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  • Verse of the Day - Deuteronomy 10:20

    <p>Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him...</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Deuteronomy10.20" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deuteronomy 10:20</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>What do you find yourself holding onto most often? What is your source of security, reassurance, hope, and stability in times of trouble? What do you encourage folks to do and who do you encourage them to hold onto during times of trouble?</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Dear God and Abba Father, please be with a number of people I know that are undergoing great trials and temptations. Use me to bless them and encourage them. Please uphold them by your powerful hand. Finally, dear Father, strengthen and empower them to hold on to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/L6qNLRHbAmI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Proverbs 10:19

    <p>When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Proverbs10.19" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proverbs 10:19</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>We are constantly filling our world with noise. If it is not the sound of our own voices, then turn up some other noise to fill the silence. With the proliferation of radio talk shows, we are even given the opportunity to sound off to that noise. Unfortunately, quite often we say things that are harmful, hurtful, or foolish. God's wisdom reminds us to learn to hold our tongue and let silence rule over more of our time rather than the noisy words that so often clutter our world.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy God, please give me more wisdom so that I can keep my mouth shut more often and my ears more attentive to the needs of others. Purify my heart and cleanse my speech so that it will be helpful to others and bring glory to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/iKAFw8577Fk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Ecclesiastes 10:18

    <p>If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Ecclesiastes10.18" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ecclesiastes 10:18</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>Laziness is not just an attitude; it is a lack of action. It is a choice to let important matters suffer and neglect what is necessary. The results of this laziness choice may not always be immediately evident. However, with time, the accumulating signs of decay make the results of idleness very clear. This is doubly true spiritually. I wonder how many people have remained lost because God’s people were lazy about reaching out to the lost and broken. Yes, laziness isn’t just an attitude; it is a choice not to act! <br /> <hr /> <br /> <b>VerseoftheDay.com video message from Phil Ware:</b><br /><br /> <div align="center"><iframe class="youtube" id="9rN5sBPFdW4"></iframe></div> <ul> <li>See the <a href="https://youtu.be/05ysxilPbUM" target="_blank">Communion Reflection</a> with Vann and Serge.</li><li>View the <a href="https://youtu.be/a94AvkwW7Sc" target="_blank">Closing Blessing</a> with Mark Hanner.</li><li>This week's <a href=" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJnlRcLpa7-dBwQZkEn9fWGIEqlym7-lO" target="_blank">song playlist</a>.</li><li>This week's <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/articles/202010/20201018_saggingroof.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en" target="_blank"><b>ToGather</b> home worship guide</a>.</li><li>All of Phil's <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg1NUFuMRfFz41b75SzeX5g" target="_blank"><b>ToGather</b> videos</a>.</li></ul> <hr /> <br /> </p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Stir in me, dear Heavenly Father, a passion to do what is true and good and righteous. Convict my heart when I neglect what is important. Please help me discern the difference between laziness and a genuine need for rest and to balance my life between my many responsibilities. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/GeS83JOO4mg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Proverbs 10:17

    <p>He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Proverbs10.17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proverbs 10:17</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>God has given each of us a circle of influence, a place where our lives impact others for either good or ill. In much the same way, each of us is also influenced by others, some of whom can help us see and overcome our problems and shortcomings. However, if we reject or snub discipline and correction, we not only harm ourselves, but we lead others astray. The choices we make don't determine just our destination; they also greatly impact others!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Dear God, please forgive my foolish arrogance and my lazy indifference to your truth and wisdom. I am humbled by the knowledge that you have made my life significant to others. Please empower me to use that influence to gently and humbly lead them in the way of your truth. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/pnmrBvnzsr8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - 1 Corinthians 10:16

    <p>Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/1Corinthians10.16" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1 Corinthians 10:16</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>The Apostle Paul makes clear that the heart of the Gospel is found in the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). The Lord's Supper, Communion or Eucharist as it is sometimes called, is a key part of our walk with Christ. It is a time where we proclaim the story of the Gospel (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:26). But, it is more than a time of proclamation; it is a time of participation. We share in the supper with each other and with Christ. This participation revitalizes us in our walk with the Savior and helps us re-live his saving death and resurrection.</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Holy God and loving Father, thank you for giving me the Lord's Supper. It is such a beautiful and convicting reminder of the tremendous cost Jesus paid for my sin. It is such a beautiful reminder of the love you have for me and the ransom paid to set me free from sin and death. Thank you for inviting me to share in the holy sacrifice of your Son and my Savior. May I never take it for granted or misuse this precious gift to me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/OMYX4WaiKl4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Judges 10:15

    <p>But the Israelites said to the LORD, "We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now."</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Judges10.15" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Judges 10:15</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>When God's people realized the depth of their sin and the impending punishment by God, they repented and asked for his help. They didn't try to diminish the gravity of their sin. Instead, they threw themselves on the mercy of the LORD and his graciousness. Unfortunately today, we often hide, avoid, rationalize, deny, and skirt the seriousness our personal sin. We don't like to admit it, much less confess it and turn from it. "It's not really all that bad. I know a lot of folks who do a lot worse things than I did." We must not view confession of sin as humiliation or weakness. Acknowledging our sin and asking for God's forgiveness, cleansing, and power open the door for him to use us mightily if we will look to him for our rescue!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for my sin. Please eradicate it from my life with the help of your transforming and purifying Spirit as I offer myself daily as a living sacrifice to you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/gMVgNY1vUxI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

  • Verse of the Day - Deuteronomy 10:14

    <p>To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://bible.faithlife.com/bible/niv/Deuteronomy10.14" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Deuteronomy 10:14</a></p><h4>Thoughts on Today's Verse...</h4><p>It all belongs to God! The multifaceted and creative side of our heavenly Father's nature is revealed in the astounding beauty and variety in our universe. This is not our world, but our Father has chosen to share it with us as one of his many gifts to us. Our Creator chose to provide us with the changing seasons in each year and the kaleidoscope of colors in each sunset and sunrise to frame our days. These are reminders of his love for beauty and variety, for predictability and also change. In addition to all that God has made and placed before us, he has crowned us, his human children, with glory and honor. Each of us is made, even with all of our differences, in his likeness. We are bearers of his divine image. Each person and all the peoples are precious to him. All the universe is the LORD's, yet in his greatness, he chooses to know each one of us intimately. Ah, my friend, that is grace upon grace from the LORD who loves each one of us with an undying love as he sustains a universe too vast for us to imagine!</p><h4>My Prayer...</h4><p>LORD God Almighty, the universe is yours. You sustain it by your powerful word. All creation attests to your marvelous power and creative mastery. As the God who is so great, I pray in awe that you are also my <i>abba</i> Father who welcomes me into your presence. Thank you for using your majesty and might to bless us and provide for us such a wonderful world in which to live. In Jesus' name I pray and praise you. Amen.</p>The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to <a href="mailto:phil@verseoftheday.com" rel="nofollow">phil@verseoftheday.com</a>.<hr>&copy; 1998-2020, Heartlight, Inc. Verseoftheday.com is part of the <a href="https://www.heartlight.org?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Heartlight</a> Network. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. &copy; 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. | <a href="https://www.heartlight.org/support/privacy.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=devos&utm_content=votd&utm_term=en">Privacy Policy</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/hl-devos-votd/~4/-iFmTHofz6s" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>