Luke 6:45 (NKJV) 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.
"God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart." -- Izaak Walton (1593-1683)
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "Heart".
Matthew 6:24 (NLT2) “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."
Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another—too often ending in the loss of both. -- Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "Compromise".
Psalm 25:8 (NLT2) The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
From time to time, we all seem to go astray. Always look to God and He will put those who sincerely repent back on His path. -- Pastor Darvin
Numbers 23:19 (NLT2) God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
"If God maintains sun and planets in bright and ordered beauty he can keep us." -- F. B. Meyer (1847-1929)
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 248.
Proverbs 23:2 (NLT2) If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat.
Now this proverb is not to be taken literally, but it is to be exercised figuratively and taken seriously. This Christmas Season there are just so many sweets and delights available to eat. Eat with moderation and remember to attend to the temple of your body that the Lord has given to you. No one wants their temple to fall down prematurely. -- Pastor Darvin
Romans 9:18 (NLT2) So you see, God choses to show mercy to some, and he chooses to harden the hearts of others so they refuse to listen.
God will speak to you again and again--asking you to come to Him. But, those who continuously reject His Word and refuse to listen have a hardening of their spiritual arteries, until one day a heart attack strikes them with a spiritual death. -- Pastor Darvin
Luke 11:27-28 (NLT2) 27 As he was speaking, a woman in the crowd called out, “God bless your mother—the womb from which you came, and the breasts that nursed you!” 28 Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”
We are to give praises to God--Yes. But, more than praises, God wants us to study, retain and obey His Word. -- Pastor Darvin
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLT2) We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Are you a captive?--a captive to your own selfish, worldly mindset? Turn the tables and capture those secular thoughts. Cast them into a prison and throw away the key. Come to Jesus and obey His plan for your life and be forever free. -- Pastor Darvin
Deuteronomy 26:18 (NLT2) The LORD has declared today that you are his people, his own special treasure, just as he promised, and that you must obey all his commands.
"Obedience to revealed truth guarantees guidance in matters unrevealed." -- Erwin W. Lutzer
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 446.
Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV) 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
This Holiday Season, you don't have to be stressed out. You don't have to be tired and weary. Stop and take pause. Remember that this Christmas Season isn't about material gift giving. It is about the Gift from God the Father of His Son, Jesus the Christ, who left His home in glory to be born in the lowliest of places--a manger in a little village called Bethlehem. The spirit of commercialism stresses, stifles and kills. The true Spirit of Christmas brings joy, peace and eternal life. -- Pastor Darvin