Extracted from Psalms Chapter 103:

 

1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy name;

2 bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all his acts of kindness.

 

3 He forgives all your offences, cures all your diseases,

4 he redeems your life from the abyss, crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;

5 he contents you with good things all your life, renews your youth like an eagle's.

6 Yahweh acts with uprightness, with justice to all who are oppressed;

7 he revealed to Moses his ways, his great deeds to the children of Israel.

8 Yahweh is tenderness and pity, slow to anger and rich in faithful love;

 

9 his indignation does not last for ever, nor his resentment remain for all time;

 

10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve, nor repay us as befits our offences.

 

11 As the height of heaven above earth, so strong is his faithful love for those who fear him.

 

12 As the distance of east from west, so far from us does he put our faults.

 

13 As tenderly as a father treats his children, so Yahweh treats those who fear him;

 

14 he knows of what we are made, he remembers that we are dust.

 

15 As for a human person - his days are like grass, he blooms like the wild flowers;

 

16 as soon as the wind blows he is gone, never to be seen there again.

 

17 But Yahweh's faithful love for those who fear him is from eternity and for ever; and his saving justice to their children's children;

 

18 as long as they keep his covenant, and carefully obey his precepts.

 

19 Yahweh has fixed his throne in heaven, his sovereign power rules over all.

 

20 Bless Yahweh, all his angels, mighty warriors who fulfil his commands, attentive to the sound of his words.

 

21 Bless Yahweh, all his armies, servants who fulfil his wishes.

 

22 Bless Yahweh, all his works, in every place where he rules. Bless Yahweh, my soul.

Extracted from Deuteronomy, Chapter 30:†

 

15 'Look, today I am offering you life and prosperity, death and disaster.

 

16 If you obey the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am laying down for you today, if you love Yahweh your God and follow his ways, if you keep his commandments, his laws and his customs, you will live and grow numerous, and Yahweh your God will bless you in the country which you are about to enter and make your own.

 

17 But if your heart turns away, if you refuse to listenÖ

 

18 I tell you today, you will most certainly perish; you will not live for long in the country which you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

 

19 Today, I call heaven and earth to witness against you: I am offering you life or death, blessing or curse. Choose life, then, so that you and your descendants may live,†††

 

 

Jesus said, ĎDo not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still, and trust in me.

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Do not be afraid, for I am with you;

Stop being anxious and watchful, for I am your God,

I give you strength, I bring you help,

I uphold you with my victorious right hand.† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††(Isaiah 41: 10)

 

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Have the book of this Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night,

 

so that you may carefully keep everything that is written in it.

 

Then you will prosper in your dealings, then you will have success.† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††(Joshua 1 : 8)

 

 

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You are Precious to God, He cares for you, so Donít Worry, Be Happy

- Extracted from Luke, Chapter 12:

 

22 Then he (Jesus) said to his disciples, 'That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it.

23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

 

24 Think of the ravens. They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouses and no barns; yet God feeds them. And how much more you are worth than the birds!

25 Can any of you, however much you worry, add a single cubit to your span of life?

26 If a very small thing is beyond your powers, why worry about the rest?

 

27 Think how the flowers grow; they never have to spin or weave; yet, I assure you, not even Solomon in all his royal robes was clothed like one of them.

28 Now if that is how God clothes a flower which is growing wild today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he look after you, who have so little faith!

 

29 But you must not set your hearts on things to eat and things to drink; nor must you worry.

30 It is the gentiles of this world who set their hearts on all these things. Your Father well knows you need them.

31 No; set your hearts on his kingdom, and these other things will be given you as well.

32 'There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.

 

Set your hearts on his Kingdom first, and on his righteousness, and all these other things will be given you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.†††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††(Matthew 6 : 33-34)††

 

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Then he (Jesus) said to them, ĎWatch, and be on your guard against avarice of any kind, for a manís life is not made secure by what he owns, even he has more than he needsí.

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Can you not buy five sparrows for two pennies? And yet not one is forgotten in Godís sight. Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††(Luke 12: 6-7)

 

 

The 10 Commandments, Extracted from Exodus, Chapter 20:

 

1 Then God spoke all these words. He said,

 

2 'I am Yahweh your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you lived as slaves.

 

3 'You shall have no other gods to rival me.

 

4 'You shall not make yourself a carved image or any likeness of anything in heaven above or on earth beneath or in the waters under the earth.

 

5 'You shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, Yahweh your God, am a jealous God and I punish a parent's fault in the children, the grandchildren, and the great-grandchildren among those who hate me;

 

6 but I act with faithful love towards thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 

7 'You shall not misuse the name of Yahweh your God, for Yahweh will not leave unpunished anyone who misuses his name.

 

8 'Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

 

9 For six days you shall labour and do all your work,

 

10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath for Yahweh your God. You shall do no work that day - you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns.

 

11 For in six days Yahweh made the heavens, earth and sea and all that these contain, but on the seventh day he rested; that is why Yahweh has blessed the Sabbath day and made it sacred.

 

12 'Honour your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land that Yahweh your God is giving you.

 

13 'You shall not kill.

 

14 'You shall not commit adultery.

 

15 'You shall not steal.

 

16 'You shall not give false evidence against your neighbour.

 

17 'You shall not set your heart on your neighbour's house. You shall not set your heart on your neighbour's spouse, or servant, man or woman, or ox, or donkey, or any of your neighbour's possessions.'