Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
These all died in faith, not having received the promises,
but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them,
and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
so that we may listen more and talk less.
Zeno (c. 334-262 B.C.)
My dear brothers, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen,
slow to speak and slow to become angry,for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.
Do what it says.
James 1:19-20, 22
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
They simply mean there's a light shining somewhere nearby.
-Ruth E. Renkel
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
"I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
but will have the light of life."
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
Corrie ten Boom
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
that my heart may sing to you and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.
Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High,
and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me."
Friday, August 17, 2007
you'd think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.
Lewis Thomas (1913-1993)
Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!
Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
He has also established them forever and ever;
He has made a decree which will not pass away.
Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;
Both young men and virgins; Old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
Praise for all His godly ones; . Praise the LORD!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
having neither to weight thoughts nor measure words,
but to pour them out, just as they are, chaff and grain together,
knowing that a faithful friend will take and sift them,
keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
- George Elliot
...there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
He does promise, however, to change the way we look at them.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the powers,
against the world forces of this darkness,
against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God,
so that you will be able to resist in the evil day,
and having done everything, to stand firm.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
This is a question that I've asked many times. It's such a foolish question. How could God forget about one of his children? He can't.
We find David in distress in Psalm 13 (see below) and he's wondering how long he must endure his trials.
Yet, in verse 5, David finds the strength to carry on. His faith in the protection of God gives him strength and security and, in verse 6, he has quickly had his sadness turned to joy has he realizes what God has done for him.
My Daily Psalm
How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.
Psalm 13:1-2, 5
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
My dear brothers, take note of this:
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning
I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
and till the Lord take it in hand we steer in a false and foul way."
-- C.H. Spurgeon
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace,
along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22
Monday, August 06, 2007
And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Friday, August 03, 2007
If you plant for a year, plant grain.
If you plant for ten years, plant trees.
If you plant for a 100 years, plant men.
If you plant for eternity, plant the word.
Listen then to what the parable of the Sower means:
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
The streets of the City of Failure are paved with alibis
--some of which are absolutely perfect.
Harry A. Earnshaw
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame,
but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.
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