Monthly Archives: June 2011

The Apostle Paul’s struggle with sin…

 14 So the trouble is not with the law, for it is spiritual and good. The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15 I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.

16 But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good. 17So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

New Living Translation – bold face added by me


Prayer from the Psalms

Let my cry come before You God,
in keeping with Your Word, give me understanding.
Let my prayer come before You,
in keeping with Your promise, rescue me.
Let my lips speak praise,
because You teach me Your laws.
Let my tongue sing of Your promise,
because all Your laws are righteous.
Let Your hand be ready to help me,
because I chose Your precept.
I long for Your deliverance God,
and Your law is my delight.
~Psalm 110:169-174

Ancient Franciscan Prayer

May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, hard hearts, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live from deep within your heart where God’s Spirit dwells.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and turn their pain in to joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world and in your neighborhood, so that you will courageously try what you don’t think you can do, but in Jesus Christ you’ll have the strenth necessary to do.

May God bless you so that you remember we are all called to continue God’s redemptive work of love and healing in God’s place, in and through God’s name, in God’s Spirit, continually creating and breathing new life and grace into everything and everyone we touch.

Daily Dozen

by Dee Duke

1) Read the Bible

2) Tell God you love Him

3) Set your mind on Heaven

4) Pick up your cross

5) Examine your life/confess your sins

6) Pray for the lost (7 for heaven)

7) Ask God to meet your needs

8 ) Ask God to protect you from Satan

9) Ask God to give you His strength from the Holy Spirit

10) Ask God for wisdom (knowing exactly what to say or do in any circumstance)

11) Positively declare your faith statements (I believe…)

12) Read your specific commitments (I will…)

7 Basic Disciplines of a Christian Life

The following was from a sermon by Dee Duke, Jefferson Baptist Church on how to be a blessed person by practicing the following disciplines…

1) Bible Reading/Scripture Memorization

2) Prayer

3) Fellowship (Gather)

4) Worship

5) Seeking Wisdom

6) Confession of sin (Self-Examination)

7) Giving (money)