He turns on our limited resources

Matthew 10:1 (NLT2) Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness.

"The presence of Christ brings us his power and ability to use our limited resources in his limitless ways." -- Rebecca Manley Pippert

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 1.

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Responding in Faith

Hebrews 7:25 (NLT2) 25  Therefore [Jesus] is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf.

"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts." -- Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 1.

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Use or lose

"Abilities are like tax deductions—we use them or we lose them."  -- Sam Jennings

Matthew 25:15, 24-27 (NLT2)   [The Master] gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. . . [And after the master returned:] 24  “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25  I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26  “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27  why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’" 

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 1.

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Road Maps to God

Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God. —C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

Romans 15:4 (NLT2) Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

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

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Having an ear for the thoughts of others

Proverbs 12:15 (NLT2) Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others.

Too bad the only people who know how to run this country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair. —George Burns

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

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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 used to think it strange that the Bible keeps talking about the cleansing power of the blood (1 Peter 1:2). It seemed to me that blood was messy stuff. I needed to wash my white lab coats if they became stained with blood.  Today, I love the analogy; it is so true of the body. The blood is constantly cleansing every cell, and washing away all the debris that accumulates all the time. I like Paul's phrase in Hebrews 9:14 KJV, "How much more shall the blood of Christ purge your conscience from dead works?" —Dr. Paul Brand

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

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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 especially toward you.

We are not to be isolated [from the world] but insulated, moving in the midst of evil but untouched by it. —Vance Havner

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

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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 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.

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

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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 prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

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

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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  You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

Matthew 5:16 (KJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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

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