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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:58 PM

01 December 2010

"Christ said we could move mountains if we had faith.
But He didn't say we wouldn't need a shovel."
- Joyce Vollmer Brown

"But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said,
Daughter, be of good comfort; your faith hath made thee whole.
And the woman was made whole from that hour."
Matthew 9:22

"The woman had to ACT on her faith,
and come to Jesus, in order to be healed"
- MT

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:58 PM

02 December 2010

"There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its course:
a quiet conscience."
- Euripedes (c. 484-406 B.C.)

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer ...
But do this with gentleness and respect,
keeping a clear conscience,
so that those who speak maliciously
against your good behavior in Christ
may be ashamed of their slander."
1 Peter 3:15-16

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 12:59 PM

03 December 2010

"There is one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen."
- Christopher Morley

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen."
Ephesians 4:29

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:00 PM

04 December 2010

A New Heart


"For much of his life H.G. Wells proclaimed a Gospel of progress by technology and optimism. In time man could transform the world and inaugurate a new order based upon rational principles. By the end of his life, however, and during the Second World War, he wrote his final book, appropriately entitled Mind at the End of its Tether, in which he acknowledges that technical progress had not led to greater wisdom or maturity:

“The writer sees the world as a jaded world devoid of recuperative power. In the past he has liked to think that Man will pull out of his entanglements and start a new creative phase of human living. In the face of our universal inadequacy, that optimism has given place to a stoical cynicism. The old men behave for the most part meanly and disgustingly, and the young are spasmodic, foolish and all too easily misled. Man must go steeply up or down and the odds seem to be all in favour of his going down and out. If he goes up, then so great is the adaptation demanded of him that that he must cease to be a man. Ordinary man is at the end of his tether” (H.G. Wells, Mind at the End of its Tether p.30).

So writes one of the prophets of humanism. It is significant that Wells blames the nature of man for his inability to make progress, and that such progress can come only if man makes an adaptation to his basic nature. It is precisely this need for a change to man’s basic nature that the Christian Gospel demands of those who accept it.

The Gospel of Jesus is radically different from all the Utopian dreams which have been promoted as offering the salvation of the world. His followers did not hear from him the political slogans of the freedom fighter nor the high ideals of the social reformer. A programme to put the world right or to strive for a more just society does not enter into his teaching nor did he urge his followers to undertake such a programme. Instead, he began the work of transformation where it was most needed-­in the hearts of responsive individuals. His Gospel was given to remove from their hearts those things which stand as a barrier between them and God.

He looked forward to a future transformation of the whole world, urging his disciples to pray: “Your kingdom come, your will be done in earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Significantly, he never described the economic, political or social arrangements of this future new order. He described only the qualities of character that must be shown by those who hoped to enter it. The citizens of God’s Kingdom he taught, were “the poor in spirit”, “the meek”, “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”­-“Anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will not enter it” (Mark 10:15).

He taught that one day he will return in glory to judge the world and gather his disciples to himself. With this in mind, he urged his followers to view this world as a temporary sojourn; its wealth and pleasures, its loyalties and power struggles are not worth the allegiance or affection of those who have embarked upon this pilgrimage towards the Kingdom of God. Neither their security nor their true wealth are rooted in this passing life.

How then do we qualify for a place in that Kingdom? Jesus gave the answer: “Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). To be “born again” means to be baptised, to be immersed in water. This symbolism of going into water and coming out again is a very important part of the Christian life. It means symbolically to die with Christ, that is, to put to death the selfish side of our nature, so that we can rise with him to newness of life (read Romans 6:1-19). In this way we turn from the darkness of this life with all its selfishness and futility and set ourselves instead to face the light of a new life derived from him."
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:00 PM

05 December 2010

"Character isn't something you were born with and can't change,
like your fingerprints. It's something you weren't born with and
must take responsibility for forming."
- Jim Rohn

"We also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope."
Romans 5:3-4

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:01 PM

06 December 2010

"In Happy moments, praise God.
In Difficult moments, seek God.
In Quiet moments, worship God.
In Painful moments, trust God.
In Every moment, thank God."
- Unknown

"Deliver my life from the sword, ...
I will declare your name to my brothers;
in the congregation I will praise you.
You who fear the LORD, praise him!"
Psalm 22:20-23

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:01 PM

07 December 2010

"God has a history of using the insignificant
to accomplish the impossible."
- Unknown

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things …
so that no one may boast before him."
1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:02 PM

07 December 2010

"God has a history of using the insignificant
to accomplish the impossible."
- Unknown

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things …
so that no one may boast before him."
1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:02 PM

09 December 2010

"To succeed ... you need to find something to hold on to,
something to motivate you, something to inspire you."
- Tony Dorsett

"And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father,
and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind,
for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive
behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you;
but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever."
1 Chronicles 28:9

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:03 PM

10 December 2010

"When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you,
till it seems as though you could not hold on a minute longer,
never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn."
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them
that they should always pray and not give up."
Luke 18:1

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:03 PM

11 December 2010

"Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step;
only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."
- Dag Hammarskjold

"Since everything will be destroyed in this way,
what kind of people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and Godly lives as you look
forward to the day of God and eagerly await its coming."
2 Peter 3:11-12

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:04 PM

12 December 2010

"An army of sheep led by a lion would defeat an army of lions led by a sheep."
- Arab proverb

Then one of the elders said to me, "Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals."
Revelation 5:5

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:05 PM

13 December 2010

"Learn to enjoy little things;
there are so many of them."
- Unknown

"Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen
the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs
of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?"
James 2:5

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:05 PM

14 December 2010

"Some day, you will be wrestling with the great temptation,
or trembling under the great sorrow of your life.
But the real struggle is here, now, in these quiet weeks.
Character cannot be made except by a steady, long continued process."
- Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)

"And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations,
knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has
been poured out within our hearts..."
Romans 5:3-5

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:05 PM

15 December 2010

"Love is not about finding the right person,
but creating a right relationship.
It's not about how much love you have in the beginning
but how much love you build till the end."
- Unknown

"God is love. 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."
1 John 4:8-9

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:06 PM

16 December 2010

"Every day that we wake up is a good day.
Every breath that we take is filled with hope for a better day.
Every word that we speak is a chance to change what is bad into something good."
- Walter Mosley

"This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it."
Psalm 118:24

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:06 PM

17 December 2010

"Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something,
perhaps when you are least expecting it.
I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down."
- Charles F. Kettering

"What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep,
and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the
ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?
"If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more
than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.
"So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven
that one of these little ones perish."
Matthew 18:12-14

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:07 PM

18 December 2010

Do you want Justice?


"An aging, once beautiful movie actress decided that she wanted a series of portraits taken by the same photographer who had shot some wonderful pictures of her some 30 years earlier. After a considerable search, he was located and commissioned to take the pictures. When he delivered the proofs to her she went into a rage and screamed out in dismay, "These pictures don't do me justice." The patient photographer explained that she had been 30 years younger when he took those beautiful portraits that she remembered. Then he suggested to her that she didn't want justice, she needed mercy.

We, too, had better not demand justice, for we are in need of mercy. "If thou, Lord shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?" asked the Psalmist. Strangely enough, we seem to have a double standard, for we want others to receive justice while we hope for mercy.

We've all seen another driver go right through a stop sign without even slowing down and wished that there had been an officer there to apprehend the offender. Yet which of us has not, at some time, absent mindedly driven right through one before we realized we had failed to stop. On that occasion, we hoped that no one saw what we did.

Our Lord has told us to "do to others as you would have them do to you. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. For with what measure you use, it will be measured to you."

If there is one great lesson that Jesus has tried to drive home to us it is this one: He wants us to be merciful. His parable about the king who called his servants before him to settle accounts and found a man who owed him millions but was unable to pay illustrates this point very well. Remember that when he begged, the huge debt was forgiven, yet he went out and confronted his fellow servant and demanded payment of a small debt. He even grabbed the man by the throat and choked him. Because he showed no mercy, he was re-arrested and brought before the king who said, "You wicked servant, I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" In anger, his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This, said Jesus, "Is how my Heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart."

The parable of the beam and the mote underlines this same important lesson. Jesus' conclusion was, "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." In some of the newer translations, the mote is called a speck and the beam a plank. Our sins so obscure our vision we cannot clearly see to correct our brother. Yet how human to focus on other's shortcomings instead of our own.

We really are going to be judged by the same standard that we have used toward others. Based on this, we have to acknowledge that the mercy of God may be extremely limited when it comes time for us to stand before our Lord. God has told us that He has unlimited mercy, for David says, "As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us." We, ourselves, are the ones who limit the amount of mercy He will show toward us by how merciful we have been to our fellows.

We need not only to know this, but we need to live what we know in our daily dealings with others. "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.""
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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:08 PM

19 December 2010

"Love, unlike gold, is treasure that gains value by being spent."
- Unknown

"As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him,
and asked Him, 'Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?'
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, 'One thing you lack:
go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;
and come, follow Me.'"
Mark 10:17, 21

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:09 PM

20 December 2010

"Find a purpose in life so big it will challenge
every capacity to be at your best."
- David O. McKay

"For the earth will be filled with the
knowledge of the glory of the LORD,
as the waters cover the sea."
Habakkuk 2:14

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:09 PM

21 December 2010

"Hold fast to the Bible as the anchor of your liberty;
write its precepts in your hearts and practice them in your lives."
- Ulysses S. Grant

"I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
for I delight in your commands because I love them."
Psalm 119:45-47

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:10 PM

22 December 2010

"When you give away a little piece of your heart,
you're giving away the only thing you can give away,
which, after you do, you got more left than you had
before you gave some of it away."
- Don Hutson

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or
a clanging cymbal. … Love suffers long and is kind;
love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,
thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,
endures all things. Love never fails."
1 Corinthians 13:1, 4-8

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:10 PM

23 December 2010

"Depend on it - God's word done in
God's way will never lack God's supplies."
- Unknown

"You sent miraculous signs and wonders against Pharaoh,
against all his officials and all the people of his land,
for you knew how arrogantly the Egyptians treated them.
You made a name for yourself, which remains to this day.
You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through
it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths,
like a stone into mighty waters."
Nehemiah 9:10-11

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:11 PM

24 December 2010

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."
- Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

"Do not be shaped by this world; instead be changed within by a new way of thinking.
Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good
and pleasing to him and what is perfect."
Romans 12:2

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:11 PM

25 December 2010

"Reality is determined not by what scientists
or anyone else says or believes but by what
the evidence reveals to us."
- Alan Hale

"... when the fullness of the time was come,
God sent forth his Son, ..."
Galatians 4:4

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:12 PM

26 December 2010

"To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love.
In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness."
- Robert Muller

"The LORD is merciful and gracious ... As far as
the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our
transgressions from us."
Psalm 103:8 ...12

"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions
for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins."
Isaiah 43:25

"be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Ephesians 4:32

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:13 PM

27 December 2010

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
- Bertrand Russell

"The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom,
And before honor comes humility."
Proverbs 15:33

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:13 PM

28 December 2010

"Truth does not change because it is not believed by a majority of the people ..."
- G. Bruno

"Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name."
Psalms 86:11

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:14 PM

29 December 2010

"I never failed once. It just happened to be a 2000-step process."
- Thomas A. Edison

"Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong.
Not that people will see that we have stood the test
but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.
For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth."
2 Corinthians 13:7-8

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Posted 02 March 2011 - 01:15 PM

30 December 2010

"Being miserable is a habit; being happy is a habit;
and the choice is yours."
- Tom Hopkins

"'Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy,
and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you
are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may
become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself,
and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed;
and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see."
Revelation 3:17-18




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