Monday, March 31, 2014

LOVE IS - Adar II - 29, 5774


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Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or
a clanging cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy,
and understand all mysteries and all knowledge,
and though I have all faith, so that
I could remove mountains,
but have not love,
I am nothing.
And though I bestow
all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned,
but have not love,
it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind;
love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely,
does not seek its own,
is not provoked,
thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity, but
rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails.
But whether there are prophecies,
they will fail;
whether there are tongues,
they will cease;
whether there is knowledge,
it will vanish away.
For we know in part and we
prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect has come,
then that which is in part
will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child,
I understood as a child,
I thought as a child;
but when I became a man,
I put away childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
but then face to face.
Now I know in part,
but then I shall know
just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The One - Adar II - 28, 5774

"I will sing a new song to You, O God;
On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,
The One who gives salvation to kings,
Who delivers David His servant
From the deadly sword.
Rescue me and deliver me from the hand of foreigners,
Whose mouth speaks lying words,
And whose right hand is a
right hand of falsehood -
That our sons may be as plants
grown up in their youth;
That our daughters may be as pillars,
Sculptured in palace style;
That our barns may be full,
Supplying all kinds of produce;
That our sheep may bring forth thousands
And ten thousands in our fields;
That our oxen may be well laden;
That there be no breaking in or going out;
That there be no outcry in our streets.
Happy are the people who are in such a state;
Happy are the people whose God is the LORD!"

Psalm 144:9-15

Saturday, March 29, 2014

All Who Forget God - Adar II - 27, 5774

"Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh?
Can the reeds flourish without water?
While it is yet green and not cut down,
it withers before any other plant.
So are the paths of all who forget God;
and the hope of the hypocrite shall perish,
whose confidence
shall be cut off,
and whose trust is a spider's web.
He leans on his house,
but it does not stand.
He holds it fast,
but it does not endure."
Job 8:11-15

Friday, March 28, 2014

Escaped - Adar II - 26, 5774

"'If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,'
Let Israel now say -
'If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
When men rose up against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
When their wrath was kindled against us;
Then the waters would have overwhelmed us,
The stream would have gone over our soul;
Then the swollen waters would have gone over our soul.'
Blessed be the LORD,
Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.
Our soul has escaped as a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
The snare is broken, and we have escaped.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth."  Psalm 124


"But now, thus says the LORD,
who created you, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel:
'Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name;
You are Mine.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And through the rivers,
they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I gave Egypt for your ransom,
Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Since you were precious in My sight,
You have been honored,
And I have loved you;
Therefore I will give men for you,
And people for your life.'"
Isaiah 43:1-4

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Broken Bread - Adar II - 25, 5774

Then He said to them,
'O foolish ones,
and slow of heart to believe
in all the prophets have spoken!
Ought not the Christ
to have suffered these things
and to enter into His glory?'
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets,
He expounded to them
in all the Scriptures
the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village
where they were going,
and He indicated that He
would have gone farther.
But they constrained Him, saying,
'Abide with us,
for it is toward evening,
and the day is far spent.'
And He went in to stay with them.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table
with them, that He took bread,
blessed and broke it,
and gave it to them.
Then their eyes were opened
and they knew Him;
and He vanished from their sight.
And they said to one another,
'Did not our heart burn within us
while He talked with us on the road,
and while He opened the Scriptures to us?'
So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem,
and found the eleven and those who were with them
gathered together, saying,
'The Lord is risen indeed,
and has appeared to Simon!'
And they told about the things
that had happened on the road,
and how He was known to them
in the breaking of bread.

Luke 24:25-35

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Fool - Adar II - 24, 5774

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"The Lord God of hosts,
He who touches the earth and it melts,
And all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like the River,
And subside like the River of Egypt.
He who builds His layers in the sky,
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who calls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth -
The LORD is His name."
AMOS 9:5-6


"The fool has said in his heart,
'There is no God.'"
Psalm 14:1a


"The fool has said in his heart,
'There is no God.'"
Psalm 53:1a


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Not in Despair - Adar II - 23, 5774

"Therefore, since we have received this ministry,
as we have received mercy,
we do not lose heart.
But we have renounced the hidden things of shame,
not walking in craftiness
nor handling the word of God deceitfully,
but by manifestation of the truth
commending ourselves to every man's conscience
in the sight of God.
But even if our gospel is veiled,
it is veiled to those who are perishing,
whose minds the god of this age has blinded,
who do not believe,
lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God,
should shine on them.
For we do not preach ourselves,
but Christ Jesus the Lord,
and ourselves your bondservants
for Jesus' sake.
For it is the God
who commanded light to shine out of darkness,
who has shone in our hearts
to give the light of the knowledge
of the glory of God
in the face of Jesus Christ.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellence of the power
may be of God and not of us.

We are hard-pressed on every side,

yet not crushed;

we are perplexed,

but not in despair;


but not forsaken;

struck down,

but not destroyed -

always carrying about in the body
the dying of the Lord Jesus,
that the life of Jesus also
may be manifested in our body.
For we who live are always
delivered to death for Jesus' sake,
that the life of Jesus also
may be manifested
in our mortal flesh."
2 Corinthians 4:1-11


"When Gideon came to the Jordan,
he and the three hundred men
who were with him
crossed over,

Judges 8:4

New King James Version - I used capitals myself for emphasis.

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Portion - Adar II - 22, 5774

"You will guide me with Your counsel,
And afterward receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You?
And there is none upon earth
That I desire besides You.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart
And my portion forever."

PSALM 73:24-26

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Perfect - Adar II - 21, 5774

"The law of the LORD is perfect,
converting the soul;
The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple;
The statutes of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;
The judgments of the LORD are true and
righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward."
Psalm 19:7-11


"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof,
for correction,
for instruction in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WILL NOT SLUMBER - Adar II - 20, 5774


 "I will lift up my eyes to the hills -
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the LORD,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper;
The LORD is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The LORD shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The LORD shall preserve your going out and
your coming in from this time forth,
and even forevermore."
Psalm 121

Friday, March 21, 2014

Up to Zion! - Adar II - 19, 5774

"The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
therefore with lovingkindness
I have drawn you.
Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt,
O virgin of Israel!
You shall again be adorned with your tambourines,
and shall go forth in the dances
of those who rejoice.
You shall yet plant vines
on the mountains of Samaria;
The planters shall plant and eat them as ordinary food.
For there shall be a day
when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim,
'Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
to the LORD our God.'"
Jeremiah 31:3-6

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Harvest - Adar II - 18, 5774

"And He said, 'The kingdom of God is as if a man
should scatter seed on the ground,
and should sleep by night and rise by day,
and the seed should sprout and grow,
he himself does not know how.
For the earth yields crops by itself:
first the blade,
then the head,
after that the full grain in the head.
But when the grain ripens,
he puts in the sickle,
because the harvest has come.'"
Mark 4:26-29

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Plow in Hope - Adar II - 17, 5774

"For it is written in the law of Moses,
'You shall not muzzle an ox while
it treads out the grain.'
Is it oxen God is concerned about?
Or does He say it altogether for our sakes?
For our sakes, no doubt, this is written,
that he who plows
should plow in hope,
and he who threshes in hope
should be partaker of his hope."
1 Corinthians 9:9-10

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ice - Adar II - 16, 5774

"He sends out His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes;
He casts out His hail like morsels;
Who can stand before His cold?
He sends out His word and melts them;
He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
He declares His word in Jacob,
His statutes and His judgments, to Israel.
He has not dealt thus with any nation;
And as for His judgments,
They have not known them.
Praise the LORD!"

Psalm 147:15-20
"Have you entered the treasury of snow,
Or have you seen the treasury of hail,
Which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
For the day of battle and war?"

Job 38:22-23

Monday, March 17, 2014

My Shepherd - Adar II - 15, 5774

"The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD
Psalm 23

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Blossom & Bud - Adar II - 14, 5774

"Those who come He shall cause
to take root in Jacob;
Israel shall blossom and bud,
And fill the face of the world with fruit."
Isaiah 27:6

Saturday, March 15, 2014

You Satisfy - Adar II - 13, 5774

"The LORD upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food
in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire
of every living thing."
Psalm 145:14-16

Friday, March 14, 2014

Wings Like a Dove - Adar II - 12, 5774

"My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
So I said, 'Oh that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness.  Selah
I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest.'"
Psalm 55:4-8


"He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven."
Psalm 107:29-30


"Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,
'Peace, be still!'
And the wind ceased and there was a great calm."
Mark 4:39

Thursday, March 13, 2014

They Will Mourn - Adar II - 11, 5774

He is coming with clouds,
and every eye will see Him,
even they who pierced Him.
And all the tribes of the earth will mourn
because of Him.
Even so, Amen."
Revelation 1:7

"And one shall say to him,
What are these wounds in thine hands?
Then he shall answer,
Those with which I was wounded
in the house of my friends."
King James Version:  Zechariah 13:6
"Now Thomas, called the Twin,
one of the twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said to him,
'We have seen the Lord.'
So he said to them,
'Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails,
and put my finger into the print of the nails,
and put my hand into His side,
I will not believe.'
And after eight days His disciples
were again inside,
and Thomas with them.
Jesus came, the doors being shut,
and stood in the midst, and said,
'Peace to you!'
Then He said to Thomas,
'Reach your finger here,
and look at My hands;
and reach your hand here,
and put it into My side.
Do not be unbelieving, but believing.'
And Thomas answered and said to Him,
'My Lord and my God!'
Jesus said to him,
'Thomas, because you have seen Me,
you have believed.
Blessed are those who have not seen
and yet have believed.'"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Great and Small - Adar II - 10, 5774

"Praise the LORD from the earth,
You great sea creatures and all the depths;
Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
Mountains and all hills;
Fruitful trees and all cedars;
Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and flying fowl;
Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and maidens;
Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven."
Psalm 148:7-13

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

He Will Defend - Adar II - 9, 5774

"Like birds flying about,
So will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem.
Defending, He will also deliver it;
Passing over, He will preserve it."
Isaiah 31:5