Be careful of the things you say.

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (NKJV)

Matthew 12:36  But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. (NKJV)

“Words are born in the heart, not in the head.”  Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

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A CLEAR CONSCIENCE

1 Timothy 1:18-19  18  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19  having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck. (NKJV)

“A sleeping pill will never take the place of a clear conscience.” Eddie Cantor (1892-1964)

“An uneasy conscience is a hair in the mouth.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)

“A man could not have anything upon his conscience if God did not exist, for the relationship between the individual and God, the God-relationship, is the conscience, and that is why it is so terrible to have even the least thing upon one's conscience, because one is immediately conscious of the infinite weight of God.”  Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

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There will be no justice until we all walk humbly with God.

Micah 6:8 No, the LORD has told us what is good. What he requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God. (TEV)

"The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom." Horace Greeley (1811-1872)

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HONESTY

Proverbs 12:22  The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. (NIV)

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  George Washington (1732-1799)

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NO GOOD IF DETACHED

Hebrews 10:24-25  Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.  And let us not neglect our meeting together [yeah—that means going to Church on Sunday], as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (NLT2)

“A man's Sunday self and his weekday self are like two halves of a round trip ticket; not good if detached.”  Lee H. Bristol, Jr. (1923-1979)

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FELLOWSHIP

“Be united with other Christians. A wall with loose bricks is not good. The bricks must be cemented together.” Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

And what does that mean?

“For the early Christians, koinonia was not the frilly "fellowship" of church-sponsored, biweekly little meetings to ponder the latest self-help book. It was not coffee, donuts and small talk in the Fellowship Hall before Sunday School. It was an almost unconditional sharing of their lives with the other members of Christ's body.”  [Adapted from Ronald J. Sider]

1 John 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

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REASONABLE FAITH

“God does not expect us to submit our faith to him without reason, but the very limits of reason make faith a necessity.” -- Saint Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

“If the work of God could be comprehended by reason, it would be no longer wonderful, and faith would have no merit if reason provided proof.” --  Pope Gregory the Great (540-604)

“Faith and sight are set in opposition to each other in Scripture, but not faith and reason.... True faith is essentially reasonable because it trusts in the character and the promises of God. A believing Christian is one whose mind reflects and rests on these certitudes.” -- John R. W. Stott (1921-2011)

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. (NLT2)

1 Corinthians 13:12  For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (NASB)

2 Corinthians 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight.  (NASB)

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A HARD TEACHER

“I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who lacked judgment.” Proverbs 7:7 (NIV)

“Experience is the hardest kind of teacher. It gives you the test first and the lesson afterward.”—Unknown

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God’s Word is great. Maybe we should consider putting It into practice.

James 1:22-25  22  Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice. 23  If you listen to the word, but do not put it into practice you are like people who look in a mirror and see themselves as they are. 24  They take a good look at themselves and then go away and at once forget what they look like. 25  But if you look closely into the perfect law that sets people free, and keep on paying attention to it and do not simply listen and then forget it, but put it into practice—you will be blessed by God in what you do. (TEV)

“So wide is the gulf that separates theory from practice in the church that an inquiring stranger who chances upon both would scarcely dream that there was any relation between them. An intelligent observer of our human scene who heard the Sunday morning sermon and later watched the Sunday afternoon conduct of those who had heard it would conclude that he had been examining two distinct and contrary religions.  It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right. They protest great and undying love for [Jesus Christ] but they will not let their love cost them anything.”  --  A. W. Tozer

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Be a child of God

Since we are his children, we will possess the blessings he keeps for his people, and we will also possess with Christ what God has kept for him; for if we share Christ's suffering, we will also share his glory. Romans 8:17 (TEV)

"Children are God's apostles, day by day sent forth to preach of love, and hope, and peace." -- James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

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