lived their lives in constant dread from fear

 

Of death, 16 for surely it’s not angels that

He helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 For

This reason it was necessary for

 

Him to be made like us, his brothers, in

Every respect, so that he might become

A merciful and faithful High Priest in

 

God’s service to atone for people’s sins.

18 Since he has suffered and has been enticed

Himself, he helps us through the love of Christ.

 

S.D.G.

 

SECOND TIMOTHY CHAPTER THREE

SECOND TIMOTHY CHAPTER THREE

1 But mark this: There will be horrendous times
In the last days, for people will love only
Themselves and love their money; 2 they’ll be proud

And boastful, troublemakers, disobedient
As to their parents, unappreciative,
Unholy, 3 loveless, unforgiving, sneering,

Having no self-control, harsh, thoroughly
Bad, 4 treacherous and rash, conceited, lovers
Of pleasure rather than of God– 5 they will

Look like they’re godly but they will deny
God’s power. Don’t have anything to do
With them, 6 for they’re the kind who worm their way

Into some homes and gain control of weak-
Willed women, who are loaded down with sins
And swayed by every wrong desire, 7 who ever

Learn but who never understand the truth.
8 Jannes and Jambres fought with Moses; so
Too do these men oppose the truth–these men

Of lowly minds, who are rejected by
The faith, 9 and who will not get very far
Because their folly will be clear to all.

10 You, though, know all about my teaching and
My way of life, my purpose, faith and patience,
My love, endurance, 11 persecutions and

Sufferings–all the kinds of things that happened
To me in Antioch, Iconium
And Lystra, persecutions I endured,

But God delivered me from all of them.
12 Yes, those who want to live a godly life
In Jesus Christ will suffer at the hands

Of those who hate him, 13 while bad men and false
Teachers will go from bad to worse, deceiving
And being tricked themselves; 14 but as for you,

Continue in what you have learned and what
You know is true, because you the ones
You learned it from, 15 and how from infancy

You’ve known the holy Scriptures, which are able
To make you wise for your salvation through
Faith in Christ Jesus. 16 Every Scripture is

God-breathed and good to teach, rebuke, correct,
And train in righteousness, 17 so that the man
Of God may be prepared with perfect vision

And be equipped to work for everyone.

S.D.G.

 

Galatians Chapter Six

GALATIANS CHAPTER SIX

 

1 Brothers, if someone’s caught in sin, you who

Are spiritual should humbly bring him back

To the right path, but watch yourself, or you

 

Too may be tempted. 2 Carry one another’s

Burdens, and in this way you will fulfill

The law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he

 

Is something when he’s nothing, he deceives

Himself. 4 Each one should test his own behavior,

Then he can pride himself in his own work,

 

And not compare himself to someone else,

5 For everyone should carry his own load.

6 Anyone who receives instruction in

 

The word must share with his instructor all

Good things. 7 Don’t be deceived: God can’t be mocked.

What a man sows, that he will reap. 8 The one

 

Who sows to please his sinful nature, from that

Nature will reap destruction; he who sows

To please the Spirit, from the Spirit will

 

Then reap eternal life. 9 Let’s not become

Weary in doing good, for when the time

Is right we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t

 

Give up, 10 so as the opportunity

Arises, let’s do good to everyone,

Especially to those belonging to

 

The family of believers. 11 See what large

Letters I use to write to you with my

Own hand! 12 Those who desire to make a good

 

Impression outwardly are trying to

Compel you to be circumcised. The sole

Reason that they do this is to avoid

 

The suffering of persecution for

The cross of Christ, 13 for even those who

Are circumcised do not obey the law,

 

Yet they desire that you be circumcised

So they may boast about your flesh. 14 May God

Forbid I boast but in the cross of our

 

Lord Jesus Christ, by whom to me the world

Is crucified, and I am crucified

Unto the world, 15 for neither circumcision

 

Nor uncircumcision means anything;

What matters is a new creation. 16 Peace

And mercy to everybody who obeys

 

This rule, and on the Israel of God.

17 From now on, let no one disturb me, for

I bear the marks of our Lord Jesus in

 

My body. 18 Brothers, may your spirit bear

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.

Amen.

 

S.D.G.

November 30: Bible-Based Poems

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Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this poem he wrote from the Bible.
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Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this poem he wrote.
Day Williams created this graphic depiction of his Bible-based poem.
Day Williams created this graphic depiction of his Bible-based poem.

SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER TWELVE

SECOND CORINTHIANS CHAPTER TWELVE

1 I must boast– nothing will be gained by it,

I’ll come to visions and to revelations

Of God. 2 I knew a man in Jesus Christ

 

Who, fourteen years ago, was caught up (whether

Within the body, I can’t tell; or whether

Out of the body, I can’t tell; God knows)

 

3 And I know this man (whether in the body,

Or out of body, I can’t tell; God knows)

4 How he was caught up into paradise,

 

And heard unutterable words, which it’s

Not lawful for man to speak. 5 Of such

A man I’ll boast; yet of myself I will

 

Not boast, except in my infirmities.

6 For though I might desire to boast, I will

Not be a fool; for I will say the truth:

 

But I refrain, so that no man will think

Me more than what he sees of me, or that

He hears of me; 7 and to prevent me from

 

Becoming arrogant through revelations,

There was provided me a thorn in flesh,

The messenger of Satan to afflict

 

Me, so I would not be conceited. 8 As

To this, I pleaded with the Lord three times

To take it from me, 9 but he said to me,

 

“My grace is adequate for you: for my

Strength is made perfect in infirmity.”

That’s why I boast of my infirmities,

 

So that Christ’s strength may rest on me. 10 That’s why,

For Christ’s sake, I’m content in weaknesses,

In insults and in persecutions, in

 

Difficulties and troubles: for when I

Am weak, then I am strong. 11 I have become

A fool by boasting; you’ve compelled me: for

 

I should have been acclaimed by you: for not

In any way am I inferior

To the most eminent apostles, though

 

I am a nobody. 12 The signs that mark

A true apostle were performed among

You in all diligence, in signs and wonders

 

And miracles, 13 for in what way were you

Treated inferior to other churches,

 

Except that I myself did not make you

 

Take care of me? Forgive me for this wrong.

14 Now I am ready to come visit you

The third time; and I will not burden you;

 

For I do not seek what is yours, but you;

For children aren’t responsible to save

Up for their parents, but the parents for

 

The children− 15 and I’ll gladly spend and be

Expended for you, although I should love

You more, should I be loved much less? 16 But be

 

That as it may, I did not burden you:

Yet, being crafty, I have tricked you in

Deceit. 17 Did I exploit you by a man

 

I have sent you? 18 I have urged Titus to

Go, and with him I sent a brother. Titus

Did not exploit you, did he? Did we not

 

Conduct ourselves in the same spirit and

In the same steps? 19 Have you been thinking all

Along we had to justify ourselves

 

With you? We have been speaking in the sight

Of God as those in Christ, and all we do,

Beloved friends, is for your strengthening,

 

20 For I’m afraid that when I come I may

Find that you aren’t the way I wish you were,

And that you’ll find I’m not the way you wish

 

I were; and that perhaps there may be strife,

Jealousy, angry outbursts, factions, slander,

Idle talk, arrogance, and anarchy:

 

21 I am afraid that when I come again,

My God will humble me in front of you,

And that I shall be saddened by the ones

 

Who have already sinned, and who have not

Repented of the lewdness, fornication

And degradation they have perpetrated.

November 14: Disguise

November 14
Disguise

 

874.

But the people of Gibeon, who were Hivites, heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, and they decided to deceive him. They went and got some food and loaded their donkeys with worn-out sacks and patched-up wineskins. They put on ragged clothes and worn-out sandals that had been mended. The bread they took with them was dry and moldy. Then they went to the camp at Gilgal and said to Joshua and the Israelites,

“We have come from a distant land. We want you to make a treaty with us.”

–1 Samuel 21:12-14

 

875.

So Saul disguised himself; he put on different clothes, and after dark he went with two of his men to see the woman. “Consult the spirits for me and tell me what is going to happen,” he said to her. “Call up the spirit of the man I name.”

–1 Samuel 28:8

 

876.

Be on your guard against false prophets; they come to you looking like sheep on the outside, but on the inside they are really like wild wolves.

–Matthew 7:15

 

November 1: Holy Bible

November 1
Holy Bible

835.
Do not be among those who give pledges, among those who become guarantors for debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you?
~Proverbs 22:26–27

836.
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?” And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
~Matthew 19:21–26

837.
But the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
~Book of Mark 4:19

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October 17: Holy Bible

October 17
Holy Bible

792.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
~Psalm 23:1

793.
Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
~Ecclesiastes 5:10

794.
Do not worry then, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
~Matthew 6:31–33

795.
And He said to them, Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch. So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.
~Book of John 21:6

October 16: Goals

October 16
Goals

790.
There’s only one direction you can coast.
~Brian Tracy (born 1944 in Vancouver, Canada), self-help author and motivational speaker

791.
But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
~Matthew 6:3–4

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