More than just the fruit

One marked difference between the faith of our fathers as conceived by the fathers and the same faith as understood and lived by their children is that the fathers were concerned with the root of the matter, while their present-day descendants seem concerned only with the fruit. -- A. W. Tozer

Matthew 4:4 (ESV) But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

The Best of A.W. Tozer – Book One, comp. Warren W. Wiersbe, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 117.

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The answer to our questions: Jesus Christ

Why did Christ come? Why was He conceived? Why was He born? Why was He crucified? Why did He rise again? Why is He now at the right hand of the Father. The answer to all these questions is, "In order that He might make worshipers out of rebels; in order that He might restore us again to the place of worship we knew when we were first created."

John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

A. W. Tozer, The Best of A.W. Tozer – Book One, comp. Warren W. Wiersbe, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 217.

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God is Real and He is Good

Psalm 34:8 (NIV) Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

[The Christian] creed requires them to believe in the personality of God, and they have been taught to pray, "Our Father, which art in heaven." Now personality and fatherhood carry with them the idea of the possibility of personal acquaintance. This is admitted, I say, in theory, but for millions of Christians, nevertheless, God is no more real than He is to the non-Christian. They go through life trying to love an ideal and be loyal to a mere principle. -- A. W. Tozer

The Best of A.W. Tozer – Book Two, comp. Warren W. Wiersbe, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 97.

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A Christian Attitude toward Trials

James 1:2 (NIV) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.

I like the attitude of Captain David Fortune of the Monterey Police Department. Captain Fortune has had three different types of cancer. His first round was with cancer of the larynx in 1979. That cancer led to surgery, radiation and an artificial voice box. Later, in 1988 he’d get cancer in his left kidney and skin cancer in 1993.  The odds of getting two types of cancer is great but the odds of getting three types is astronomical. What was his response? “I don’t feel picked on. I don’t feel I’m a marked man,” he said. “I feel blessed to be able to handle the challenges and keep going.”—Monterey County Herald, June 19, 2002

Instead of belly-aching over the hardships we face in life, perhaps we need to develop an attitude of gratitude, like Captain Fortune has.
Jim L. Wilson, Fresh Illustrations, (Austin, TX: WORDsearch, 2004), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "HARDSHIPS/TRIALS".

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Conspiracy of Silence

There is a strange conspiracy of silence in the world today—even in religious circles—about man's responsibility for sin, the reality of judgment, and about an outraged God and the necessity for a crucified Saviour. --A. W. Tozer

Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

The Best of A.W. Tozer – Book Two, comp. Warren W. Wiersbe, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 223.

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Exchanging the Old for the New

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

Coming to the Lord is a shedding off process. Sometimes being "born again" takes a long pregnancy. —George Taylor
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "CONVERSATION".

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The Big Mission of a Little Church in Belgrade

Our overall purpose is to bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ by obeying his command to make disciples of all nations. Specifically, our vision is to make Dry Creek Bible Church an equipping center which helps individuals become Christ—like in their lives and competent in Christian service so that together we might reach for Christ the non-believers in the Dry Creek community, in our Gallatin Valley neighborhoods, in our state and nation, and in the world. —Mission statement of Dry Creek Bible Church, Belgrade, Montana

Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "CHRISTLIKENESS".

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The God of All Comfort

You don't have to be alone in your hurt! Comfort is yours. Joy is an option. And it's all been made possible by your Savior. He went without comfort so you might have it. He postponed joy so you might share in it. He willingly chose isolation so you might never be alone in your hurt and sorrow. —Joni Eareckson Tada

2 Corinthians 1:3 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,

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

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Christians: Assert Yourselves

Isaiah 53:3 (NIV) He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Non-Christians will insist that we should keep our religion out of the way of their politics. But the reason for that is not that Jesus has nothing to do with the public realm; it is that they want nothing to do with Jesus as Lord. —John Howard Yoder
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "CHRISTIAN CALLING".

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Seeds of Blessings

Matthew 13:31 (NIV) He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field."

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed. —Rukeyser, Muriel.
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "BLESSINGS".

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