Posts Tagged ‘ Good ’

VerseD: Psalm 100:2

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 100:2, ESV

Our God has saved us from our sin. This should bring us much joy and want to sing! It should also push us to want to gladly share the news of salvation with this world.

VerseD: Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 100:5, ESV

God works all things for the good of those who love Him, but it is fully realized at the Second Coming of Christ.

And His track record proves His faithfulness to give us hope.

VerseD: Psalm 107:1

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!

Psalm 107:1, ESV

God showed His goodness and love through the cross. We should always be thankful for our salvation.

VerseD: John 10:11

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

John 10:11, ESV

Because He loves us, Jesus gave up His life to save us from our sins (and then arose again!)

We, too, should make sacrifices to share that news with the world.

Because He loves us.

VerseD: Luke 6:45

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Luke 6:45, ESV

No one is truly good apart from Christ. All we do and say is tainted by our sinful nature.

In Christ, we are made clean and clothed in righteousness, able to do truly good works.

VerseD: Romans 13:10

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Romans 13:10, ESV

We strive to do what is best for our neighbors (anyone). The world tries to say it means no pain, but sometimes what is best comes through pain: like hearing you are in need of salvation.

VerseD: Galatians 6:9

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9, ESV

We live in a world that promotes selfishness and retribution, denying the truth of God’s Word. May we live as Christ: sacrificially loving others and doing what God has called us to do.

The End of 2020

As I will share briefly tomorrow, 2020 was certainly a year.

But it ends today. (Why are so many people shouting “Amen!”? ;p)

Yet, overall, it was pretty good in my little sphere.

I personally stepped back from most of social media. It seems most people could not handle civil discourse. I was blocked and unfriended by people for merely offering reasonable/simple thoughts. I had to block and unfriend a few people for crossing too many lines. (And all of those attend church, for what it’s worth. I did not have to block or unfriend any of my non-Christian friends.)

In terms of this blog, things went really well. Many new followers have come to the blog, for starters.

I could have said last year that it was the best year. In 2018 I began posting daily thoughts on a verse(s) of the day. 2018 saw the number of visits for the year hit about 2,000. I was stoked. Then, in 2019, the number of posts doubled, but the number of visits more than quintupled to more than 10,000!

If a few more people stop by today (December 31, 2020), a simple man of God will break 11,000 views with fewer overall posts! (But just a few fewer … like 20. Ha!) That is maintaining posting VerseD posts and sharing from several friends and a few other places.

So, thank you, dear readers, for helping this be a good year for the blog.

As I have said all along, regardless of the year that came or went, we should remember that God is in control. Nothing happens outside of His will or sight.

He does not condone everything that happens. He does not like everything that happens.

But God has it all under control. We are working toward the end of this world, so we should not be surprised by craziness, stupidity, sinfulness, or sadness. God warned us it would all come, for one reason or another, even if not specifically called out.

(But it does look a lot like 2020 brought us that much closer to His return than much of history has done! And, no, I am not setting any dates or saying that 2020 definitely set the stage for one End-Time scenario or another. Just that it became very clear His return is closer than ever this year. As His return is every year.)

Did anything good or even great happen to you this year? Has God blessed you in unexpected ways, or are you simply ready for this year to be gone?

In His Love,

Daniel

VerseD: Psalm 9:1-2

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
Psalm 9:1‭-‬2, ESV

Perspectives matter. Yes, there are plenty of bad things in this life. There are also good and beautiful things provided by God, most especially His grace and mercy as found at the cross.

VerseD: 2 John 1:6

And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
2 John 1:6, ESV

God’s command to us is to love each other by pointing and lifting each other toward Him in all godliness and goodness.