Don’t be foolish.

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! Psalm 14:1 (NLT2)

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Oh–that the world would see!

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see. Revelation 3:18 (NIV)

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Be Perfect

Because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14 (NIV)

The command "be ye perfect" is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command. —C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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He is mighty to save.

If you think that there is anyone in the world so good that God could do something for that person's sake, you don't know sin; and if you think there is anything that God will not do for you for His sake and for His name, you don't know God!
A. W. Tozer

Yet he saved them for his name's sake, to make his mighty power known. Psalm 106:8 (NIV)

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We too are immigrants.

20  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21  who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:18-21 (NIV)

The newborn Christian is a migrant; he has come into the kingdom of God from his old home in the kingdom of man and he must get set for the violent changes that will inevitably follow.
A. W. Tozer

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He’ll make of you a new building.

London businessman Lindsay Clegg told the story of a warehouse property he was selling. The building had been empty for months and needed repairs. Vandals had damaged the doors, smashed the windows, and strewn trash around the interior. As he showed a prospective buyer the property, Clegg took pains to say that he would replace the broken windows, bring in a crew to correct any structural damage, and clean out the garbage. "Forget about the repairs," the buyer said. "When I buy this place, I'm going to build something completely different. I don't want the building; I want the site."

Compared with the renovation God has in mind, our efforts to improve our own lives are as trivial as sweeping a warehouse slated for the wrecking ball. When we become God's, the old life is over. He makes all things new.
Elesha Hodge, comp., Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997).

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

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A New Song

He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD. Psalm 40:3 (NLT2)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)

A huge man with his arm in a sling accepted Christ as his Savior on the first night of a prison crusade in the South. He was one of the prison's tough guys. A few days later he said, "You know, something's happening to me. I don't really understand it and I sure can't explain it. I got up this morning and I didn't scream and holler like I usually do. Even my cellmates commented about it. The only way I can describe it is it's like someone took the old MP3 that had been playing in my mind since I was a kid and plugged in a new that was playing new talk and new music." This man was beginning to experience the renewing and reprogramming process. Sometime later he discovered another important factor and added, "But you know, I've got to keep working on it and see to it that the songs are playing."

—Adapted from David A. Seamands, Healing Meditations for Life, (Victor, 1996); quoted in Men of Integrity, Vol. 4, no. 1, (January/February 2001).
, Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "NEW MAN".

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Build Up, Don’t Tear Down

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
"People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be—not what you nag them to be." —Scudder Parker, quoted in Men of Integrity.

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Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for His inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NIV)

In his book, Present Dangers: Rediscovering the First Amendment, David Lowenthal writes, “It is in the texture of our everyday lives that we must attempt to regain the marvelous simplicity that was ours for so long. It is in cultivating the memory of our past—our great accomplishments as a nation, our outstanding individuals, our pious, sober, and loving families, our great authors and artists, our actives industries, our music, fold and popular—that we can best keep from being engulfed by the present and renew our democratic humanity in the highest sense. Whether or not this can be done we do not know, but whoever finds practical ways of doing it will earn the eternal gratitude of his countrymen, and of the world besides. We have perhaps been the worlds’ most forward-looking nation: now we must look backward, regaining the past for the present, in order to be able to look forward well again.” — Present Dangers: Rediscovering the First Amendment, p. 283

It is our task as Christians to remind people to look back in time at God's faithfulness, and to know that He will be with us and guide His children in the future if they will simply follow His path and not their own. Pastor Darvin

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The Call of the Master

And you also are among those who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. Romans 1:6 (NIV)
Felix Mendelssohn, it is said, once visited the cathedral at Fridbourg, and, having heard the great organ, went into the organ loft and asked to be allowed to play it. The old organist, in jealousy for his instrument, at first refused, but was afterward prevailed on to allow the great German composer to try the colossal "thunder" of the cathedral.

And after standing by in an ecstasy of delight and amazement for a few moments, he suddenly laid his hands on the shoulders of the inspired musician and exclaimed: "Who are you? What is your name?" "Mendelssohn," replied the player. "And can it be! that I had so nearly refused to let Mendelssohn touch this organ!"

How little the Lord's people know what they are doing when they refuse to let Christ have full possession of their entire life and evoke the full melody and harmony of which it is capable!

Practical Illustrations Volume 12: Peter-Jude, (Chattanooga, TN: Leadership Ministries Worldwide, 2003).

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