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 "Having God in Your Life Improves the Quality of Your Life" - Rev Daniel Hodlin


Spiritual Life Church
Rev. Daniel Hodlin  
Ordained Minister

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Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive those our debtors. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen

Children's Bedtime Prayer
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. 
My angel watches me through the night, and wakes me with the morning light.
                                                                                   by Rev. Daniel Hodlin

“The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.”   Psalm118.14

A New Day
Consider reading your Bible and offering a prayer each morning before you start your day in the world. Prepare your spiritual self with as much care as you prepare your physical self. Take the time early, before the demands and distractions of the day close in. Go out filled with the strength of the Lord.

"Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved" Acts 2:21.
The word saved means "delivered from your life without God to a brand new life with God."
You can say to Jesus right now, "Lord Jesus, I accept you as my savor and I trust you to save me and to bring me into a relationship with God."
Christ will forgive your sins and empower you to live a better life.

Some of my favorite Poetry for the Spirit

Reading Your Bible
People like to quote the Bible. More accurately, they quote the bits and pieces that appeal to them, or that suit the moment or, unfortunately, their own purpose or agenda. Often, a phrase or passage is taken out of the real context of its words or history. This can -- and often does -- change its meaning, sometimes radically.

Do you own a Bible? If you do, do you read it? Or do you take other peoples’ word for what it says? Isn’t it time to read and study the Holy Bible yourself?

You’ll want to choose a Bible you feel good about. It should be a version you can understand. You should be able to read the print easily. It should also feel good to your hands, a book you like to carry, to read, to keep next to your chair or bedside. You might even want more than one, perhaps a study Bible, to help you understand the times and language in which the Holy Bible was written; and a smaller Bible to carry with you, to church, to work, when you travel.

Read the Preface in the front, or the Notes to the Reader. These will tell you the background of the Bible version you hold in your hands. Look at the list of abbreviations and measurements, the maps, the Table of Contents.

Now, dive in! There is no right or wrong way to read the Holy Bible. You might want to start at the beginning and read to the end. You might want to start with the Books that are easier to read and to understand. You might even be drawn to the Book or verses God wants you to read right now—don’t worry, you’ll know when it happens, you won’t be able to get the idea out of your mind!

Of course, you’ll want to re-visit familiar passages, the old favorites – you might even be surprised by the actually words -- but don’t stop there. There are wonderful nuggets of wisdom, and humor and beauty between the covers of your Bible. Explore its pages. Read the passages more than once. Often, a passage becomes more and more clear as you study and meditate on it.

Read the fine print of the explanations, usually found at the bottom of each page. Bookmark the pages that have a special meaning for you. Underline the passages that strike your heart of hearts. Use a highlighter. There’s nothing sadder than a book that looks new, as if no one reads it, consults it or loves its words and the messages they bring. God doesn’t mind if you mark your Bible, if it means you truly want to understand the Word.

Finally, it really doesn’t matter what the so-called “experts” say. After all, they’re human, too, and prone to errors and bias. What’s really important is discovering what the Holy Bible says to you. Open your heart and soul and mind and spirit to the Word of God. You will be rewarded beyond imagining!

To get you started:  The Guide to Bible Versions

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