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. 1651
    Janice Lowery from Springville, AL says:

    1 Timothy 1:8 HCSB
    So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God.

  2. 1652
    Jennifer says:

    Jennifer from Rockwall, TX
    When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
    Proverbs 10:19 (NIV)

  3. 1653
    Susanne Buckley says:

    I commit to hiding in my heart 2nd Timothy 2:15 from the NET:
    Make every effort to present yourself before God as a proven worker who does not need to be ashamed teaching the message of Truth accurately.

  4. 1654
    Gretchen Heilmann says:

    Gretchen, Gahanna Ohio
    Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
    2 Corinthians 4:2 NIV

  5. 1655
    Apryl says:

    Apryl from Raleigh, NC

    “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a

    thankful heart.”

    Colossians 4:2 (NLT)

  6. 1656
    Heather Morgan says:

    Heather Morgan from Waxahachie, TX

    Matthew 11:28-30 NLT
    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

  7. 1657
    Rebecca Gemes says:

    Becca from Columbus, GA
    There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
    Romans 8:1-6

  8. 1658
    Sharon Lee says:

    Sharon Lee, Riverside, Ca.

    An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
    Proverbs 12:25 NIV

  9. 1659
    Judy says:

    Judy, Virginia
    “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
    1 Peter 4:10 NIV

  10. 1660
    sally says:

    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5 ESV

  11. 1661
    Peggy says:

    Peggy from Santa Ana, CA:
    And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34 NAS

  12. 1662
    Kay says:

    Kay … WV
    Trust in the Lord and do good,
    Dwell in tbe land and befriend faithfulness.Psalm 37:3 (NASB)

  13. 1663
    Sherry Yost says:

    Sherry~ Layton UT
    Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

  14. 1664
    Ann Basile says:

    Ann Basile from Lilburn, Ga
    “Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths . . . ”

    Psalm 25:4

  15. 1665
    Jeanne Adams says:

    So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Col. 3:12,13 NASB

  16. 1666
    Joann Keller says:

    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)

  17. 1667
    Kat Teeple says:

    Kat Teeple from Ossian, Indiana
    We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20

  18. 1668
    Lavan says:

    Lavan from Denver CO

    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

    Phil 4:8 ESV

  19. 1669
    Hillary Mancuso says:

    Hillary, Ft worth, TX
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of HIS might”
    Ephesians 6:10 NASB

  20. 1670
    Tina Crouch says:

    Tina Crouch
    Waxahachie, Texas

    Psalms 32:9 – NLT

    Do not be like a senseless horse or mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.

  21. 1671
    Erika Young says:

    Erika Young, Mechanicsville, VA
    Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your Your paths.
    Psalm 24:4 (HCSB)

  22. 1672
    Donna Keller says:

    Donna Keller from Krugerville, TX

    But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.

    ~ Matthew 6:33 NKJV

  23. 1673
    Dina Emery says:

    Dina/Grand Rapids MI
    ““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

  24. 1674
    Susan says:

    Susan from VA

    “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23

  25. 1675
    Carol Beachy says:

    “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

  26. 1676
    Mindy says:

    Mindy from Granger, IN

    John 14:17(NIV)

    17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

  27. 1677
    Bonnie Slawinski says:

    And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16 NIV

  28. 1678
    Darcy Hendricks says:

    Darcy from Parker, CO

    “However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.”

    Ephesians 4:7-8 NLT

  29. 1679
    Diane Morgan says:

    Diane Morgan, Mesa, Arizona
    “The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.”
    Psalm 103:8 NASB

  30. 1680
    Denise Smith says:

    Denise, Greer, SC: So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
    2 Corinthians 4:16, ESV

  31. 1681
    Mary Saul says:

    Mary Saul
    Houston, TX
    Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6 HCSB

  32. 1682
    Denise D says:

    Denise D Gilroy, CA

    Finally brothers and 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.

    Philippians 4:8 NIV

  33. 1683
    Tracy Leary says:

    Tracy L. Richlands, NC

    “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding so that we may know the true One. We are in the true One — that is, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.”
    ‭‭1 John‬ ‭5:20‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

  34. 1684
    Amanda Grasza says:

    Amanda Grasza, Calgary, AB

    “For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
    and streams on the dry ground;
    I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
    and my blessing on your descendants.”
    Isaiah 44:3 ESV

  35. 1685
    Carolyn Campbell says:

    Carolyn, Chicago

    You will find me when you seek me if your love for me in in earnest.

    Jeremiah 29:15 The Living Bible Paraphrased

  36. 1686
    Elizabeth Burns says:

    Liz Burns, Brattleboro VT “Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples.” Is. 55:4 ESV

  37. 1687
    Yvette says:

    Yvette Smith from Clarkston: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery…Galatians 5:1

  38. 1688
    Kelly says:

    Kelly, Missouri City, TX: ” The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked , but the prayer of the upright pleases Him.” Proverbs 15:8ESV

  39. 1689
    Nancy Thomas says:

    Nancy T from Birmingham, AL

    If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NIV

  40. 1690
    Elizabeth Rice says:

    Elizabeth from Falls Church, VA

    “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

  41. 1691
    Lori Maddox says:

    Lori Maddox of Bushnell FL: “So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me His prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This has now been made evident through the apprearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 2 Timothy 1:8-10 HCSB

  42. 1692
    Tracy says:

    Blessed are the meek,
    For they shall inherit the earth.

  43. 1693
    Dorelle Hogan says:

    Dorelle Hogan, Hot Springs, AR, “My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is more me forever.” Psalm 73:26

  44. 1694
    Jonae Grinage says:

    Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 NIV

  45. 1695
    Mary McGuire says:

    “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
    ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭ESV‬‬

  46. 1696
    Georgia says:

    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

  47. 1697
    Barbi Mader says:

    Barbi Mader,Post Falls, Idaho. May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV

  48. 1698
    Pam says:

    Pam from Grove, Oklahoma. “For your Maker is your husband–the Lord Almighty is His name–the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer ; He is called the God of all the earth.” Is. 54:5

  49. 1699
    Jenny C from Charlotte says:

    Romans 12:4 ESV

    For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,

  50. 1700
    Cheryl says:

    Cheryl from Phoenixville, PA. Jesus said, You know the way to the place where I am going. Thomas said, Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way? John 14:4,5 NIV

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