Even in our dreams

Psalm 16:7 (NIV)   I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me.

Our heart oft times wakes when we sleep, and God can speak to that, either by words, by proverbs, by signs and similitudes, as well as if one was awake. - John Bunyan (1628-1688)

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

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Be Anointed with Heavenly Oil

Psalm 20:6 (NIV) Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.

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The Kingdom of God is as near to you as His Word

Mark 1:15 (NIV)   "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"

The Kingdom of God is as near to you as His Word--Read it and get near to Him. 

-- Pastor Darvin

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Be a good witness: Show integrity

Titus 2:7 (NIV)  In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity.

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Let the River Flow

Our trouble is that we think of ourselves as being alone. Let us correct the error by thinking of ourselves as standing by the bank of a full flowing river; then let us think of that river as being none else but God Himself. We glance to our left and see the river coming full out of our past; we look to the right and see it flowing on into our future. But we see also that it is flowing through our present. And in our today it is the same as it was in our yesterday, not less than, nor different from, but the very same river, one unbroken continuum, undiminished, active and strong as it moves sovereignly on into our tomorrow.

Isaiah 41:18 (NIV)  I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.

A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume One, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "517. God: His presence; Faith: daily walk; Loneliness".

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Forgive others. Your own forgiveness depends upon it.

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) 14  For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

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God’s Word and the Holy Spirit

We ought to memorize Scripture. We ought to get to know the Word.  We ought to fill our minds with the great hymns and songs of the church. They will mean little to us until the Holy Spirit comes. But when He comes He will have fuel to use. Fire without fuel will not burn, but fuel without fire is dead. And the Holy Spirit will not come on a church where there is no biblical body of truth. The Holy Spirit never comes into a vacuum, but where the Word of God is, there is fuel, and the fire falls and burns up the sacrifice.

John 14:26 (NIV)  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume One, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 19.

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The way of a fool

Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.

"Outside noisy, inside empty."- Chinese Proverb

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 219.

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Not much progress.

From what we can learn from the Scriptures, we believe that the seraphim and cherubim in Heaven are still faithfully fulfilling their purpose in serving God by worshipping Him day and night.   Yet, since the Fall of Humanity, the vast portion of humans seem to always bow down to someone or something else.  Today, they bow, not to God, but to smart phones (as just one of a million worldly examples).  Hands are no longer clasp in prayer.  Rather, one holds the object of their worship, while a finger of the other hand strokes their idol with loving adoration.  And so, it appears that Man has not progressed much over the thousands upon thousands of years since He came into existence through the breath of God.  Man still sulks in his cave, all alone with his brilliant intelligence--with all of his amazing technology to keep him company.  He is either silent, or if he opens his mouth at all, it is to boast and threaten and curse; or it's nervous, ill-considered laughter, or to briefly utter songs without joy and words without meaning.

Adapted from A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume Two, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "1355. Worship: purpose for existence".

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Swallowed by Science?

Jonah 1:17 (NIV) But the LORD provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights.

I receive a lot of magazines, most of which I dutifully and joyously never read. I looked at one recently after I came home in the evening, and it had a question and answer department in it. One question was: "Dear Doctor So and So: What about the whale swallowing Jonah? Do you believe that?" And the good doctor replied: "Yes, I believe it. Science proves that there are whales big enough to swallow men." I folded the magazine, and laid it down, for that man had come up to bat, but he had struck out beautifully. For I believe that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, not because a scientist has crawled in and measured a whale's belly, and come out and said, "Yes, God can do that." If God said that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, then the whale swallowed Jonah, and we do not need a scientist to measure the gullet of the whale.... Whenever I find men running to science to find support for the Bible, I know they are rationalists and not true believers! Grant me God and miracles take care of themselves.

A. W. Tozer, The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume Two, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "1104. Science; Miracles: belief in".

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