My name is Timothy Utton and this website is my way of encouraging people in their faith.  One main way that is found on this website is through  a podcast called the Weekday Boost.  This podcast is meant to be a shot in the arm of encouragement throughout the work week.  I use a mix of devotional and inspirational materials through New Testament readings, spoken hymns, encouraging stories and prayer in under 10 minutes!  
In fact, there are some new changes for our second year of podcasts:

  • As there are 260 chapters in the New Testament and close to 260 Weekdays in the year, we will continue to read aprox. 1 chapter a day, starting at Matthew 1.
  • We will be reading from one translation, the Open English Bible as it is public domain and I can post the scripture in full on the website. 
  • Every Day of the Week will have a different focus.   

I pray that you are blessed through this work!

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Weekday Boost January 18  Podcast

New Testament:  Matthew 9:18-38

 18 While Jesus was saying this, a synagogue leader came up and bowed to the ground before him. “My daughter,” he said, “has just died; but come and place your hand on her, and she will be restored to life.” 19 So Jesus rose and followed him, and his disciples went also. 20 But meanwhile a woman, who had been suffering from hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind and touched the tassel of his cloak. 21“If I only touch his cloak,” she said to herself, “I will get well.” 22 Turning and seeing her, Jesus said, “Courage, daughter! Your faith has delivered you.” And at that very moment she became well. 23 When Jesus reached the leader’s house, seeing the flute players, and a number of people all in confusion, 24 he said, “Go away, the little girl is not dead; she is asleep.” They began to laugh at him; 2 5but, when the people had been sent out, Jesus went in, and took the little girl’s hand, and she rose. 26 The report of this spread through all that part of the country. 
 27 As Jesus was passing on from there, he was followed by two blind men, who kept calling out, “Take pity on us, Son of David!” 28 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came up to him; and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Master!” they answered. 29 Then he touched their eyes, and said, “It will be according to your faith.” 30 Then their eyes were opened. Jesus sternly cautioned them. “See that no one knows of it,” he said. 31 But the men went out, and spread the news about him through all that part of the country. 32 Just as they were going out, some people brought up to Jesus a dumb man who was possessed by a demon; 33 and, as soon as the demon had been driven out, the dumb man spoke. The people were astonished at this, and exclaimed, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel!” 34 But the Pharisees said, “He drives out the demons by the help of the chief of the demons.” 
 35 Jesus went around all the towns and the villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. 36 But, when he saw the crowds, his heart was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and harassed, like sheep without a shepherd; 37 and he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray to the owner of the harvest to send laborers to gather in his harvest.”


World News Wednesday Story: IRAQI MUSLIM BUILDS CROSS AFTER ORIGINAL IS DESTROYED BY ISIS

Hymn for the Day: Where cross the crowded ways of life  Author: Frank Mason North (1905)

1 Where cross the crowded ways of life, 
where sound the cries of race and clan, 
above the noise of selfish strife, 
we hear your voice, O Son of Man. 

2 In haunts of wretchedness and need, 
on shadowed thresholds fraught with fears, 
from paths where hide the lures of greed, 
we catch the vision of your tears. 

3 From tender childhood's helplessness, 
from human grief and burdened toil, 
from famished souls, from sorrow's stress, 
your heart has never known recoil. 

4 The cup of water given for you 
still holds the freshness of your grace; 
yet long these multitudes to view 
the sweet compassion of your face. 

5 O Master, from the mountainside, 
make haste to heal these hearts of pain; 
among these restless throngs abide; 
O tread the city's streets again; 

6 Till all the world shall learn your love, 
and follow where your feet have trod; 
till glorious from your heaven above 
shall come the city of our God.

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