Looking for specks

Luke 6:41-42 (NLT2) 41  “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 42  How can you think of saying, ‘Friend, let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.

When we put ourselves in the other person's place, we're less likely to want to put him in his place. —Farmer's Digest

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "CHARITABLENESS".

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Live your faith

James 2:18 (NLT2) Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

We can prove our faith by our commitment to it and in no other way. Any belief that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief—it is only a pseudo-belief. It might shock some of us profoundly if we were suddenly brought face-to-face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living. —A.W. Tozer

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

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Not to be kept private

"Christianity is unquestionably a personal experience. It is also unquestionably not a private experience." —William Barclay

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.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "WITNESSING".

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"The word worry is from a word that means "to strangle." That's what worry does to us. It chokes us. It cuts off our emotional and spiritual air supply so that we get frustrated and angry." —Tony Evans

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "WORRY".

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The Spirit of this Age

Romans 12:2 (NLT)  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The church that marries the spirit of an age becomes a widow in the next generation—Dean William Inge,

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "WORLDLINESS".

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Self-discipline

"Liberty is the right to discipline ourselves in order not to be disciplined by others."—Clemenceau

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

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

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Forgiveness matters

When forgiveness is necessary, don't wait too long. We must begin to forgive, because without forgiving, we choke off our own joy; we kill our own soul. People carrying hate and resentment can invest themselves so deeply in that resentment that they gradually define themselves in terms of it. —Lewis B. Smedes

Mark 11:25 (NLT) But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "FORGIVENESS".

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Don’t be fooled

Ephesians 5:6 (NLT) Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.

The holiness of God, the wrath of God and the health of the creation are inseparably united. Not only is it right for God to display anger against sin, but I find it impossible to understand how He could do otherwise. --A. W. Tozer

The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume Two, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "1375. Wrath of God; Sin: consequences of".

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Stop Complaining

Don't complain and talk about all your problems—80 percent of people don't care; the other 20 percent will think you deserve them. —Mark Twain

Proverbs 19:3 (NLT) People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.

Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "MURMURING (COMPLAINING)".

 

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Christian Morality

"Morality does not make a Christian, yet no man can be a Christian without it."  --Daniel Wilson (1778-1858)

1st Corinthians 15:34 (NLT)  Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 427.

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