Saturday, December 20, 2014

Put Your Trust and Faith in God Alone

"But this self-confident generation has produced more alcoholics, more dope addicts, more criminals, more wars, more broken homes, more assaults, more embezzlements, more murders, and more suicides than any other generation that ever lived. It is time for all of us to take stock of our failures, blunders, and costly mistakes. It is about time that we are putting less confidence in ourselves and more trust and faith in God." ~ Billy Graham

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Christian's Responsibility

"Our responsibility is to give the world the right impression of God.” ~ John Wesley

Christmas Means...

“Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.” ~ George McDougall

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Recognize the Possibilities

"You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope." ~ Thomas Merton

To be Trusted

"To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved." 
~ George MacDonald

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Do You Recognize Him?

"The incarnation is the irruption of God into human history: an incarnation into littleness and service in the midst of overbearing power exercised by the mighty of this world; an irruption that smells of the stable. The Son of God was born into a little people, a nation of little importance by comparison with the powers of the time. He took flesh among the poor in a marginal area—namely, Galilee; he lived with the poor and emerged from among them to inaugurate a kingdom of love and justice. That is why many have trouble recognizing him." ~ Gustavo Gutierrez 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Said the Robin to the Sparrow...

“Said the robin to the sparrow,
‘I should really like to know,
why these anxious human beings rush about and worry so.’
Said the sparrow to the robin,
‘Friend I think it must be
That that have no Heavenly Father,
Such as cares for you and me.’”
~Author Unknown

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pride Versus Humility

“The difference between pride and humility is this: Pride is the manifestation of a slave that is perpetually trying to prove that he has value. Humility is the manifestation of king that already knows he has value and has nothing to prove." ~ Justin Stumvoll 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

What Do You Want to be Saved From?

“Lukewarm people don't really want to be saved from their sin; they want only to be saved from the penalty of their sin.” ~ Francis Chan

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Where Is Your Treasure?

"We have lost all our possessions, but we still have our faith in Jesus." ~ an Iraqi Christian

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth,where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. ~ Matthew 6:18-20 (NIV)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Are You Living at Large (part 3)

Where are the "at large" places in our lives?  Where, in our thought life, our actions, our relationships, even our ministries, are we living outside of Him?  They're there, no matter how hard we try to ignore them.  Will we keep coming up to the truth, or will we, at last, really enter into it?  To live at large from Him is to be a Kingdom fugitive.  It's a life on the run, from Him.  Let's stop running from Him, and run to Him.  Let's go  "off line."  Living at large no longer.

Are You Living at Large (part 2)

"Jesus said that the Holy Spirit leads "into all truth."  Not up to truth, but into it.  How many of us have heard His voice speaking into such areas of life need, felt the conviction that His voice brings, resolved that we were going to act upon it, enter into it, yet in the end, remained in the exact same spiritual place?  We come up to the truth, but we don't enter into it.  We have good intentions, awareness of the need, even of what He desires for us, yet, a little time passes and there we are, still wrestling with the same problem, the same lack, the same sin.  We go on living at large, outside of, His will, His way, and His life.  We've gotten very comfortable there, and if we can deal with the occasional tweak of our conscience, we can eventually come to the place where we don't hear His voice, His truth at all.  We become hardened to it.  Small wonder then that so many of us can return to church services week after week, "hear" the same word preached and taught week after week, and yet continue to live at large from Him.  Just like the world."  ~ Pastor Gary O'Shell

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Are You Living At Large?

"I was struck by Jesus' words in John 14:18, "He is the Holy Spirit Who leads into all truth.  The world at large cannot receive Him, because it isn't looking for Him and doesn't recognize Him."  We who consider ourselves "believers" would understand those "at large" to be ones who are without Him, unbelievers.  Rarely, if ever, would we see ourselves as such.  Yet in reality, in how many life areas, are we living "at large" from His Life, His Spirit, His Way?" ~ Pastor Gary O'Shell

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Don't Worry...

"Don't worry about being effective. Just concentrate

on being faithful to the truth." ~ Dorothy Day