Nehemiah 8:3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. (NIV)

"The books you read may have much to do with your choosing of the road."—Katherine Logan

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Psalm 118:1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)

“For one who has made thanksgiving the habit of his life, the morning prayer will be, ‘Lord, what will you give me today to offer back to you?’” —Elisabeth Elliot, Love Has a Price Tag. Christianity Today, Vol. 42, No. 1.

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Forgiveness is next to Godliness

Colossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

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Revival may occur in the local church, too. When a fair percentage of the members of any local church begin to pray more, lead holier lives, love each other more fervently, serve God and their fellow men with greater zeal, and seek to be holy and Christlike, then you have revival on the church level. I am happy to say this does occur sometimes.
A. W. Tozer

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Psalm 33:12  “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.” (NIV)

“A thoughtful mind... sees not the flag only, but the nation itself... the principles, the truths, the history.”  Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

“Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort too.” William Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

“My country, right or wrong" is like saying, "My mother, drunk or sober.” G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

“America is still the land of opportunity: everyone can become a taxpayer.” - Anonymous

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Lead your household to serve God.

Joshua 24:15  "But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.” (NLT2)

 “I cannot refrain from remarking that the most ominous sign of the coming destruction of our country is the passing of the American home. Americans live no longer in homes, but individually seclude themselves within the walls of the smart phone held in the palms of their hands. The members of many families hardly know each other, and the face of some popular TV star is too many spouses are as familiar as that of their wife or husband.  Let no one smile. Rather should we weep at the portent. It will do no good to wrap ourselves in the Stars and Stripes for protection. No nation can long endure whose people have sold themselves for bread and circuses. Our fathers sleep soundly, and the harsh bedlam of commercialized noise that engulfs us like something from Dante's Inferno cannot disturb their slumber. They left us a goodly heritage. To preserve that heritage we must have a national character as strong as theirs. And this can be developed only in the Christian home.”  --  Adapted from A. W. Tozer

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HIS WAY, not your way.

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 (NKJV)

“Every person has a terminal illness called sin.  The reason that followers of Jesus cling to him so tightly is because he is a great Physician who has the only cure. We could try to scrub away our sins with good deeds. Friends, it will not work. We can sincerely think that there are other ways of dealing with it, but we would be sincerely wrong.” —Lee Strobel

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Work at it.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. [So,] whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people.  Ecclesiastes 9:10 (NASB), Colossians 3:23 (TEV)

“It is not only prayer that gives God glory but work. Smiting on an anvil, sawing a beam, whitewashing a wall, driving horses, sweeping, scouring, everything gives God glory if being in his grace you do it as your duty. To go to Communion worthily gives God great glory, but to take food in thankfulness and temperance gives him glory too. To lift up the hands in prayer gives God glory, but a man with a dungfork in his hand, a woman with a slop pail, gives him glory too. He is so great that all things give him glory if you mean they should.”  Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

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HIS WAY, and not the world’s way.

Jeremiah 10:7 “Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.” (NKJV)

Romans 12:2  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  (NLT2)

“A good many people fret themselves over the rather improbable speculation that the earth may be blown asunder by nuclear weapons. The grimmer and more immediate prospect is that men and women may be reduced to a subhuman state through limitless indulgence in their own vices—with ruinous consequences to society.”  Russell Kirk

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