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Posted 01 December 2009 - 12:09 PM

01 December 2009

Faith in Action


"'Faith alone saves.
Faith if it is alone never saves.'"
- Paul Wade

"For just as the body without breath is dead,
so also faith without works is dead."
James 2:26

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 11:46 AM

02 December 2009

"We don't change the message,
the message changes us."
- Unknown

"So then faith comes by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God."
Romans 10:17

"This is the message you heard from the beginning:
We should love one another."
1 John 3:11

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:55 AM

03 December 2009

Waiting


"When we leave our prayers with the Father,
we find for ourselves what the saints affirm -
that during the dark waiting period when self-effort ceases,
a spurt of astonishing spiritual growth takes place in us.
Afterward we have qualities like more patience,
more ability to hear His voice, greater willingness to obey."
- Unknown

"No wonder Paul says 'Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.'"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Posted 04 December 2009 - 12:17 PM

04 December 2009

"Pride is a lofty self-respect totally apart from reality. It is high esteem of oneself from some imagined or real superiority.

Pride is the antithesis of grace. The believer who is arrogant is totally blind to the grace of God.

Pride is synonymous with vanity, which is empty pride in regard to one's person, attainments, or possessions coupled with an excessive desire to be noticed, a lust for attention, lust for approval or praise from others.

Pride is the pomposity of vain glory. It is supercilious and haughty contempt of others.

Pride supports a whole array of sins, such as jealousy, bitterness, vindictiveness, implacability, revenge motivation, revenge tactics, self-pity, conceit, inordinate ambition and competition, slander, gossip, and maligning.

Pride is a mental attitude sin which overflows into the motivation, decision making and activity of the individual. Pride includes several different concepts.

* Egotism. This is an excessive preoccupation with self and must be distinguished from ego, which is self-consciousness and is perfectly normal.

* Vanity. This is self-admiration and an excessive desire to be admired by others. Hence, vanity is easily flattered and patronized.

* Conceit. This is exaggerated estimate of one's abilities and attainments.

Scriptures Related to the Sin of Pride

Proverbs 11:2, "When pride comes, then come dishonor."

Proverbs 16:18, "Pride precedes destruction, and before a fall there is a lifestyle of pride."

Proverbs 23:29, "A person's pride will bring him low, but a lifestyle of humility will attain honor."

Romans 12:3, "For I say through the grace which has been given to me to everyone who is among you, stop thinking of self in terms of pride beyond what you ought to think, but think in terms of sanity for the purpose of being rational without illusion as God has assigned to each one of us a standard of thinking from doctrine."

Pride is defined in terms of the sin of jealousy in

James 3:14-16, "But if you have bitter jealousy and inordinate ambition in your right lobe, stop being arrogant, and stop lying against the truth [Bible doctrine]. This pseudo wisdom is not that which comes from above, but is earthly, natural, and demonic. For where jealousy and inordinate ambition exist there is disorder and every evil deed."

Proverbs 13:10, "Through pride comes strife, but wisdom is with those who receive instruction."

1 Peter 5:5, "Likewise you younger men be subject to the elder [pastor], and all of you cloth yourselves with humility toward one another. 'For God makes war against the arrogant, but He gives grace to the humble.' Therefore, humble yourselves under the powerful hand of God, that He may promote you at the proper time.""

- Warren Doud

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:40 AM

05 December 2009

"The wisdom and graciousness of God are evident in the arrangements He has made to fill the earth with His glory manifested in believers "delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom. 8:21). Understanding this great work of salvation evokes praise and wonder. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been His counsellor? or who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to Whom be glory for ever. Amen" (Rom. 11:33-36). "... to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen" (Jude v. 25)."

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:42 PM

06 December 2009

"Nothing lowers the level of conversation more than raising the voice."
- Stanley Horowitz

"Your improvement must not be merely external -
but let it be the hidden person of the heart,
with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is precious in the sight of God."
1 Peter 3:3-4

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 10:17 AM

07 December 2009

"The Kingdom is a cheap purchase,
Whatever the cost."
- Unknown

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,
and upon finding one pearl of great value,
he went and sold all that he had and bought it."
Matthew 13:45-46

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Posted 08 December 2009 - 07:17 AM

08 December 2009

"After winter comes the summer.
After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear, open skies."
- Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

"Therefore we also ... let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and
let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
Hebrews 12:1-2

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 11:05 AM

09 December 2009

"I'm not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship."
- Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

"For You have been a strength to the poor,
a strength to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."
Isaiah 25:4

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:15 AM

10 December 2009

"The sun is always shinning.
Even though clouds may come along and obscure the sun for a while,
the sun is always shining.
The sun never stops shining.
And even though the earth turns, and the sun appears to go down,
it really never stops shining."
- Louise L. Hay

"Through the tender mercy of our God,
with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luke 1:78-79

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 09:28 AM

11 December 2009

"The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal.
The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."
- Benjamin Mays

"Brethren, I do not consider that I have made it my own;
but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 3:13-14

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 10:24 AM

12 December 2009

"There never has been, and cannot be,
a good life without self-control."
- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

"My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor lose courage when you are punished by him.
For the Lord disciplines him whom he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives."
Hebrews 12:5-6

"A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls."
Proverbs 25:28

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Posted 13 December 2009 - 11:54 AM

13 December 2009

"... the very last word-picture of the Bible-a symbolic Garden in which all these lost delights will be restored to the faithful of mankind. Drawing extensively on the symbology of Genesis this Garden is described as being watered by a river of life, beside which will be a tree of life with healing fruit and leaves. The curse on the earth will be removed, and God will dwell in the Garden and His redeemed will see His face. These also will be invited to serve Him and to have dominion over the earth, this time for ever.

... Everything lost on man's expulsion from Eden is restored in far greater measure in the perfect Kingdom of God:

"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 22:1-5)."

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Posted 14 December 2009 - 11:14 AM

14 December 2009

"The rainbow of God's promises is
always above the trials and storms of life."
- Charles Shepson

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,
because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life that
God has promised to those who love him."
James 1:12

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Posted 15 December 2009 - 10:26 AM

15 December 2009

"God doesn't call the qualified,
He qualifies the called."
- Unknown

"Give thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be
partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light."
Colossians 1:12

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:59 AM

16 December 2009

Living the Truth

Practical Principles for my Life in Christ

My love to God, and my Saviour Jesus Christ


1. I must love the Lord my God with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. This is the first and greatest commandment, for all that follows is included in this. Mark 12:30

2. The service of God must be first in my life. Nothing else is more important. Matthew 6:33

3. It should be my constant desire to do all the Lord’s work as faithfully and as diligently as possible. Matthew 24:45-47; Acts 20:28

4. I must fear him who will utterly destroy the disobedient and the unfaithful. 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 25:30

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Posted 17 December 2009 - 11:39 AM

17 December 2009

My worship with the Ecclesia


5. I must be faithful in my remembering of Jesus at the weekly Breaking of Bread. Nothing but sheer inability to get there should keep me from this service. Matthew 26:26,28; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; Acts 2: 42; Acts 20:7

6. I should be at the meeting early and see that the meeting starts promptly. Slackness does not honour Christ. Romans 12:11; 1 Corinthians 14:40

7. I should meet my brethren and sisters with a warm, friendly, cheerful greeting. John 13:34; Romans 12:10; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:9

8. In all the services I should try to concentrate with an alert mind on all that is said and done. 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Corinthians 11:29

9. If called upon to pray in public, I should pray humbly and in simple language. Ephesians 6:18; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; Ecclesiastes 5:2

10. By giving generously to the ecclesial collection, I am giving to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 8:12-15; 2 Corinthians 9:6,7

11. I should put all possible effort and care into my preparation for ecclesial duties. 1 Timothy 4:12-16; 2 Timothy 2:15

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Posted 18 December 2009 - 08:59 AM

18 December 2009

My Private Worship


12. I must pray on my own, every morning and night at least. Luke 18:1; Matthew 7:7; Matthew 6:9-13

13. I must thank God for everything, even the most ordinary things, and say a short grace for every meal. Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:15

14. I must read the scriptures thoughtfully every day, thanking God for them and asking Him to help me to understand them better. John 5:39; Acts 17:11; Acts 20:32

15. By learning a number of Bible passages, I shall become able to make my own witness for Christ in daily conversation. 1 Peter 3:15; Colossians 4:6

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Posted 19 December 2009 - 12:11 PM

19 December 2009

My Duty to Everyone


16. Knowing how undeserving I am of the kindness of God has shown to me, I must always seek to be kind to others even though I may think them undeserving. Matthew 5:44-48

17. I must always be ready to help those in need, remembering the Good Samaritan. Luke 10:30-37; 1 John 3:17; James 2:15,16

18. I must give all the loving care I can to the sick and aged, the fatherless and the widow, especially those in the ecclesia. Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Hebrews 13:16

19. I should always pay bills promptly. Romans 13:8

20. I should not try to force anybody to return any possessions of mine which they have borrowed or stolen. Luke 6:35

21. I should pray even for those who make themselves my enemies, whether in things big or small. I should respond to their evil behaviour with goodness. Luke 23:34; Matthew 5:44; 1 Corinthians 4:12,13; 1 Peter 3:9; Romans 12:21

22. My Lord’s own example forbids me to use force or violence in any way. Matthew 5:39; Matthew 26:52; Romans 12:17-19

23. I should always be courteous, even when strongly provoked, and avoid all rough. 1 Peter 3:8,9; Hebrews 12:14

24. My everyday dealings should be strictly honest and fair. I should have nothing to do with the dishonest business practices that are common in the world. Romans 12:17

25. In all things I must do to others as I would wish them to do me. Matthew 7:12

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:41 AM

20 December 2009

My Special Duty to my Brethren and Sisters


26. I should try always to see the best in others and not the worst. Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:41; 1 Corinthians 13:4,5

27. I must not be easily offended, but rather remember how much I have been forgiven by God. Matthew 5:23,24; Colossians 3:12-14

28. I should accept rebuke patiently and humbly. Hebrews 13:22; Hebrews 12:1-11; 2 Corinthians 7:8-11

29. I must be ready to forgive with all my heart any offence against myself. God will not forgive me unless I do. Matthew 18:21,22,35; Ephesians 4:31-32

30. Fighting and cursing must have no part in my life in Christ - only the world does such things. Titus 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:24

31. I need to take care that weaker brethren and babes in Christ are not caused to stumble by anything I do or say. Romans 14:13,21; 1 Corinthians 8:13; Matthew 18:6

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Posted 21 December 2009 - 08:11 AM

21 December 2009

Relationships with my Friends and Family


32. I need to be careful about the company I keep. Some friends would help me, but others would only hinder me in my efforts to follow Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:33; 1 Corinthians 5:6; Philippians 4:8

33. I should seek the company and fellowship of brethren and sisters and choose my friends in the ecclesia. 1 Peter 4:3-5; Ephesians 5:6-8; Acts 2:42; Hebrews 10:24-25

34. I must avoid fornication and adultery, even though the world may think them natural. Sex outside marriage is abomination in the eyes of the Lord and is degrading of my body, which I should consider the temple of God. I must tell friends who seek to tempt me that I will have nothing to do with that kind of life. 1 Corinthians 5:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:13,18,19; Ephesians 5:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Matthew 5:28

35. If I am an unmarried person, holiness and loyalty to Christ demands that I should marry only in the Lord. It would be foolish for me to yoke myself for life with an unbelieving partner. 1 Corinthians 7:39; 2 Corinthians 6:14

36. If I am a husband, I should be kind and considerate to my wife, not sparing myself in any effort for her, even as Christ gave himself in sacrifice for the church. Ephesians 5: 25; Colossians 3:19; 1 Peter 3:7

37. If I am a wife, I am to acknowledge my husband as head of the family, even as the church is submissive and obedient to Christ its Lord. Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18; 1 Peter 3:1

38. Divorce is not even to be thought of: “what therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder”. Matthew 19:4-6; 1 Corinthians 7:10,11

39. If I am a parent, I should never relax my efforts in training my children in the knowledge of the Gospel and in good behaviour. I should take care that I do not make my children resentful of the way they are treated in the home. Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21

40. As a son or daughter, I should be obedient to my parents, whether they are in the Lord or not, unless they tell me to do something against the commands of Christ. I should give them proper respect, and not answer back. Ephesians 6:1,2; Colossians 3:20

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 08:35 AM

22 December 2009

My Daily Work


41. If I am an employer, I should be kind, just and considerate to my workpeople and servants. Colossians 4:1; Ephesians 6:9

42. If I am in the employment of others, I am to give faithful, diligent service. I must still do this even when the employer does not give what I consider to be fair conditions or fair wages. Colossians 3:22-25; Ephesians 6:5

43. I must not help myself to my employer’s property; I should not take even the smallest thing without asking permission first. Titus 2:9,10; Colossians 3:22-25

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Posted 23 December 2009 - 10:25 AM

23 December 2009

Principles for my Ecclesial Life


44. I should imitate the best examples I know in the church. 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17; Hebrews 13:7

45. I should always assist the preaching of the Gospel in every way I can, especially by supporting all the meetings. I should speak to others freely at every opportunity about the Hope which I have and which is so precious to me. Luke 12:8; Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:8

46. I need to beware of false teachers and test all that I hear by the Word of Truth. 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 2 Peter 2:1; Matthew 24:24

47. Complaining and grumbling do much harm. If something is so wrong that I feel I cannot ignore or forget it, I must speak to the person concerned. If he does not take any notice, I must go again with an adviser. If there is still no progress, I should then lay the matter before the ecclesia. Philippians 2:14,15; Matthew 18:15-17

48. If I nurse a grudge or resentment against anyone, refraining from the Breaking of Bread is no remedy. The only way is to ask God to remove the resentment from my heart. 1 Corinthians 4:5; James 3:14-15; 1 John 4:20,21

49. When in the wrong about any matter, I ought to admit this freely, and ask forgiveness. James 5:16; Psalm 32:5

50. Quarrelling must not enter into my ecclesia. We are all one family in the Lord. Even feelings of bitterness are wrong. Ephesians 4:29,31,32; Colossians 4:6; Titus 2:7,8

51. I should help to prevent the formation of parties or groups in the ecclesia. Is Christ divided? 1 Corinthians 1:12,13; 1 Corinthians 3:3,4; Philippians 2:1-3

52. There is no race or class divisions in Christ. This is a thing God hates. Galatians 3:28; Revelation 7:9; Acts 10:34,35; James 2:8,9

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Posted 24 December 2009 - 10:41 AM

24 December 2009

Keeping myself unspotted from the world


53. I should always avoid things which may provoke evil thoughts - bad films, magazines or books or any kind of low talk. Philippians 4:8; Ephesians 5: 3-4; Romans 1:28-32; 1 Peter 2:11

54. My speech should be kept free from blasphemy and rough language. God can hear my every word. Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:8; Matthew 5:37; Matthew 12:36

55. Gossip and slander are great evils, and I should avoid them altogether. Titus 3:2; Ephesians 4:31,32

56. Deceit and dishonesty even in little things are wrong. I must keep them out of my life. Titus 1:10; 1 Peter 2:1,21,22; Acts 5:1-11; Revelation 22:15

57. I should not sue anyone in court. This is the way of the world. The way of Christ is to suffer wrong. 1 Corinthians 6:1-7; Matthew 5:38-42

58. As a follower of Christ, I can have no part in elections and worldly politics, for politics mean faith in men - and my faith should be in God and His coming Kingdom. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 Peter 2:11,12; 1 John 1:6; 1 John 2:15; John 18:36

59. Since I have given my allegiance to Christ and have been commanded to live at peace with all men, I must not join the armed forces or police or take part in any military activity. Matthew 26:52; John 18:36

60. As a follower of Christ, I can have no part in the Masonic brotherhood or any similar society. We have a greater fellowship which is not of this world. 1 Corinthians 10:20,21; 2 Corinthians 6:14,15; 1 John 1:3

61. I must guard against worldly ambition and against its evil effects upon my spiritual life and ecclesia service. 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 3:1,2

62. Drunkenness is wrong and forbidden. My mind should always be clear to think on holy things and not muddled with drink. Romans 13:13,14; 1 Thessalonians 5:6,7; Ephesians 5:18

63. I must keep the law of my country with scrupulous care, in the smallest as well as the big things. Only when it insists that I do things contrary to Christ is it right for me to disobey. Romans 13:1-7; Peter 2:13,14; Titus 3:1

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 09:44 AM

25 December 2009

Making my Life Holy before God


64. I constantly need to strive against the lusts of the flesh, and should not allow myself to be discouraged in this by the attitude of those around me. Galatians 5:16,24; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 1:3,4

65. It is wrong to give way to hasty temper. If I have one, I must constantly fight to control it. James 1:19,20; Proverbs 16:32; Proverbs 19:11

66. I must always speak the truth. Lying is a great evil. The consequence of the serpent’s lie in Eden are still with us. Ephesians 4:25; Colossians 3:9; Acts 5:1-11; Revelation 22:15

67. All that I do and say should show that I am a disciple of Jesus, and I should always be on my guard against denying him. Luke 12:8; Mark 8:38; 2 Timothy 1:8

68. I must not envy those who seem better off than myself. Luke 12:15; Matthew 6:19; Hebrews 13:5

69. I should acknowledge the Father’s control and providence in my life by saying, “If the Lord will”, “God willing”, “By God’s grace”. James 4:14,15; Proverbs 3:6

70. I should keep Jesus always in mind. Especially when faced with a difficulty, I should ask myself, “What would Jesus do?” 1 Peter 2:21-23; John 13:15

71. In all things I must aim at purity and holiness, and so pleases my Master in heaven. Romans 6:19,22; 1 John 3:3; Hebrews 12:14

72. I believe the coming of my Lord is near. I must live as one who really believes it. Matthew 24:44; Matthew 10:37,38; Luke 12:35-37; 2 Peter 3:13,14

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 09:22 AM

26 December 2009

How God will Help me


73. I must never be satisfied with my efforts to please God. I am weaker than I like to admit. 1 Corinthians 10:12; Romans 5:12; Romans 7:18-25

74. I should frequently ask God to strengthen me so that I may do better. Great help will be given to those who ask for it. Philippians 4:6,13; James 1:5,6; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Ephesians 3:16

75. Even if I have been weak and sinned badly, I should not become discouraged and give up. If I am truly sorry for what I have done, and am determined to do better in future, God will forgive me and help me to try again. Luke 15:11-32; 2 Corinthians 7:10; 1 John 1:9
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Proverbs 4:23

“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

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“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:36 AM

27 December 2009

"What happens is not as important as
how you react to what happens."
- Thaddeus Golas

"Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;
set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."
1 Peter 1:13

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 09:36 AM

28 December 2009

"A Friend is a treasure, more precious than Gold.
For love shared is priceless, and never grows old."
- Unknown

"A friend loves at all times …"
Proverbs 17:17

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 11:03 AM

29 December 2009

"You give but little when you give of your possessions.
It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."
- Kahlil Gibran

"This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."
1 John 4:9, 11

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Posted 30 December 2009 - 08:54 AM

30 December 2009

"What we are is God's gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God."
- Eleanor Powell

"... God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
He who has the Son has life ..."
1 John 5:11-12




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