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Calendar of Quotations from Old and New Testament -

with applications to daily living by Philip G. Roets, priest, teacher, Biblical scholar. Translations of Bible are by Phil from Hebrew (OT) and Greek (NT).


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July 1.

“The Lord judges man by the good that is in his heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7.
Each person is responsible and faith means understanding of and commitment to this responsibility.

“Look at the fields. Already they are white for the harvest.” John 4:35.
All people need the ideals of Christ but they have to see them to want them.

July 2.

“Whenever Saul was disturbed, Daniel played his harp for him and Saul grew calm.” 1 Samuel 16:23.
The peace that God offers is to be effected through the help of the people around us.

“It was I that Moses was writing about.” John 5:46.
Jesus saw himself and his life’s work as the fullness of God’ plan.

July 3.

“You are only a young boy but Goliath has been a warrior since his youth.” 1 Samuel 17:33.
Sometimes courage must take over even though prudence says there is danger.

“The people were going to force him to be king but he fled to the hills alone.” John 6:15.
How easily the people would have diverted him from his true goals.

July 4.

“I come against you in the name of the Lord of Hosts.” 1 Samuel 17:45.
The source of David’s confidence and its completeness should be an inspiration to us.

“Everyone who believes in the son may have eternal life.” John 3:16.
Faith is offered to all and leads to life that never ends.
July 5.

“Nathan said to David: You are the man.” 2 Samuel 12:7.
King and warrior though he was, David had to answer for his irresponsible actions.

“The man who lives by the truth comes out into the light.” John 3:21.
The sincere person is comfortable in the presence of God.

July 6.

“Give your servant a heart able to discern what is right to govern your people.” 1 Kings 3:9.
A beautiful and profound picture of all authority.

“Anyone who drinks the water I shall give will never thirst again.” John 4:14
The fountain lost in paradise is restored in Jesus - the living fountain.

July 7.

“There came a mighty wind, but the Lord was not in it.” 1 Kings 20:11.
God is not to be found in violence, wanton bloodshed or crime.

“My food is to do the will of him who sent me.” John 4:34.
Eagerness, conviction and zeal drove Christ in each of his actions.

July 8.

“The Lord was not in the wind, nor the earthquake, nor the fire.” 1 Kings 20:11.
Elijah, like so many leaders, had to learn that the path of serenity leads directly to happiness.

“The son can do nothing by himself.” John 5:19.
Jesus needed God, his friends, his disciples, his family, to fulfill his work.
July 9.

“Then came the whisper of the gentle breeze. The Lord was in it.” 1 Kings. 20:13.
Calm, peaceful, serence discussion and cooperation lead to effective work and success.

“Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” John 6:5.
Jesus asked his question to test the confidence of Philip.

July 10.

“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek him untiringly.” 1 Chronicles 16:11.
To seek the fulfillment promised by God demands persevering effort on our part.

“There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish .” John 6:9.
A boy and his noontime lunch - a starting point to share with others.

July 11.

“He is the Lord our god; his authority is over all the earth.” 1 Chronicles 16:14.
This consciousness of the presence of God is to give rise to confidence and security.

“Work for the bread that lasts into eternal life.” John 6:27.
Make sure your goals will last and satisfy when they are fulfilled.

July 12.

“The Lord has made the earth firm and unshakeable.” 1 Chronicles 16:30.
The more we learn of the universe, the more we realize how true this statement is.

“Let him who is without sin among you, cast the first stone.” John 8:7.
Don’t point an accusing finger until you have looked carefully in the mirror.

July 13.

“Be faithful to the Lord all your days.” Tobit 4:5.
Fidelity to the Lord means constancy in your ideals and reliability in your actions.

“They began to slink away from the oldest to the youngest.” John 8:9.
The noisy accuser is suddenly quiet when his bluff is called.

July 14.

“Measure your alms by what you have.” Tobit 4:8.
Helping others to help themselves it the most lasting of all gifts.

“Neither do I accuse you. Go and sin no more.” John 8:11.
Jesus forgave, counseled sincerity and sent the woman on her way.
July 15.

“Alms are a most effective offering if they are given in the presence of God.” Tobit 4:11.
Helping others must be the outgrowth of sensitivity, generosity and sincerity.

“Can anyone of you convict me of sin.” John 8:46.
Only courageous innocence could ask this questions of enemies.

July 16.

“False pride brings ruin and much worry.” Tobit 4:14.
Self-esteem is the necessary foundation of all personal value but vanity destroys all value.

“Do you wish to become his disciples too?” John 9:28.
A naive but sincere question that exposed the anger of the hypocrites.

July 17.

“Idleness causes want and poverty.” Tobit 4:14.
Rest and recreation are necessary to rebuild strength. But empty inactivity is self-destructive.

“I have come that all may have life to the full.” John 10:10.
The full, rewarding, satisfying life is the object of all of Christ’s teaching.

July 18.

“The cause of famine is idleness.” Tobit 4:14.
Wasteful misuse of time always brings harm to the idler and anyone dependent on him.

“The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63.
Understand what Jesus says and his spirit and life are yours.

July 19.

“Do not delay the wages of him who works for you. Pay promptly.” Tobit 4:15.
Nothing is quite so frustrating as to do the work and receive only a promise.

“I am the light of the world.” John 8:12.
Jesus was convinced that his answers would be the basis of all answers.
July 20.

“When you give alms, do so generously and cheerfully.” Tobit 4:17.
The truly needy person is often helped more by the spirit of the giver than by alms.

“Anyone who follows me will not walk in the dark.” John 8:12.
Not merely a light at the end of the tunnel, but a brilliant star that serves as a goal.

July 21.

“Ask advice of the wise person and do not ignore profitable advice.” Tobit 4:18.
Ask.. listen.. act: all are necessary. Some ask but don't listen; some listen but do not act.

“The truth will set you free.” John 8:32.
Christian freedom is the ability to set goals and reach them.

July 22.

“May it make me happy to honor all the days of my life.” Tobit 10:13.
If you want honor and respect from others, you must be honorable and respectable.

“I went, I washed and I can see.” John 9:12.
A simple, but powerful, description of the work of Jesus.

July 23.

“Everyone should reveal the works of God and thank him properly.” Tobit 12:7.
The works of God are: wisdom, love, cooperation, courage and constancy.

“He has opened my eyes and yet you do not know where he comes from!” John 9:30.
Note the penetrating truth of the sincere follower of Jesus.
July 24.

“Only a fool spurns wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:17.
Wisdom imparts knowledge and discipline is self-mastery.

“I am the good shepherd. I know mine and mine know me.” John 10:14.
Mutual knowledge, understanding, respect are essential to human life.

July 25.

“The teachings of your mother will make a graceful crown for your head.” Proverbs 1:9.
Next to self-knowledge, the most penetrating insight is the knowledge of a concerned parent.

“The shepherd of the flock enters the fold through the gate.” John 10:2.
The shepherd is always out in front, leading, calling and helping his flock.

July 26.

“In vain the net is spread for the alert bird.” Proverbs 1:17.
Listen carefully to other people but always weigh carefully what you hear.

“One by one the shepherd calls his sheep and leads them out.” John 10:2.
The self-worth of each individual is a pivotal point in Christian teaching.

July 27.

“When wisdom enters the heart, produce will be your guardian.” Proverbs 2:10-11.
Wisdom brings you the ideas of others: Produce makes sure you judge carefully.

“The sheep follow the shepherd because they recognize his voice.” John 10:4.
Christian leaders must know how and respect each individual as a person.

July 28.

“If you truly enjoy knowledge, wise judgments will be your harvest.” Proverbs 2:10-11.
The more you acquire true knowledge, the more you are equipped to judge wisely.

“I am the gate of the sheep fold.” John 10:7.
Jesus is the model human being whom all can follow and imitate.

July 29.

“The principles of wisdom give length of days, long life and great happiness.” Proverbs 3:22.
Self-fulfillment and inner content are evidence of a wise person.

“There is only one flock and one shepherd.” John 10:16.
All nations, one human community, is the goal of the plan of Christ.

July 30.

“The kindly loyal person enjoys the favor of God and man.” Proverbs 3:2.
Kindness and loyalty form a seal that assures the good will of all people.

“The sheep that are mine listen to my voice.” John 10:27.
To listen to Christ is to understand, take a firm stand, and live accordingly.

July 31.

“By wisdom the foundations of the earth are firmly set.” Proverbs 3:19.
Today, stop and notice the beauty and orderliness of the world in which you live.

“Lord, a person you love is sick.” John 11:3.
It was enough to simply announce the fact to Christ and he would follow it up.

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