Singing Flowers

Psalm 30:4 (NLT2)  Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name.

A silent love is acceptable only from the lower animals. God has given us speech that we should call upon his name. Worship is to religion what fragrance is to the flower. —Henry Van Dyke

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

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Christian Integrity

Psalm 51:6 (NET1) Look, you desire integrity in the inner man; you want me to possess wisdom.

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. -- Abraham Lincoln

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 341-342. 

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The Dance

Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance to it. —Rubem Alves

1 Peter 1:21 (NLT2)  Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

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

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Power of the Holy Spirit

The power of the Holy Spirit is not optional but necessary. Without it the children of God simply cannot live the life of heaven on earth. The hindrances are too many and too effective. -- A. W. Tozer

Galatians 5:17 (NLT2)   The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.

The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume Two, comp. Ron Eggert, (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 2007), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "1199. Spiritual warfare; Holy Spirit: need for".

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A perspective on discouragement

"The major cause of discouragement is a temporary loss of perspective." —J. Francis Peak

Exodus 6:9 (NLT2) So Moses told the people of Israel what the LORD had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.

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

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Persistence

If you're ever tempted to give up, think of Brahms who took seven long years to compose his famous Lullaby. He kept falling asleep at the piano. -- Robert Orben

Proverbs 24:16 (NLT2)  The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 470.

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It depends on how you look at it.

Philippians 4:11 (NLT2) Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. —Charles R. Swindoll

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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The Media Grinder

Of all the inventions of our time, TV [and the Internet?] is likely to prove the most destructive. [It] grinds us down to spiritual dust so fine that a puff of wind scatters us, leaving nothing behind. —Malcolm Muggeridge, late British journalist.

Psalm 101:2-4 (NLT2)  I will be careful to live a blameless life— when will you come to help me? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. 3  I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. 4  I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.

Today's Best Illustrations - Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4.

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Modern Progress

Ecclesiastes 1:4 (NLT2) Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes.

I challenge the idea that we are advanced. I know the majority of modern educators, newspaper writers, TV personalities, radio reporters, politicians and all the rest do not agree with me. Nevertheless, I challenge the idea that we are any further advanced than they were in the days of Jesus. If we are so advanced, then I want to ask some questions. Why do we kill thousands of human beings each year with automobiles? Because we ride automobiles instead of donkeys, we are advanced? If we are so advanced in our day, why are the penitentiaries packed full and the mental hospitals crowded? If we are so advanced, why is the whole world a powder keg? If we are so advanced, how is it that we have weapons that can annihilate the world? If we are so advanced, why is it that people cannot walk alone in the parks anymore? Why is it that workers who get out at midnight never walk home alone anymore? Why is it in this advanced age that drugs, violence, abortion and divorce are soaring?  There is a mind-set that thinks every motion is progress. Every time you move you are progressing. Then there is the mind-set that thinks whenever you move in a straight line you are going forward, forgetting that you can move in a straight line and be going backward.

Tozer Topical Reader - The Tozer Topical Reader – Volume One.

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Shade Trees

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. —D. Elton Trueblood

1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT2) Don’t be concerned for your own good but for the good of others.

Today's Best Illustrations - Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5.

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