FACTS Feb 5-11, 2017

Published on 05 February 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Mark 2:3 NLT: 3 Four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.

ADORATION

Psalm 11:4-7, MSG: 4 But God hasn’t moved to the mountains; his holy address hasn’t changed. He’s in charge, as always, his eyes taking everything in, his eyelids unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood inside and out, not missing a thing. 5 He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God’s outraged. 6 Fail the test and you’re out, out in a hail of firestones, drinking from a canteen filled with hot desert wind. 7God’s business is putting things right; he loves getting the lines straight, Setting us straight. Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye.

CONFESSION

Psalm 15: 1-5, NIV: 1 Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? 2 He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart 3 and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, 4 who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, 5 who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

THANKSGIVING

Matthew 18:2-5, MSG: 2 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, 3 and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. 4 Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. 5 What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.

SUPPLICATION

Luke 5:20, NLT: 20 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

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FACTS Jan 29-Feb 4, 2017

Published on 29 January 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Matthew 8:16-17, MSG: 16 That evening a lot of demon-afflicted people were brought to him. He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. 17 He fulfilled Isaiah’s well-known sermon: He took our illnesses, He carried our diseases.

ADORATION

Psalm 9:7-12, NLT: 7 But the Lord reigns forever, [He holds the high center he sees and sets the world’s mess right (MSG)] executing judgment from his throne. 8 He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness. 9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O Lord, do not abandon those who search for you. 11 Sing praises to the Lord who reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds. 12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer [How he tracks down killers yet keeps his eye on us, registers every whimper and moan (MSG)].

CONFESSION

Matthew 16:24-26, MSG: 24Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. 25 Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. 26 What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for?

THANKSGIVING

Proverbs 3:5-12, MSG: 5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. 7 Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! 8 Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! 9 Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. 10 Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. 11 But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction. 12 It’s the child he loves that God corrects; a father’s delight is behind all this.

SUPPLICATION

Luke 4:40-41, NLT: 40 As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one. 41 Many were possessed by demons; and the demons came out at his command, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But because they knew he was the Messiah, he rebuked them and refused to let them speak.

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FACTS Jan 22-28, 2017

Published on 22 January 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Matthew 8:10-12, MSG: 10 Taken aback, Jesus said, “I’ve yet to come across this kind of simple trust in Israel, the very people who are supposed to know all about God and how he works.

ADORATION

Matthew 8: 6-7, MSG: 6As Jesus entered the village of Capernaum, a Roman captain came up in a panic and said, “Master, my servant is sick. He can’t walk. He’s in terrible pain.” 7Jesus said, “I’ll come and heal him.”

CONFESSION

Matthew 8:8-9, MSG: 8“Oh, no,” said the captain. “I don’t want to put you to all that trouble. Just give the order and my servant will be fine. 9I’m a man who takes orders and gives orders. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes; to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

THANKSGIVING

Matthew 8:13, MSG: 13 Then Jesus turned to the captain and said, “Go. What you believed could happen has happened.” At that moment his servant became well.

SUPPLICATION

Matthew 8:11-12, MSG: 11This man is the vanguard of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions — streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 12 Then those who grew up ‘in the faith’ but had no faith will find themselves out in the cold, outsiders to grace and wondering what happened.

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FACTS Jan 15-21, 2017

Published on 15 January 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Matt 19:26, NLT: 26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

ADORATION

Psalm 93: 1,2,5, NLT: 1 The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. 2 Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past. 3 The floods have risen up, O Lord. The floods have roared like thunder; the floods have lifted their pounding waves. 4 But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore—the Lord above is mightier than these! 5 Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.

CONFESSION

Matthew 14:31, NLT: 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

THANKGSIVING

Philippians 4:12-14, NLT: 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. 14 Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.

SUPPLICATION

Genesis 18:14, NLT: 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

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FACTS Jan 8-14, 2017

Published on 08 January 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Acts 26:17-18, NLT: 17 And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.

ADORATION

2 Peter 3:8-10, NLT: 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

CONFESSION

2 Corinthians 5:20-21, NLT: 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

THANKSGIVING

Mark 4:10-12, MSG: 10 When they were off by themselves, those who were close to him, along with the Twelve, asked about the stories. 11 He told them, “You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom — you know how it works. But to those who can’t see it yet, everything comes in stories, creating readiness, nudging them toward receptive insight. 12 These are people — Whose eyes are open but don’t see a thing, Whose ears are open but don’t understand a word, Who avoid making an about-face and getting forgiven.”

SUPPLICATION

Genesis 50:20-21, NLT: 20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. 21 No, don’t be afraid. I will continue to take care of you and your children.” So he reassured them by speaking kindly to them.

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FACTS Jan 1-7, 2017

Published on 01 January 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Philippians 3:13, NLT: 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

ADORATION

Ephesians 1:4, 7, 8. NLT: 4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. 8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.

CONFESSION

Psalm 3:1-2, NLT: 1 O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. 2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!”

THANKSGIVING

Philippians 3:12, 14, NLT: 12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

SUPPLICATION

Philippians 3:16, NLT: 16 But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

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FACTS Dec 25-31, 2016

Published on 25 December 2016 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HEALTHY HAPPY NEW YEAR , especially as you stand on guard, in prayer, for you and yours!

FOCUS

Nehemiah 4:13-14, MSG: 13So I stationed armed guards at the most vulnerable places of the wall and assigned people by families with their swords, lances, and bows. 14After looking things over I stood up and spoke to the nobles, officials, and everyone else: “Don’t be afraid of them. Put your minds on the Master, great and awesome, and then fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

ADORATION

Psalm 145:8-13 MSG 8God is all mercy and grace—not quick to anger, is rich in love. 9God is good to one and all; everything he does is suffused with grace. 10Creation and creatures applaud you, God; your holy people bless you. 11They talk about the glories of your rule, they exclaim over your splendor, 12Letting the world know of your power for good, the lavish splendor of your kingdom. 13Your kingdom is a kingdom eternal; you never get voted out of office. God always does what he says, and is gracious in everything he does.

CONFESSION

Revelation 12:17, MSG: 17 Helpless with rage, the Dragon raged at the Woman, then went off to make war with the rest of her children, the children who keep God’s commands and hold firm to the witness of Jesus.

THANKSGIVING

Nehemiah 4:15-16, MSG: 15Our enemies learned that we knew all about their plan and that God had frustrated it. And we went back to the wall and went to work. 16From then on half of my young men worked while the other half stood guard with lances, shields, bows, and mail armor.

SUPPLICATION

Nehemiah 4:19-20, MSG: 19Then I spoke to the nobles and officials and everyone else: “There’s a lot of work going on and we are spread out all along the wall, separated from each other. 20When you hear the trumpet call, join us there; our God will fight for us.”

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FACTS Dec 18-24, 2016

Published on 18 December 2016 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

John 15:2, NLT: 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

ADORATION

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT: 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

CONFESSION

1 Corinthians 13:1-2, NLT: Love Is the Greatest 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.

THANKSGIVING

Galatians 5:22-23, NLT: 22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

SUPPLICATION

1 John 2:26-27, NLT: 26 I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. 27 But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.

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FACTS Dec 11-17, 2016

Published on 11 December 2016 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Daniel 10:17-19, NLT: 17 How can someone like me, your servant, talk to you, my lord? My strength is gone, and I can hardly breathe.” 18 Then the one who looked like a man touched me again, and I felt my strength returning. 19 “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”

ADORATION

Revelation 1:8, NLT: 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,” says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”

CONFESSION

Revelation 1:17-18, MSG: 17 I saw this and fainted dead at his feet. His right hand pulled me upright, his voice reassured me: “Don’t fear: I am First, I am Last, 18 I’m Alive. I died, but I came to life, and my life is now forever. See these keys in my hand? They open and lock Death’s doors, they open and lock Hell’s gates.

THANKSGIVING

Ex 14:13-14, NLT: 13 But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. 14 The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

SUPPLICATION

Daniel 10:12-14, NLT: 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

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FACTS Dec 4-10, 2016

Published on 04 December 2016 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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FOCUS

Colossians 3:15, NLT: 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

ADORATION

John 14:27, NLT: 27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

CONFESSION

Isaiah 26:3-5, NLT: 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. 5 He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust.

THANKSGIVING

Romans 14:17-19, NLT: 17 For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too. 19 So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up.

SUPPLICATION

Philippians 4:6-7, NLT: 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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