Monthly Archives: June 2018

Cleansing Power

Revelation 1:5 (NLT2) [Jesus Christ] is the faithful witness to these things, the first to rise from the dead, and the ruler of all the kings of the world. All glory to him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by shedding his blood for us. I … Continue reading

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Living in this world, for the next one

2 Corinthians 1:12 (NLT2)  We can say with confidence and a clear conscience that we have lived with a God-given holiness and sincerity in all our dealings. We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and … Continue reading

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Transformed Nonconformists

This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed nonconformists. The saving of our world from pending doom will come not from the action of a conforming majority but from the creative maladjustment of a dedicated minority. —Martin Luther King Jr. Romans 12:2 (NLT2) Don’t copy the behavior and … Continue reading

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It is your choice

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way. —Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor. Joshua 24:15 (NLT2)   But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you … Continue reading

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The Light Within

People are like stained glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out. But in the darkness, beauty is seen only if there is a light within. —Unknown 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NLT2) Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. 4 … Continue reading

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Reaching a high point

Out of my own experience at this point I wrote a few words years ago which have long been my constant prayer:  “O God, let me die right, rather than letting me live wrong. Keep me, Lord, from ever hardening down into the state of being just another average Christian. … Continue reading

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Repelling Demons

Matthew 10:1 (NLT2) 1  Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness. Demons are very cowardly, always anxious about the fire that has been prepared for them. To bolster your courage against them, take … Continue reading

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Keep moving in your faith

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NLT2) Finishing is better than starting. Patience is better than pride. Do not be afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. —Chinese Proverb Today’s Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “PATIENCE”.

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Real Hope

Romans 8:24 (NLT2) We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. Vision is the world’s most desperate need. There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly. —Winifred Newman Elesha Hodge, comp., Today’s Best Illustrations – … Continue reading

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Distorted Values

Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT2) 19  “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20  Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21  Wherever your treasure … Continue reading

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