Monthly Archives: May 2018

Be Still

Men are the sum of the decisions they make.—Patrick M. Morley Psalm 46:10 (NLT2)  “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” , Today’s Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch … Continue reading

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Putting God First

Eternal Father of my soul, let my first thought today be of You, let my first impulse be to worship You, let my first speech be Your name, let my first action be to kneel in prayer. Amen. —John Baillie Isaiah 26:9 (NLT2) All night long I search for you; … Continue reading

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Not a private matter

Romans 1:16 (NLT2) For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. “Christianity is unquestionably a personal experience. It is also unquestionably not a private experience.”—William Barclay Today’s Best Illustrations … Continue reading

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Awesome is our God

Psalm 145:3-5 (NLT2) 3  Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. 4  Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. 5  I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles. Why … Continue reading

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Spare time?

Where did we come up with this concept of “spare time,” anyway? Is there any time for which we aren’t accountable to God? Is there any time during which God doesn’t care what you are doing? No Christian has ever had spare time. You may have spare time from labor … Continue reading

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Bearing & Sharing the Cross

Jesus has many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who bear his cross. Many want consolation, but few desire adversity. Many are eager to share Jesus’ table, but few will join him in fasting. — Thomas à Kempis 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NLT2) 3  All praise to God, the Father … Continue reading

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Victory Prayer

Day by day, dear God, of you three things we pray: to see you more clearly, love you more dearly, follow you more nearly, day by day. Amen.  —Chichester, Richard of, (c. 1197-1253 1 Corinthians 15:57 (NLT2)  But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our … Continue reading

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The Final Reward

Matthew 5:11-12 (NLT2) 11  “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12  Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, … Continue reading

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He will give you rest

“Lord Jesus, make my heart sit down.”—African proverb Matthew 11:29 (NLT2)  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. Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, … Continue reading

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He came down to bring us up

The work of God in redemption is to restore this inverted order: to put God up and man down, in order that He might put man up. Now in order that He might do that, God came down—as far down as He could get. — A. W. Tozer Philippians 2:6-7 … Continue reading

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