Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christ's Preeminence

"If Christ is truly preeminent in our lives, then we will glorify Him by keeping pure, by enjoying fellowship with other saints, by loving each other at home and being faithful at work, and by seeking to witness for Christ and serve Him effectively. Unless doctrine leads to duty, it is of no use to us."

Be Complete (page 25), Warren Wiersbe

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Not in Vain

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places." (Habakkuk 3:17-19, ESV)

Sometimes all our work seems in vain. The trees have been planted. The crops have been sown. The work has been done. The long hours have been put in. And yet, nothing. No fruit. No results. Not even the faintest sign of a green leaf. Was it all in vain? Was the work worth it?

Take hope. The story is not yet finished. God is still at work. Be faithful in your service. Keep on plodding. Put one foot in front of the other. Keep planting God's word in your life and in the lives of others. It will not return empty. God is the source of our strength. Rejoice in Him. His name will be glorified.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Reacting with Grace

Because I have access to God's grace through Christ, God's grace needs to spill out of my life day by day.

This is then evidenced in how I interact with others. I am no better than anyone else. We are all created in the image of God. If you are a believer, we have equal standing before Christ.

On the merit of those two facts, I have no reason to consider myself better than you. That means that there is no room for prejudice, harmful criticism, or arrogance in my interactions with you. I need to respond to others graciously -- extending the benefit of doubt and undeserved favor to you.

I'm not saying I have achieved this, but this needs to be my goal. And the way I cultivate this goal is to become increasingly more aware of God's grace towards me.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Be Still

The wind is blowing,
rocks are crashing,
yet the Lord is not there.

The earth is quaking,
boulders are shaking,
yet the Lord is not there.

The fire is raging,
smoke is billowing,
yet the Lord is not there.

Out of the turmoil
after the conflict
quietly comes the voice of the Lord.

"I am still God.
I still control the earth;
I still control the nations.

Even through the storms,
even through the wars,
I am still God.

"Be still. Know Me.
I am with you.
I know you. I still have use for you.

"Be still. Follow Me.
I, the Lord over all,
Am working out My perfect plan."

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grace

by Carolyn Hamlin

Lord, as I seek your guidance for the day,
I find my thoughts unyielding: confusion clouds my way,
But, then when I bow to you, the challenges you guide me through,
Your promises are ever new: I claim them for today.

Your will cannot lead me where your grace cannot keep me.
Your hand will protect me: I rest in your care.
Your eyes will watch over me: Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering, I still will find you there.

Each new day’s design is guided by your hand,
And graciously revealed as I seek your Master plan.
Keep my footsteps faithful when from you I go.
Return me to the joy that your blessings can bestow.

Your will cannot lead me where your grace cannot keep me.
Your hand will protect me: I rest in your care.
Your eyes will watch over me: Your love will forgive me.
And when I am faltering, I still will find you there.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Prose of Romance

"Perhaps, after all, romance did not come into one's life with pomp and blare, like a gay knight riding down; perhaps it crept to one's side like an old friend through quiet ways; perhaps it revealed itself in seeming prose, until some sudden shaft of illumination flung athwart its pages betrayed the rhythm and the music, perhaps… perhaps… love unfolded naturally out of a beautiful friendship, as a golden-hearted rose slipping from its green sheath."

Anne of Avonlea, Lucy Maud Montgomery

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