August 1999 Previous Devotionals
Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
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.
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters.
Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were, because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise."
I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Be careful not to do your "acts of righteousness" before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
May the Lord show mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains.
By God's will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
He leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.
Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed.
A bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
But when they [the disciples] saw him [Jesus] walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance.
Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched?