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Posted 01 May 2015 - 02:25 AM

01 May 2015

"All things are of God, and we are told how He created them; in fact Psalm 8 tells that the heavens are "the work of his fingers". It is doubtful if we fully understand this, though it gives an idea of how things came into existence. But not only has God created, He has revealed Himself. This process of revelation is wonderful, because later God worked through "holy men of God (who) spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). They have passed off the scene, but what they wrote remains; and it is this which is so important, for it is the deposit, that which endures, the written word, which is able to make us "wise unto salvation."

- Arthur Sheppard
"An Offender for a Word" (1985)



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Posted 02 May 2015 - 05:27 AM

02 May 2015

"Do not draw a wrong conclusion. It does not mean that we cannot have joy unless we have suffering. That is false; but it does mean that when suffering comes, joy can remain and be intensified. The King once said to his own: "Your sorrow shall be turned into joy." It is not simply that one condition is exchanged for another, but that the very sorrow itself in some way has a background of joy. Of the suffering Saviour it was written: "Who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame." We should be wrong to think that his joy was postponed to the resurrection day. As he bent his will to the agony of the cross and the confrontation with Sin, we can believe that there was joy in the realisation that he was defeating iniquity and redeeming men from death and corruption. He was able to despise the shame because in the moment of its worst assault he had a consciousness of the final and ultimate joy of salvation."

- Dennis Gillett
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Posted 03 May 2015 - 01:28 PM

03 May 2015 
 
"Christ was perfect, and his perfection showed itself in his discourses. The nearer the source, the purer the water flows: the words Jesus spoke were wholesome words from his Father (John spoke were wholesome words from his Father (John 14:24)). The Saviour’s words in reference to conduct and character are striking. He is careful to put considerable emphasis on that which is within rather than that which is without. He draws attention away from what a person looks like, or what he has, or what he says, to what he is and what he can become. He distinguishes between the head and the heart ..."
 
- Claud Lamb
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Posted 04 May 2015 - 02:14 PM

04 May 2015
 
"Jesus paused when he reached the Custom House, his shadow fell athwart Matthew’s desk. Looking up, Matthew met eyes of ineffable love which conveyed to him the message even before the lips could utter the words “Follow me”. And the man who during long years had become hardened to angry words and bitter looks left the parchments and the money chest in the roadside cabin to become first a disciple and then an apostle. The official who for so long had added to men’s burdens was about to enter into the intimate service of him whose life’s work was to remove them."
 
- Melva Purkis
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Posted Yesterday, 07:51 AM

05 May 2015 
 
"Abba, Father, all things are possible to you; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what you will." (Mark 14:36).
 
Christ’s Yes to the will of God meant No to his request for the cup to pass. God’s No to the petition of His Son meant Yes to our hope of life everlasting. When God says No to us, He seeks our Yes to His holy will. The ultimate joy will be ours, if we too can pray:
 
"Abba, Father ... nevertheless not what I will, but what you will."
 
- Harry Tennant
Accepting Bitter Disappointments in Prayer (1982)





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