Thursday, July 31, 2008
They should also know what you won’t stand for.
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,
and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD.
Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
And all the people went their way to eat and drink,
to send portions and rejoice greatly,
because they understood the words that were declared to them.
Nehemiah 8:10, 12
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
but it takes real talent to dodge the
consequences of dodging responsibility.
You will suffer the penalty for your bad plans
and bear the consequences of your sins of idolatry.
Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD."
BUT as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.
To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time,
apart from sin, for salvation.
Monday, July 28, 2008
There is a great battle
That rages inside me.
One side is a soaring eagle.
Everything the eagle stands for
Is good and true and beautiful.
It soars above the clouds.
Even though it dips down into the valleys,
It lays its eggs on the mountaintops.
The other side of me is a howling wolf.
And that raging, howling wolf
Represents the worst that is in me.
He feasts upon my downfalls
And justifies himself by his presence in the pack.
Who wins this great battle?
The one I feed.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him [Christ],
that the body of sin might be destroyed,
that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
but their echoes are truly endless.
And the Lord's servant must not quarrel;
instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct,
in the hope that God will grant them repentance
leading them to a knowledge of the truth,
2 Timothy 2:24-25
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
and the blind can see.
- Mark Twain
· Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
· Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
· Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
· And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
· Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
· And be thankful.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
* Tender with the young,
* Compassionate with the aged,
* Sympathetic with the striving,
* Tolerant of the weak and the strong.
Because someday you will have been all of these.
- George Washington Carver
Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another;
love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling,
but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this,
that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:8-9
Monday, July 21, 2008
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing.
Get interested in something!
Get absolutely enthralled in something!
Get out of yourself!
The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself,
the more energy you will have.
Norman Vincent Peale
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others
better than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests,
but also to the interests of others.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Fritz Perls (1893-1970)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand,
that He may lift you up in due time.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I don’t think change is stressful.
I think failure is stressful.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith;
Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you
- unless, of course, you fail the test?
And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.
2 Corinthians 13:5-6
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
You have not failed;
you have gained experience.
- Josemaría Escrivá
Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,
because we know that suffering produces perseverance;
perseverance, character; and character, hope.
And hope does not disappoint us,
because God has poured out his love into our hearts….
Monday, July 14, 2008
it takes neither heart nor
brains to do that.
Dwight L. Moody
"Stop grumbling among yourselves," Jesus answered.
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him,
and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Friday, July 11, 2008
when he is afflicted.
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 90:14,15; 91:1
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
Friday, July 04, 2008
No man is free who is not master of himself...
Is freedom anything else than the power of living as we choose?
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.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
"Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never.
Never…in anything great or small, large or petty –
never give in
except to convictions of honor and good sense."
-- Sir Winston Churchill
Let us not become weary in doing good,
for at the proper time we will reap a harvest
if we do not give up.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
"If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing,
then start to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking."
-- Lou Holtz
So then, those who suffer according to God's will should
commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
1 Peter 4:19
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
and step out boldly,
though it be into the night, and we can scarcely see the way
.Charles B. Newcomb
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.
So let us put aside the deeds of darkness
and put on the armor of light.
Let us behave decently….