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Posted 03 May 2010 - 09:32 AM

01 May 2010

"I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily.
Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh,
shall he find faith on the earth?"
Luke 18:8

"These words of the Master are often misused by us (not without good effect)
to suggest that when the Master comes *the* Faith (or the Truth) may not exist.
That’s a fair enough exhortation to hold faithfully to our distinctive teachings and “Faith”.

But that doesn’t appear to be what the Master was teaching. Having described a woman who
could not be discouraged, who was infuriating in her persistence in pursuing her fervent
and ceaseless supplication to satisfy a grievance, the Master asks his disciples,
shall he when he comes, find such persistence? Will he find his saints begging,
imploring and intreating the Father with such persistence as this poor woman’s?

After all we sing often enough words that suggest we follow this importunate widow’s example:

- “we his promised advent waiting, LONG to hear his welcome voice”

OR

- “thine absence now we daily mourn; we LONG thy face to see”

But *will* the Maser find such persistence and fervency in us when he comes?"

- KC
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 09:46 AM

02 May 2010

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains,
however improbable, must be the truth. It is stupidity rather
than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you."
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:47 AM

03 May 2010

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
- Winston Churchill

"Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the LORD."
Psalm 27:14

"Listen to counsel and receive instruction,
that you may be wise in your latter days."
Proverbs 19:20

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 01:56 AM

04 May 2010

"Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are:
something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."
- Joseph Addison

"... 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."
Isaiah 40:31

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 03:02 AM

05 May 2010

"A person who looks for a 'meaningful personal relationship' with Jesus in this modern
pop culture sense might find satisfaction ... , but won't find the Jesus Christ of the Bible.
... In the New Testament it is noteworthy that, after Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven,
even his closest friends John and Peter do not write about an on-going "meaningful personal relationship"
with him, or teach that Christians should hope to establish and cultivate one - rather, they emphasise
remembering his words and hoping for his literal return, looking forward to salvation in the future."

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"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 06 May 2010 - 01:07 PM

06 May 2010

"In the hopes of reaching the moon,
men fail to see the blossoms at their feet."
- Albert Schweitzer

"Consider the lilies, how they grow.
They don't toil, neither do they spin;
yet I tell you, even Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
Luke 12:27

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:21 PM

07 May 2010

"Six essential qualities that are the key to success:
Sincerity, personal integrity, humility, courtesy, wisdom, charity."
- William Menninger

" ... pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
endurance and gentleness."
1 Timothy 6:11

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 12:02 PM

08 May 2010

1. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and all thy soul,
and all thy strength, and all thy mind.

Matthew 22:37 "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

- Epitome of The Commandments of Christ

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:33 AM

09 May 2010

"Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent."
- Maryilyn vos Savant

"But as for you, be strong and do not give up,
for your work will be rewarded."
2 Chronicles 15:7

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:33 AM

10 May 2010

"To be proud of virtue is to
poison yourself with the antidote."
- Benjamin Franklin

"A man's pride will bring him low,
But the humble in spirit will retain honor."
Proverbs 29:23

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:34 AM

11 May 2010

"Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it.
Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it.
Today is ready cash: Use it!"
- Edwin C. Bliss

"Give us today our daily bread.
But encourage one another daily,
as long as it is called Today"
Matthew 6:11 and Hebrews 3:13

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:34 AM

12 May 2010

"I am not afraid of tomorrow,
for I have seen yesterday
and I love today."
- William Allen White

"… In the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge,
will award to me on that day; and not only to me,
but also to all who have loved His appearing."
2 Timothy 4:8

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:35 AM

13 May 2010

“My interest is in the future because I am going
to spend the rest of my life there.”
- Charles F. Kettering

“Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works,
to be generous and ready to share,
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future,
so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”
1 Timothy 6:18-19

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:36 AM

14 May 2010

"He who loses money loses much;
he who loses a friend loses more;
he who loses faith loses all."
- Unknown

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11:1

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:36 AM

15 May 2010

"'Take a little honey.' That was the advice Jacob gave to his sons when they were going down into Egypt to buy food. They took many gifts: balm, spices, myrrh, nuts and money. But wise old Jacob added, 'Take a little honey.' (Genesis 43:11).

People may take with them on the journey of their lives ability, training, initiative, ambition and so many good things. Yet they fail because they forget kindness. If they had been just a little sweeter in spirit what a difference it would have made.

We can learn how to be able to disagree without being disagreeable. Simple, warm kindness will work wonders. Some say this is a hard, tough world and if we ever expect to get anywhere, we have to be hard-boiled. That kindness stuff, they say, might work at a Sunday School outing, but it has no place in business.

But kindness works everywhere.

On the journey of life don't forget to 'take a little honey.'"

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:38 AM

16 May 2010

"An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven,
spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought,
and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather."
- Washington Irving

"He delivered me because He delighted in me"
Psalm 18:19

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:38 AM

17 May 2010

"To handle yourself use your head;
to handle others use your heart."
- Unknown

"... have sincere love for your brothers,
love one another deeply, from the heart."
1 Peter 1:22

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:39 AM

18 May 2010

"Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."
- Unknown

"For we all stumble many times.
If anyone does not stumble in word,
this one is a perfect man,
able to bridle also his whole body."
James 3:2

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:39 AM

19 May 2010

"Don't just read the easy stuff.
You may be entertained by it,
but you will never grow from it."
- Jim Rohn

"The place in the Scripture which he read was this:
'He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
and like a lamb silent before its shearer,
so He opened not His mouth ...' ...
So the eunuch answered Philip and said,
'I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this,
of himself or of some other man?'"
Acts 8:32, 34, 37, 38

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:40 AM

20 May 2010

"On no account brood over your wrongdoing.
Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean."
- Aldous Huxley

["brood" – fret, worry]

"Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not envious toward wrongdoers.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way …
Cease from anger and forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing."
Psalm 37:1, 7-8

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:41 AM

21 May 2010

"Enthusiasm, like measles, mumps and the common cold, is highly contagious."
- Emory Ward

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:11-12

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:42 AM

22 May 2010

"Forbidden fruits create many jams"
- Unknown

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such there is no law."
Galatians 5:22-23

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:42 AM

23 May 2010

"Repentance and conversion are not milestones which we pass on the way of life and never see again. This would be to misconceive their true meaning. It is true that life is like a journey ... , but there are abiding principles which are essential for the whole journey and not simply for its commencement. Certainly, repentance has a beginning and comes to a special maturity when we see our need for forgiveness and for union with Christ and the Lord God. But, the fruits of repentance appear at all seasons of life, and keep us in a humble attachment to God. Moreover, when sin appears in our discipleship - and there is no disciple who does not sin - the wells of repentance spring up again as we make confession to God and seek His face. It is for this reason that 'Forgive us our trespasses' appears in the Lord's pattern prayer.

Similarly conversion is not a once and for all decision. It is a turning and returning to God throughout our lives. We take up our cross at the beginning, and we have to take it up every day. Constantly we have to take our bearings afresh, like mariners at sea, and correct our course towards God:

'I thought on my ways, And turned my feet unto thy testimonies.' (Psalm 119: 59)

The threads of repentance and conversion are continuous in the wondrous pattern of life."

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:42 AM

24 May 2010

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to
stand and walk and run and climb and dance;
one cannot fly into flying."
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things
grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
From him the whole body, joined and held together by
every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love,
as each part does its work."
Ephesians 4:15-16

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:43 AM

25 May 2010

"My life is in the hands of any fool who
makes me lose my temper."
- Joseph Hunter

"Better a patient man than a warrior,
a man who controls his temper than
one who takes a city."
Proverbs 16:32

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:44 AM

26 May 2010

"Life is like a library owned by the author.
In it are a few books which he wrote himself,
but most of them were written for him."
- Harry Emerson Fosdick

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works."
2 Timothy 3:13-17

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:44 AM

27 May 2010

"Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others
without putting his thumb on the scale."
- Byron J. Langnefield

"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others better than yourselves."
Philippians 2:3

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:45 AM

28 May 2010

"Thus says the Lord:

'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom
let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,

That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising
lovingkindness,
judgement, and
righteousness in the earth.

For in these I delight,' says the Lord."

Jeremiah 9:23-24

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:46 AM

29 May 2010

"We are too fond of our own will. We want to be doing what we
fancy mighty things; but the great point is, to do small things,
when called to them, in a right spirit."
- R. Cecil

"He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much:
and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much."
Luke 16:10

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:47 AM

30 May 2010

"There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat."
Matthew 26:7

"Think about this woman and her actions! To those who stood by their reaction was 'to what purpose is this waste?' Her actions (assessed by them as *this waste*) were seen by the Master to have been 'done for my burial'!

How terribly dismissive and hasty they had been! How careful ought we to be in viewing the service which another gives the Master!!

But there's a lesson too about *my* service! The Master said of this faithful and loving woman, 'she has done what she could' (Mark 14). There's simply delightful encouragement for us in this statement! The Master *does not* ask us to do what we can not. He asks simply that we do what we *can* ..."

- KC
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