Daily Scripture

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 – II Chronicles 7:14

   On this new inauguration day, 2021, it seems fitting to go back again to the foundations that God has told us - Love
God and love your neighbor as yourself. In II Chronicles 7:14, it reads: 14 if My people who are called by My name
will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and
will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Father, thank you for the countless blessings You give us each day. Help us to BE the church every day in our homes,
our communities, our country, and the world. Use our hands, feet, and hearts to share your word and your love with our
families, friends, as well as those with whom we disagree. We can do all things in Christ who strengths us. Amen.

 

Tuesday, January 19,2021 – The Footpath to Peace by Henry Van Dyke

   To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars;
to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to
despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be govern
-ed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except his kindness
of heart and gentleness of manner; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends and every day of Christ;
and to spend as much time as you can with body and with spirit, in God’s out-of-doors, these are the little guide-
posts on the footpath of peace.

 

Monday, January 18, 2021 – Prayer Requests and Announcements

   Good morning from Mount Pleasant on Monday January 18. Between those who gathered in our sanctuary,
under our shelter, and those who joined us online; about 23 people participated live with our worship service.

   Prayer concerns lifted up include Jerry and Lynne Cates, Jim Hodgin, Betsy Andrews, Curt Kilburn, Bobby
Arrington, Clarence Durham, Bonnie Perry Isaacs, Betsy Andrews, Carlene Burge, Louise Savio, Brewer Matthews,
and the family of Lee Sullivan.

   We also ask that you pray for Cody Gossett-Lynne Cates’ nephew, Taylor Wright-Bonnie Blake’s granddaughter,
Barry Munson-Jim Gard’s cousin’s husband, Alesha Velasquez-Joe Wilson’s granddaughter, and the Rev. Al Hocutt.

   We have a number of people who are infected with the COVID virus: Mitch and Sharon Guyer-Glenna Harris’
nephew and wife, Rusty and Derek Nipper, and Eli and Kaylan.

   Prayer requests are also sought for Helen Yates, Reather Ann Hunter-Linda Cooper’s cousin, Tom and Frankie
Danek, Matthew, Gepsy, and Lance Gard-Jim Gard’s son and family, and the family of Margaret Ann McLaurin who
is Susan Brantley’s aunt.

   In the joys department, L.D. Riddle is recovering well, Karley Riddle is out of the ICU, and Renee Rasmussen’s
husband Marco is now home.

   Opportunities for this week include our Bible Study on Tuesday at noon and Sunday School on Sunday at 10:00
a.m. These gatherings occur via Zoom and anyone can participate. I hope you will be able to participate in some or
all of these opportunities and I pray you will have a great day!

 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

   I believe churches are meant for praising God. But so are 2:00 a.m. car rides, and showers, and coffee shops.

So is the gym, conversations with friends, and conversations with strangers.

   Don’t let a building confine your faith because we will never change the world just by going to church.

We need to BE the church!

 

Friday, January 15, 2021 – Ephesians 6:10-18

   Good morning from Mount Pleasant on Friday January 15.  In light of recent events, I feel that, as Christians, we
need to equip ourselves with the whole armor of God. What is that armor of God you ask? The description is found
in Ephesians 6 verses 10-18 which reads:

   10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to with-
stand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth
around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make
you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to
quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God.

   18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in
supplication for all the saints.

   If we arm ourselves with the whole armor of God and seek to share God’s love with all people, we can make a
real difference in our community! I hope you are blessed by these words and I pray you will have a great day! Take
care and God bless.

 

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Psalm 139

1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
5 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.

7 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
9 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
12 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.

19 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
20 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
22 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
24 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!