The Spirit that Dwells Within

Nobody can be indwelt by the Spirit of God and keep that Spirit to himself. Where the Spirit is, he flows forth. And where there is no flowing forth, he is not there. -- Bishop William Temple

Acts 1:8 (ESV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations  Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "HOLY SPIRIT".

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The Spirit of Change

Every time we say, "I believe in the Holy Spirit," we mean that we believe that there is a living God able and willing to enter human personality and change it.  --  J. B. Phillips
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "HOLY SPIRIT".

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Holiness

Leviticus 11:45 (ESV) For I am the LORD who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

Our progress in holiness depends on God and ourselves--on God's grace and our will to be holy. We must have a real living determination to reach holiness. -- Mother Teresa in A Gift For God
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "HOLINESS".

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Faith

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. Faith begins where man's power ends." -- George Muller, orphanage founder, 19th century

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

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Angels

Hebrews 1:14 (NLT) Therefore, angels are only servants, spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

The angels are the dispensers and administrators of the divine beneficence towards us; they regard our safety, undertake our defense, direct our ways, and exercise a constant solicitude that no evil befall us. -- John Calvin
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "ANGELS".

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The Meaning of Christmas

John 1:14 (NIV)  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

"It does seem strange that so many persons become excited about Christmas and so few stop to inquire into its meaning; but I suppose this odd phenomenon is quite in harmony with our unfortunate human habit of magnifying trivialities and ignoring matters of greatest import...." A. W. Tozer

The Tozer Topical Reader Volume One, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "104. Christmas: true meaning".

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Christian Forgiveness

Ephesians 4:32 (NIV) Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Christian forgiveness should not be a refusal of strength, but rather ought to manifest an alternative power; Christian love, whether of neighbors or of enemies, should be a sign not of repressed anger and hatred but of anger and hatred confronted and, eventually, overcome and transcended; it should not be an internalized guilt that further diminishes and destroys but a truthful engagement with the causes and motivations underlying the situation of brokenness.  -- L. Gregory Jones
Today's Best Illustrations Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "FORGIVENESS".

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Keep growing in Christ

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NIV) The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and 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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God’s Gift of Compassion

John 15:9 (NIV) "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."

Compassion lies at the heart of our prayer for our fellow human beings. When I pray for the world, I become the world; when I pray for the endless needs of the millions, my soul expands and wants to embrace them all and bring them into the presence of God. But in the midst of that experience I realize that compassion is not mine but God's gift to me. I cannot embrace the world, but God can. I cannot pray, but God can pray in me. When God became as we are, that is, when God allowed all of us to enter into the intimacy of the divine life, it became possible for us to share in God's infinite compassion. -Henry Nouwen
Today's Best Illustrations Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "COMPASSION".

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Christmas is a time for compassion

"People in our culture take notice when we care for the needs of others."  --  Don Argue

Luke 10:33 (NIV) But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

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

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