August is Happiness Happens Month!

Prayer Thoughts for August - Happiness Happens

Are you smiling or growling? SMILE!!! That was Alyssa. Always smiling, always finding the silver lining. Whenever her friends were having a bad day or looked down, Alyssa was there to cheer them up! But Dani? GRRRRR!!! Dani was the opposite. Dani could find the bad on the best of days. Constantly growling about something. And, whether Dani was aware or not, her negativity would bring down her friends when they were happy. Do you have a friend like Alyssa? Do you have a friend like Dani? Which one do you emulate in your life?

August 14, 2020, DAY 230: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR: Daniel 7-12

August 14, 2020

17“Now, our God, hear the prayers and petitions of your servant. For your sake, Lord, look with favor on your desolate sanctuary.  18Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.  19Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”  (Daniel 9:17-19. NIV)

Journey 2020: Vision For Christ - God! Front and Center!

Journey 2020: Vision For Christ - God! Front and Center!

What is at the center of your life?

The Cost of Being a Disciple: Building a Tower and Making War
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:  26“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.  27And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?  29For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31"Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  32If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  33In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”  
(Luke 14:25-35, NIV)

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