SSMT 2017: Verse 4!




OK, my beloveds! It’s time for verse 4! Since I’m whittling my way through the one-chapter Book of Philemon and the individual verses don’t stand alone as well, I’ve been giving you an alternative verse as an option for those looking for ideas. This one, however, is so good that it serves perfectly. By all means, share it if you like!

Beth Moore from Houston, Texas: I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,” Philemon 4 ESV

You are a tremendous joy to me and, just in case you don’t feel like this to a whole lot of people: you a very, VERY big deal to all 14 of us at LPM.

With much affection,



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  1. 1
    Donna says:

    Donna from Beavercreek, Ohio
    From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Rev 4:5 (NIV)

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    Alyssa K Mochen says:

    Alyssa K Mochen
    Rio Rancho, NM
    No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
    Hebrews 12:11 NIV

  3. 3
    Leah Pease says:

    Leah, Kansas City, MO

    Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

    Ephesians 6:13(NIV)

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    Carley McCracken says:

    Carley McCracken from Hereford, Texas: “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” – 2 Timothy 2:22 ESV

  5. 5
    Amanda Gozur says:

    “For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” Deuteronomy 20:4 (NLT)

  6. 6
    Michelle Vasquez says:

    Michelle V, Hewitt, TX

    But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.

    1 Peter 1:15 NLT

  7. 7
    Shelley Edwards says:

    Shelley Edwards from Fairfax, Virginia: “And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.” Luke 5:11 KJV

  8. 8
    Lorraine says:

    Lorraine, Marysville, WA

    May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thes 3:5 NIV

  9. 9

    Amanda Porter. Kansas City, MO. “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”‭ -John 13:35 (ESV‬)

  10. 10
    Lora says:

    Lora Leftwich, Indian Land SC-

    …to COMFORT all who mourn; to GRANT to those who mourn in Zion- to GIVE them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,…
    Isaiah 61:2-3

  11. 11
    Susie says:

    Susie from Northville, MI
    and he began to teach them. He said:
    Matthew 5:2 NIV

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    Lisa Younce says:

    Lisa, McKinney,TX “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  13. 13
    Emily says:

    Emily from Cincinnati – Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40, NIV

  14. 14
    Peggy Miles says:

    Peggy Miles from Jackson, MI:

    10) And, “You, Lord, in the beginning did lay the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;
    11) They will perish, but You remain; and they all will become old as a garment,
    12) And as a mantle You will roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not come to an end.” Hebrews 1:10-12 (NASB)

  15. 15
    Jennifer Millican says:

    I commit! Jennifer Millican from Spring, Texas: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 NASB

  16. 16
    Debbie says:

    Debbie McElroy from Zachary, LA “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises” Psalm 98:4 (ESV)

  17. 17
    Yvonne Gearing says:

    Yvonne Gearing- Kingman, AZ
    Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

  18. 18
    WendyC says:

    WendyC – Cheyenne, WY.

    I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
    Psalm 62:1 NLT

  19. 19
    Fuzzytop says:

    Jasper, TN

    “Therefore, since we have this ministry because we were shown mercy, we do not give up.”

    2 Corinthians 4:1 HCSB

  20. 20
    Suzanne in RI says:

    Suzanne Bailey, Harrisville, RI
    “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
    Matthew 5:5-6 ESV

  21. 21
    Latisha Davis says:

    Latisha, San Antonion, TX 2 Corinthians 10:4-6(ESV)

    4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, 6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

  22. 22
    Marilyn DeCoursey says:

    Marilyn from Rochester Hills, MI

    “Therefore, put on the whole armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

  23. 23
    Tracey Knight says:

    Tracey Knight ~ Arkadelphia AR
    “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

  24. 24
    Hallie Klecker says:

    Hallie Klecker from Middleton, Wisconsin: “It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26 ESV

  25. 25
    Becky Burns says:

    The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to Godʼs law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
    Romans 8:7‭-‬8 NIV

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    Carolyn Stutz says:

    Carolyn Stutz, Dover, Ohio

    “You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed.”
    Psalm 119:4 NIV

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    Ruth Malinowski says:

    Ruth Kitchener, ON

    There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
    Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

    Psalm 19:3,4

  28. 28
    Diana says:

    Diana, North Attleboro, MA
    The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
    Proverbs 29:25 HCSB

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    Christy says:

    Christy – Knoxville, TN
    “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”
    Matthew 7:11

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    Rhonda Jackson says:

    Rhonda Jackson from Godfrey, Illinois: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; Ephesians 3:16 KJV

  31. 31
    Kali says:

    Kali LaPrade, Tyler, Texas: “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8: 7-8 NIV

  32. 32
    Karlys says:

    Karlys Fortner, LaPlace, LA
    Therefore, take up the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
    Ephesians 6: 13 ESV

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    Jamie Wellman says:

    Jamie Wellman from Grandview, MO

    “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.”

    James 1:23-24 NASB

  34. 34
    Tammy says:

    Tammy Gabbard from Livingston, KY: O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. ~Psalm 34:3 KJV~

  35. 35
    Misty says:

    Misty from Aubrey, TX
    James 4:7-8 ESV
    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

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    Christy Pond says:

    Christy, Conifer, Colorado

    In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your own blood.

    Hebrews 12:4 NIV1984

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    Kristen Johnstone says:

    Kristen Johnstone, Boulder, CO: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 ESV

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    Amanda J Love says:

    Amanda Love, Columbus Ohio ~ “Finally brothers & sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable ~ If anything is excellent or praiseworthy ~ think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from Me, or seen IN Me, put into practice & the God of Peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9, NIV)

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    Carol Bowden says:

    Carol B., Conyers, GA. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

  40. 40
    Mimi Foster says:

    Mimi Foster from Chickasaw, Alabama

    Show me your ways, O Lord,
    teach me your paths;

    Psalm 25:4 NIV 🙂

  41. 41
    Freida Peel says:

    Freida, Chatham, La “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NIV

  42. 42
    Birdie Cutair says:

    Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
    Come to me all you who labor and are havy laden and I will give you rest.

  43. 43
    Tracy says:

    Tracy from Spring, TX:

    Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.

    Phil. 2:3 NIV

  44. 44
    Deena says:

    Deena in St Louis
    The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.
    Proverbs 29:25 HCSB

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    Kristy Wright says:

    Kristy, Cottage Grove, MN: And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26 NLT

  46. 46
    Erin Grace from Mobile, AL says:

    “He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
    ‭‭2 Chronicles‬ ‭20:15‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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    Michelle C. says:

    The words “it was credited to him” were not written for him alone,

    Romans 4:23 (NIV)

  48. 48
    Pamela Shaw says:

    Pamela Shaw, Bangor, Northern Ireland.
    ‘One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.’ (Ps 27:4 NIVUK)

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    Vicki Reeves says:

    Vicki Reeves, Corpus Christi, Texas
    As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord!
    Joshua 24:15B NKJV

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    Teresa says:

    Teresa-Walla Walla “I trust in you, my God! Do not let me be disgraced, or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.” Psalm 25:2 NLT

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