Friday, July 3, 2015

THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM

The real fire within the builders of America was faith - faith in a Provident God whose hand supported and guided them: faith in themselves as the children of God...faith in their country and its principles that proclaim man's right to freedom and justice.


-- Dwight David Eisenhower, Abilene Homecoming, June 4, 1952




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Thursday, July 2, 2015

ACCEPTING THE GIFT


"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 NLT)

Here's the key to the life God intends for us: not that we work as servants with salvation as our wage, but that we live in relationship with God as children to a Father who has already said, "I accept you! I accept you! You are accepted!"

Have you accepted God's acceptance of you?

-- Adam Hamilton in Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It


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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SURROUNDED BY NOURISHMENT

One spring our family was driving from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa, Florida. As far as the eye could see, orange trees were loaded with fruit. When we stopped for breakfast, I ordered orange juice with my eggs. "I'm sorry," the waitress said. "I can't bring you orange juice. Our machine is broken." At first I was dumbfounded. We were surrounded by millions of oranges, and I knew they had oranges in the kitchen - orange slices garnished our plates. What was the problem? No juice? Hardly. We were surrounded by thousands of gallons of juice. The problem was they had become dependent on a machine to get it.


Christians are sometimes like that. They may be surrounded by Bibles in their homes, but if something should happen to the Sunday morning preaching service, they would have no nourishment for their souls. The problem is not a lack of spiritual food but that many Christians haven't grown enough to know how to get it for themselves.


-- Leroy Eims in The Lost Art of Disciple Making




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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIVINE REVELATION

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." (Psalm 119:105 NLT)


You meet a thousand times in life with those who, in dealing with any religious question, make at once their appeal to reason, and insist on… rejecting [what] lies beyond its sphere -- without, however, being able to render any clear account of the nature and proper limits of the knowledge thus derived,… I would invite you, therefore, to inquire seriously whether such persons are not really bowing down before an idol of the mind, which, while itself of very questionable worth, demands as much implicit faith from its worshipers as divine revelation itself.


-- Theodor Christlieb




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Monday, June 29, 2015

THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES


The more you have to circle something in prayer, the more satisfying it is spiritually.  And, often, the more glory God gets.

Until recently, I wanted God to answer every prayer ASAP.  That is no longer my agenda.  I don’t want easy answers or quick answers because I have a tendency to mishandle the blessings that come too easily or too quickly.  I take the credit or take them for granted.  So now I pray that it will take long enough and be hard enough for God to receive all of the glory.  I’m not looking for the path of least resistance; I’m looking for the path of greatest glory.  And that requires high-degree-of-difficulty prayers and lots of circling…

When you live by faith, it often feels like you are risking your reputation.  You’re not.  You’re risking God’s reputation.  It’s not your faith that is on the line.  It’s His faithfulness.  Why?  Because God is the one who made the promise, and He is the only one who can keep it.  The battle doesn’t belong to you; it belongs to God.  And because the battle doesn’t belong to you, neither does the glory.  God answers prayer to bring glory to His name, the name that is above all names.

-- Mark Batterson in The Circle Maker


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