Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, August 9, 2022

Blessed Are The Peacemakers

The Beatles wrote a song entitled, “We Can Work It Out.”   Some of the lyrics were, “Think of what you're saying. You can get it wrong and still you think that it's alright. Think of what I'm saying, we can work it out and get it straight, or say good night. We can work it out.”

 

We live in a world where many seem to take joy from saying outrageous things to provoke others to witty retorts or worse.  Is it possible that we have allowed our personal interests to override civility and kindness towards one another?  Isn’t it worthwhile to stifle that arrogant sarcasm and angry reply and do what the Bible suggests that we do?  The Bible suggests that we follow peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14).  It further says that love covers all kinds of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  In addition, the Bible declares that the peacemakers shall be called God’s children (Matthew 5:9). 

 

There is a great satisfaction in “owning” one’s opponent. Satisfaction with making the other get angry was a staple in the black community when one played the “dozens.” The loser was the one who lost his composure to the great amusement of the audience.  Sadly, this art has given away to violent confrontations.  But we don’t have to continue the escalations. 


Let us decide here and now that despite others’ hurtful words, angry diatribes, or savage rejoinders that we will receive our blessings from being peacemakers.  As Rodney King said in May 1992 after a public beating, “I just want to say – you know – can we, can we all get along?” Let’s be peacemakers and not peace takers.

 

Hebrews 12:14
New International Version

14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

 

1 Peter 4:8

King James Version

8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

 

Matthew 5:9

New International Version

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, August 2, 2022

We Go Forth And Conquer


Atticus Poetry wrote “Go forth and conquer for the world is small and you are the giant and in every step you take will make the ground shake

as it rises to meet you.”  We have never been designed to be people skulking around and afraid of our shadows.  We are children of the King, and we are to valiantly go where we have been designed to go. As children of God we share the inheritance God gave to Christ (Romans 8:16, 17) and we are made in his image.

 

In the Bible when the Lord was giving Joshua his marching order, He told Joshua that every place he put his feet would be his (Joshua 1:3). The evil one needs quiet captives who will accept their defeat, curl up in their disasters, and discourage themselves and others from doing anything to get free from their captivity.  But the Bible declares that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37).  We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and our testimony about Jesus (Revelation 12:11).  Our purpose is to allow God to use us help share the knowledge of His glory all over the world (Habakkuk 2:14)

 

We can go out powerfully, victoriously, and boldly on our assignment and the Lord promises that He will work with us and confirm His incomparable word (Mark 16:15, 16, 20). What is your assignment that you are to go forth and conquer?  Is it raising funds for the people experiencing homelessness, visiting those who are sick, providing legal advice for those who find themselves in legal trouble, or telling the world about God’s everlasting love.  In Shakespeare’s comedy, The Merry Wives of Windsor, the actor states ‘The world’s mine oyster.’  Let us go forth and conquer the world.

Romans 8:16, 17

New International Version

16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory

 

Joshua 1:3

New International Version

I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses.

 

Romans 8:37

New International Version 
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

 

Revelation 12:11

New Living Translation

11 And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

 

Habakkuk 2:14

New International Version

14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.

 

Mark 16:15, 16, 20

New International Version

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 
20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 26, 2022

 Life is a slow-moving train

 

All throughout the journey screaming young ones climb on and grow.

Some young ones come in quietly and leave soon after, surrounded by grief.


We laugh and talk and mature and every now and then, the train stops so that passengers can go to their train station. Some leave with a great deal of fear, tears, and praise; others leave unnoticed, unpraised, and unmarked.

 

Some gather lots of stuff during the trip and consider it important.

But when they leave, the stuff is left to be gathered by others.

They may use it quickly or wisely, but it soon withers away

 

Whatever we may accomplish during this trip; all our to-do lists, goals, plans, purposes, skills, and accomplishments must remain on the train when we get off to our destination. We may give little thought to our destination but as time goes on, more and more of our fellow travelers are leaving unsure of their destination.  The train stops are constant but where we go after leaving the train station remains a mystery to many on the journey.

 

People like to share their version of the purpose of the train ride, but most do not seem to care until it is close to their station to get off.  Sometimes that departure time is quick while other times it lingers, but for sure we are leaving.  

 

Some believe that this is a journey to God and that He will give a reward after you leave the train station. Others create their own ideas that calm them while they travel. However, we must remember one and only one thing; only what you do for Christ will last (Colossians 3:23-24)

 

Colossians 3:23-24

New Living Translation

23 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. 
24 Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.

 

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 20, 2022

We Shall Defeat The Giants In Our Land

Grover Levy wrote an inspiring song entitled, “Giants In The Land"  Some of the lyrics are, “He (Our God)  did not bring us out this far to take us back again. He brought us out to lead us into the promise land.  Though there be giants in the land, we will not be afraid. He brought us out to lead us into the promise land.”  Those who love the Lord will see the giants and although they may attack us, they cannot defeat us (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

 

When the children of Israel saw the giants in Promised Land, they despaired.  But one of the leaders, Caleb, boldly told his people that they could take the land (Numbers 13:30). Specifically, he said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”  Caleb did not mention the giants, the obstacles, the challenges, or the problems, he simply talked about their ability to win. He did not imply that there would not be a struggle and setbacks, but in the end, they would be victorious.

 

There are certainly giants of homelessness, climate change, diseases, pandemics, economic instability, and conflicts at home and abroad.  However, we can focus on the giants, or we can focus on the God that lives in us who is greater than everything else (1 John 4:4).  If God is for us, who or what can stand before us (Romans 8:31)?  Today, let us ignore the giants and focus on our God.  


2 Corinthians 4:8-9

New International Version

8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 

persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

 

Numbers 13:30

New International Version

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

 

1 John 4:4

New International Version

4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

 

Romans 8:31

New International Version

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?



 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 12, 2022

Let Us Choose The Lord’s Side


Kara Voght and Tim Dickinson wrote an article in the July 6, 2022, Rolling Stone Magazine entitled, “SCOTUS Justices ‘Prayed With’ Her — Then Cited Her Bosses to End Roe.” The article went on to say that “A right-wing evangelical activist was caught on tape bragging that she prayed with Supreme Court justices. The court’s majority cited a legal brief that her group filed while overturning Roe v. Wade.” In addition, leading political thinkers predict the current administration will lose control of the Congress and local state governments. 

 

Despite the highly partisan nature of current politics, the main question that should be asked is, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”  When Moses saw that the children of Israel were running wild and out of control, he said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” (Exodus 32:25, 26).  It did not matter who their families were, their political orientation, or social standing, there was only one side that was important, the Lord’s side.

 

As we make our decisions about voting, we must ask God for His wisdom in the voting booth.  The smoothest talker, the most impressive ads, or the greatest persuader may not be the right person for the job.  Today more than ever, we must seek, not man’s opinions, but God’s wisdom. He knows the future and the past and he knows who will bless the country and who will hurt it.  The nation is blessed when righteous are in charge but despair when the wicked rule (Proverbs 29:2).  Let us prayer for our current and future leaders so that we may lead peaceful lives (1 Timothy 2:1, 2).

 

Exodus 32:25, 26

New International Version

25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. 

26 So he stood at the entrance to the camp and said, “Whoever is for the Lord, come to me.” And all the Levites rallied to him.

 

Proverbs 29:2

New International Version

2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.

 

1 Timothy 2:1, 2

New International Version

1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 
2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 9, 2022

Making The Most Of Every Opportunity


To redeem something means to buy it back, to regain possession of it. Time is a gift from God, and none of us know how much of it we are allotted.”  Got Questions, suggests we should redeem or buy back our precious moments (Ephesians 5:15-17). We have a choice to redeem or waste time.  Once opportunities are gone, they are gone forever.  

It is good to know that God’s mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). The Bible tells us that man is of few days which are full of trouble (Job 14:1).  Despite all our troubles, God will be with us always (Psalm 91:15). With God, we can value the time we have on earth and seek the highest and best use of our seconds.

Who knows what is best?  Who knows whether one should invest in this person or that, this place or that, or this idea or that?  The Bible says that if you don’t know what to do, we should ask our Maker who gives us His wisdom (James 1:5).

With increasing life challenges from the pandemic and epidemics, to serendipitous shootings, and daily microaggressions, one may feel that there is little hope in planning, redeeming, or even hoping. But we can be assured that nothing will separate us from God’s love for us (Romans 8:38, 39), His directions guiding us (Psalm 119:105), and an eternal relationship with Him.  We can redeem all our time with Him.

Ephesians 5:15-17
New International Version
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.


Lamentations 3:22-23

New International Version

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

 

Job 14:1

New International Version

1 “Mortals, born of woman, are of few days and full of trouble.

 

Psalm 91:15

New International Version

15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him

 

James 1:5

New International Version

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you

 

Romans 8:38, 39

New International Version

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Psalm 119:105

New International Version

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.



 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 5, 2022

How Will You Respond To The Call For Sacrifice?


In a year where selfish acts seem to dominate the media, Bethany Hines wrote an article about a man who saved a young boy from drowning on Saturday, June 23, 2018.  She wrote, “Even though he couldn't swim, Victor Mozqueda jumped into a raging river to save a 5-year-old boy from drowning. He rescued the boy, but died in the process.”  He was risking his own life, “But Mozqueda never let go of the child.”  How many of us would be willing to lose our lives to save someone else?  

The Bible says that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for your friend (John 15:13).  Mr. Mozqueda’s sacrificial act of love was unbelievably awesome, but Jesus gave His life for the entire world (1 John 3:16). God so loved the entire world that ignored Him, mocked Him, and made idol gods to worship.  In spite of this, God gave His Son, Jesus, to deliver us from eternal damnation so that we could have eternal life (John 3:16).

Most of us will never have to lay down our natural lives for others, but how many of us will give up our precious time for others?  How many of us will go out of our way so that others can have decent meal or babysit their children so that they can see a movie in peace? How many of us will become active in civic life to champion a cause rather than complain about our political leaders? The Bible says that we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12:1).  He wants us to give our lives to Him so that He can work through us to bless the world.  

When the prophet Isaiah saw a vision of God, He heard a voice asking who will go and work for God and he agreed that he would go (Isaiah 6:8).  God is looking for those who will give their lives sacrificially for His cause to help those in need, to put others before ourselves and to allow God to use us.  Victor Mozqueda answered his call.  Will you?

John 15:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

1 John 3:16
New International Version (NIV)
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

John 3:16
New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 12:1
New International Version (KJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service

Isaiah 6:8
New International Version (NIV)
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, July 2, 2022

God Wants Us To Live


Carla K. Johnson in the June 24, 2022 Associated Press wrote an article entitled, “COVID Vaccines Saved Nearly 20 Million Lives In 1st Year, Scientists Say.”  The article went on to say that “the effort, though marred by persisting inequities, prevented deaths on an unimaginable scale, said Oliver Watson of Imperial College London, who led the new modeling study.”

Just like these vaccines were effective in preventing deaths, God sent His Son to deliver the world from sin and sickness (Colossians 2:13-14 Isaiah 53:5).  He came to deliver us from the power of evil and to allow us to become citizens of His kingdom (Colossians 1:13).  He died upon the Cross so that we might live through Him both now and into eternity.  

Although many decide not to accept His freewill offering of grace and deliverance from sin, He continues calling us to life in Him (2 Timothy 1:9).  All we must do is repent from sin, believe Him from our hearts and confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10).  We don’t even have to leave our home and get a shot since our deliverance once and for all time was at the Cross.  Let us accept His freewill offering of life.

Colossians 2:13-14

New International Version

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 

14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

 

Isaiah 53:5

New International Version

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 

Colossians 1:13

New International Version

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

 

2 Timothy 1:9

New International Version

9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

 

Romans 10:9-10

New International Version

9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, June 22, 2022

Let’s Choose God’s Way

 

John Lubbock was an English banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist, and polymath. He wrote“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”  To a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  It is difficult for a hammer to see anything from the perspective of a drill, or a hacksaw, or sandpaper.  When we think of the political upheavals worldwide between well-meaning people who think their viewpoint is correct and that their opponents need to be terminated, we need to turn to the Bible and see what God says.

No matter how one believes, there is a correct way. Many ways seem right but they end in death (Proverbs 14:12).  God wants our ways to please Him.  He says that He will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our life’s path (Psalm 119:105).  But He promises that if we choose the correct way that He will make our enemies peaceful with us (Proverbs 16:7). If we choose His way, He says it will also bring life to us and our children (Deuteronomy 30:19).

People of good will are having a hard time accepting or even understanding their political opponents.  It is hard when the arguments on all sides seem to make sense.  There is one’s own way, the world’s way, and God’s way. Ask God for wisdom so that you may choose God’s way (James 1:5).  He promises that He has a good plan for our future (Jeremiah 29:11). All things will work together for the good of those who love the Lord and who are called according to His promise (Romans 8:28).  Let us choose God’s way today.

Proverbs 14:12
New International Version

12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.

 

Psalm 119:105

New International Version

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

 

Proverbs 16:7

New International Version

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

 

Deuteronomy 30:19

New International Version

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live

 

James 1:5

New International Version

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

 

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

 

Romans 8:28

New International Version

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, June 17, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, June 17, 2022

Committed Or Merely Involved


There is a classic story of commitment involving farm animals. “A pig and a hen sharing the same barnyard heard about a church’s program to feed the hungry. The pig and the hen discussed how they could help. The hen said, “I’ve got it! We’ll provide bacon and eggs for the church to feed the hungry.” The pig thought about the suggestion and said, “There’s only thing wrong with your bacon and eggs idea. For you, it only requires a contribution, but from me, it will mean total commitment!”

How committed are we to the things of God? He loved us so much that He gave His only Son (John 3:16).  Are we only interested in involving ourselves with God when we are desperate and cornered with no way out or are we totally committed to Him?   Are we praising and worshipping God when things are going well with us or can we passionately praise Him when the judge rules against us, when the doctor just shakes his head, or when the banker tells us has been denied?

The Bible tells us that true worship means that we are to give our bodies totally to God (Romans 12:1).  We commit ourselves to allowing Him to set our priorities, plans, and purposes.  We cannot be people who love the Lord on Sundays but give the rest of the week to things that have no eternal importance.  If we have vacillating allegiances, we should expect nothing from God (James 1:6-8). Only what we do for Christ will last. When the last hymn has been sung, the last praise has been rung, and the last prayers have been prayed, we want to say that it was all for the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  

Yolanda Adams sings, “Is Your All On the Altar?”   Some of the lyrics are “Is your all on the altar of sacrifice? Is it laid? Your heart does the Spirit control? Now, you can only, you can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest after you have yielded unto the Lord your body and your soul.”  Let us give ourselves totally to Him and receive His peace and sweet rest. 

John 3:16
New International Version
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Romans 12:1

New International Version

12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

 

James 1:6-8

New International Version

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 
That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 
Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.



 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, June 6, 2022

Let’s Praise The Lord!

Russ Taff wrote the song, “Praise the Lord.”  Some of the lyrics are, “When you're up against a struggle, that shatters all your dreams and your hopes have been cruelly crushed by Satan's manifested schemes and you feel the urge within you to submit to earthly fear, don't let the faith you're standing in seem to disappear. Praise the Lord, He will work through those who praise Him.”

 

The 23rd Psalm comforts us during the trials and challenges of life.  The author writes, “The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).  If we appreciate that powerful scripture, it establishes who God is, who we are, and what He does in our life.  We can therefore thank Him, praise Him, and adore Him for who He is.  

 

When we look at the Creator of the universe and when we remember what He has brought us through, protected us from, and directed us to, we can look to Him who began our faith and increased it (Hebrews 12:2).  If there is confusion in our minds, illness in our bodies, lack in our income, or challenges in our relationships, we can still look unto the One who can do anything but fail (Luke 18:27, Ephesians 3:20-21).  

 

Some may still declare that their situation is unique and bleak or they have done so many bad things that they have no hope.  But the Bible asks a powerful question. “Is there anything too hard for God?” (Jeremiah 32:27).  The sustainer of the universe, keeper of heaven and earth, and the One who holds the past, present, and future in His hands has got your back  He has you.  Let us just praise, appreciate, and love Him who loves us thoroughly, completely, and eternally.

 

Psalm 23:1

Common English Bible

1 The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.

 

Hebrews 12:2

New International Version

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

Luke 18:27

New International Version

27 Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

 

Ephesians 3:20-21

New International Version

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 

21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Jeremiah 32:27

New International Version

27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?


 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, May 23, 2022

Pastor's Ponderings, May 23, 2022

What Does God Want For Me?


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

 

That classic passage by Marianne Williamson in her book, Return to Love, is a powerful argument against preventing our dreams from turning into reality. God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and during creation he called everything that He had made good (Genesis 1:31). He declares that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14).  He has given us everything that relates to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He says that we are the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).  Since God gave us His only Son, Jesus Christ, would he not freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?

 

Some of us have convinced ourselves that we should not be prosperous although Christ impoverished Himself so that we could be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).  Others have convinced us that we should not expect to be healed because everybody does not get healed. This is not to glorify worldly success according to the world’s standards but for the children of God to turn to Him and turn from defeatism to victory, from poverty to prosperity, and from despair to hope in the true and living God.  We may be challenged or anxious in our current circumstances, but God wants us to know that we are to be successful in all that we do. 

 

Genesis 1:27

New International Version

27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 

Genesis 1:31

New International Version

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

 

Psalm 139:14

New International Version

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

 

2 Peter 1:3

New International Version

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

Deuteronomy 28:13

New International Version

13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.

 

Romans 8:32 

New International Version

32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things.

 

2 Corinthians 8:9

New International Version

9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.