FACTS Dec 10-16, 2017

Published on 10 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 91:14-16 (NIV): 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

ADORATION

Isaiah 26:3-5 (NIV): 3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal. 5 He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.

CONFESSION

Psalm 112:7-8 (NIV): 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 57:7-8 (NIV): 7 My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. 8 Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 27:1-3 (NIV): 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.

 

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FACTS Dec 3-9, 2017

Published on 03 December 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 80:6 (NIV): 6 Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

ADORATION

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 (NIV): 16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

CONFESSION

Micah 6:8 (MSG): 8 But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously — take God seriously.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 112: 4-8 (NIV): 4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man. 5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. 6 Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. 7 He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. 8 His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

SUPPLICATION

Matthew 5:7 (NIV): 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Luke 6:36 (NIV): 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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FACTS Nov 26-Dec 2, 2017

Published on 26 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Hebrews 2:14-15 (MSG): Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.

ADORATION

Hebrews 2:16-18 (MSG): It’s obvious, of course, that he [Jesus] didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.

CONFESSION

Hebrews 2:1(MSG): It’s crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we’ve heard so that we don’t drift off.

THANKSGIVING

Hebrews 2:10 (MSG): It makes good sense that the God who got everything started and keeps everything going now completes the work by making the Salvation Pioneer [Jesus] perfect through suffering as he leads all these people to glory.

SUPPLICATION

Hebrews 2:11-13 (MSG): Since the One who saves and those who are saved have a common origin, Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat them as family, saying, I’ll tell my good friends, my brothers and sisters, all I know about you; I’ll join them in worship and praise to you. Again, he puts himself in the same family circle when he says, Even I live by placing my trust in God. And yet again, I’m here with the children God gave me.

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FACTS Nov 19-25, 2017

Published on 19 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Lamentations 3:19-21 (MSG): It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God. I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope.

ADORATION

Lamentations 3:22-24 (MSG): God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

CONFESSION

Lamentations 3: 28-30 (MSG): When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.

THANKSGIVING

Lamentations 3: 31-33, 36 (MSG): Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way: God Speaks Both Good Things and Hard Things into Being.

SUPPLICATION

Lamentations 3:25-27 (MSG):  God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.

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FACTS Nov 12-18, 2017

Published on 12 November 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Jeremiah 17:12-13 (MSG): 12 From early on your Sanctuary was set high, a throne of glory, exalted! O God, you’re the hope of Israel. 13 All who leave you end up as fools, Deserters with nothing to show for their lives, who walk off from God, fountain of living waters—and wind up dead!

ADORATION

Jeremiah 17:9-10 (MSG): 9 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. 10 But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

CONFESSION

Jeremiah 17:14 (MSG): 14 God, pick up the pieces. Put me back together again. You are my praise!

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 119:4-8 (MSG): 4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. 5 Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; 6 Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. 7 I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. 8 I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.

SUPPLICATION

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-6 (MSG): 5 You paid careful attention to the way we lived among you, and determined to live that way yourselves. In imitating us, you imitated the Master. 6 Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit!—taking the trouble with the joy, the joy with the trouble.

 

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FACTS Oct 22-28, 2017

Published on 22 October 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Isaiah 40:28 (MSG): 28 Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out.

ADORATION

Isaiah 40:25-26 (MSG): 25 “So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. 26 Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!—and never overlooks a single one?

CONFESSION

Isaiah 40:27 (MSG): 27 Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”?

THANKSGIVING

Isaiah 40:29-30 (MSG): 29 He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. 30 For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall.

SUPPLICATION

Isaiah 40:31 (MSG): 31 But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

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FACTS Oct 15-21, 2017

Published on 15 October 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Psalm 118:1-4, MSG: 1 Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits. 2 Tell the world, Israel, “His love never quits.” 3 And you, clan of Aaron, tell the world, “His love never quits.” 4 And you who fear God, join in, “His love never quits.”

ADORATION

Psalm 118: 5-8, MSG: 5 Pushed to the wall, I called to God; from the wide open spaces, he answered. 6 God’s now at my side and I’m not afraid; who would dare lay a hand on me? 7 God’s my strong champion; I flick off my enemies like flies. 8 Far better to take refuge in God than trust in people; far better to take refuge in God than trust in celebrities.

CONFESSION

Colossians 2:14-15, MSG: 14 Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. 15 He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

THANKSGIVING

Psalm 118:14-16, MSG: 14 I was right on the cliff-edge, ready to fall, when God grabbed and held me. God’s my strength, he’s also my song, and now he’s my salvation. 15 Hear the shouts, hear the triumph songs in the camp of the saved?  16 “The hand of God has turned the tide! The hand of God is raised in victory! The hand of God has turned the tide!”

SUPPLICATION

Jeremiah 11:18-20, MSG: 18 God told me what was going on. That’s how I knew. You, God, opened my eyes to their evil scheming. 19 I had no idea what was going on—naive as a lamb being led to slaughter! I didn’t know they had it in for me, didn’t know of their behind-the-scenes plots: “Let’s get rid of the preacher. That will stop the sermons! Let’s get rid of him for good. He won’t be remembered for long.” 20 Then I said, “God-of-the-Angel-Armies, you’re a fair judge. You examine and cross-examine human actions and motives. I want to see these people shown up and put down! I’m an open book before you. Clear my name.”

 

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FACTS Oct 8-14, 2017

Published on 08 October 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Colossians 2: 2-3, MSG: 2 I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. 3 All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery!

ADORATION

Colossians 1: 26-27, MSG: 26 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. 27 The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.

CONFESSION

Jeremiah 9:23-24, MSG: God’s Message: 23“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom. Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits. Don’t let the rich brag of their riches. 24 If you brag, brag of this and this only: That you understand and know me. I’m God, and I act in loyal love. I do what’s right and set things right and fair, and delight in those who do the same things. These are my trademarks.”

THANKSGIVING

Jeremiah 10: 6-7, MSG: 6 All this is nothing compared to you, O God. You’re wondrously great, famously great. Who can fail to be impressed by you, King of the nations? 7 It’s your very nature to be worshiped! Look far and wide among the elite of the nations. The best they can come up with is nothing compared to you.

SUPPLICATION

Jeremiah 9: 25, MSG: God’s Decree. 25 “Stay alert! It won’t be long now”—God’s Decree!—“when I will personally deal with everyone whose life is all outside but no inside: Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab. All these nations are big on performance religion—including Israel, who is no better.”

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FACTS Oct 1-7, 2017

Published on 01 October 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Hebrews 10:35-36, NIV: 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

ADORATION

Psalm 73:25-26, NIV: 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

CONFESSION

Psalm 73:21-24, NIV: 21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, 22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. 23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. 24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

THANKSGIVING

Hebrews 3:12-15, NIV: 12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. 15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”

SUPPLICATION

Hebrews 10:37-39, NIV: 37 For in just a very little while, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. 38 But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.” 39 But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.

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FACTS Sept 24-30, 2017

Published on 24 September 2017 by in Encouragement, Weekly FACTS

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Isaiah 51:7-8 (MSG): “Listen now, you who know right from wrong, you who hold my teaching inside you: Pay no attention to insults, and when mocked don’t let it get you down. Those insults and mockeries are moth-eaten, from brains that are termite-ridden, but my setting-things-right lasts, my salvation goes on and on and on.”

ADORATION

Isaiah 51:4-6 (MSG): “Pay attention, my people. Listen to me, nations. Revelation flows from me. My decisions light up the world. My deliverance arrives on the run, my salvation right on time. I’ll bring justice to the peoples.”

CONFESSION

Galatians 6:4-5 (MSG): Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

THANKSGIVING

Galatians 6:14-16 (MSG): For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!

SUPPLICATION

Psalm 60:11-12 (NIV): Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. 12 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.

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