Peaceful, easy feeling

"Peacemaking is an action that springs out of an attitude." —Fred Smith

Proverbs 12:20 (NLT)  Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "PEACEMAKERS".

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A New Start

2nd Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

"Becoming a Christian is not making a new start in life; it is receiving a new life to start with." —Anonymous,
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Contentment

Philippians 4:11 (NLT) Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

"Surely the higher ambition is entering into the deeper possession of what we already have rather than going out to acquire something new." —Richard Nelson Bolles
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It’s not $ in the bank that counts; it’s God in your heart that matters

Luke 12:15 (NLT)   Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.”

Material affluence in no respect lessens my need to rely on God. Actually, it increases it. I am in greater spiritual danger when I have plenty than when I have nothing. Hence the almost greater need of the wealthy to cry to God for mercy that they may not fail to trust him. —C. Stacey Woods
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Peace in Your Heart

"Have peace in your heart, and thousands will be saved around you."—Seraphim of Sarov

Romans 14:17 (NLT)  For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "PEACE".

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The 11th Commandment

Proverbs 20:1 (NLT) Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise.

As a Cub Scouts chaplain, I close each meeting with vespers. One night I asked the boys what some of God's commandments were. Many correct answers were shouted out before a voice called from the back: "Don't drink and drive."—James W. Isenberg, Shelbyville, Kentucky.

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A Disappointing Culture

Proverbs 10:28 (NLT) The hopes of the godly result in happiness, but the expectations of the wicked come to nothing.

"The main emotion of the adult American who has had all the advantages of wealth, education, and culture is disappointment." —John Cheever
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Whatever it is–give it to God

There are days when we can bring before God a deep and glad laughter of joy and gratitude. There will be other days when we can only muster a bitter, angry complaint. If it is honest, be confident that God will accept whatever it is we truly have to lift up before him, and he will make it serve his purpose and our good. —Gardner Taylor

1st Peter 5:7 (NLT)  Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

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The Measurement of Salvation

Romans 3:25 (NLT)  For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past,

"When God measures a man, he puts the tape measure around the heart, not the head."—Pulpit Helps

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Jesus is all we need

Jesus we all have; He is all we need and all we want. We are shipwrecked on God and stranded on omnipotence! —Vance Havner

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

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