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Quotes - "Live Simply"

Quotes – “Live Simply” (Photo credit: Feed My Starving Children (FMSC))

 

 

 

 

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It makes me feel so blessed to read Isaiah 55:1-9 where all are welcome to the blessings of God. Today, as we are all so concerned about how much things cost, this verse reminds me that the gifts offered to us are such as no price can be set upon. The things offered are already paid for.  At least for me, it seems like my wants are beyond number, but after I receive something, it often doesn’t fill the void.  I hope that I can let the disappointments I meet with in the world, help to drive me to God and the happiness that he has offered me!

 

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Psalm 107:1-3, 33-43

 

Isaiah 55:1-9

 

Mark 8:1-10

 

Psalm 107

 

1O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

2Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, those he redeemed from trouble

 

3and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

 

33He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty ground,

 

34a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.

 

35He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.

 

36And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to live in;

 

37they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.

 

38By his blessing they multiply greatly, and he does not let their cattle decrease.

 

39When they are diminished and brought low through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,

 

40he pours contempt on princes and makes them wander in trackless wastes;

 

41but he raises up the needy out of distress, and makes their families like flocks.

 

42The upright see it and are glad; and all wickedness stops its mouth.

 

43Let those who are wise give heed to these things, and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

 

Isaiah 55:1-9

 

55Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 3Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 4See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.

 

6Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 7let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 9For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 

Mark 8:1-10

 

8In those days when there was again a great crowd without anything to eat, he called his disciples and said to them, 2“I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. 3If I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way—and some of them have come from a great distance.” 4His disciples replied, “How can one feed these people with bread here in the desert?” 5He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6Then he ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves, and after giving thanks he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute; and they distributed them to the crowd. 7They had also a few small fish; and after blessing them, he ordered that these too should be distributed. 8They ate and were filled; and they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9Now there were about four thousand people. And he sent them away. 10And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the district of Dalmanutha.

 


 

The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

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