God’s Blessing

"God is more anxious to bestow his blessings on us than we are to receive them." —Augustine

Malachi 3:10 (NET1) “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the LORD who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all."
Elesha Hodge, comp., Today's Best Illustrations – Volumes 1-4, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "BLESSINGS".

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The Heart and the Mouth

"When the heart is on fire, sparks will fly out of the mouth."—Anonymous

James 3:5 (NLT) In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

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

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What are you busy about?

"It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?" Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Matthew 16:26 (NLT)  And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?

Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 6.

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Action prompted by love

"A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things."  Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591)

John 5:17 (NLT) But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.”
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 5.

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Use or Loss

1st Peter 4:11 (NLT)  Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

"Abilities are like tax deductions—we use them or we lose them."  Sam Jennings
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 1.

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How poor are you?

Rudyard Kipling, speaking to a group of graduates about worldly riches, said, "One day you're going to meet a person of such prominence that these things will not be what he lives for. Then you'll see how poor you really are." —Frank Pollard

Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV) 19  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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

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Token of Greatness

Matthew 6:14-15 (NLT)  "If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. 15  But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins."

"A retentive memory is a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."   Elbert Green Hubbard (1856-1915)

 
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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Easter Morn!

John 11:25 (NLT) “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."

"Spring bursts today, for Christ is risen and all the earth's at play!" -- Christina Georgina Rossetti
Edythe Draper, Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 166.

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Easter Hope

John 11:25 (NLT)  Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying."

Easter means—hope prevails over despair. Jesus reigns as Lord of Lords and King of Kings... Easter says to us that despite everything to the contrary, his will for us will prevail, love will prevail over hate, justice over injustice and oppression, peace over exploitation and bitterness. —Desmond Tutu
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "EASTER".

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Keep a Christian Perspective

John 14:1 (ESV) [Jesus said:] “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me."

"The major cause of discouragement is a temporary loss of perspective."—J. Francis Peak
Today's Best Illustrations – Volume 5, (Carol Stream, IL: Christianity Today, 1997), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: "DISCOURAGEMENT".

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