A Message From the Maker

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God sings his love to you in birdsong.
God smiles at you in maple trees.
God charms you with the color green.
He gave you eyes to see sunsets,
ears to hear rainfall, a nose to smell a rose.
God’s massive love appears in small fragments.
God is loving you in these moments,
even if you don’t know it.

– James Bryan Smith,
The Magnificent Story

Choose Life

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 Indeed we can rest content in
the full assurance that nothing harms
or destroys us but the wrong use of that
liberty of choice which God has entrusted to us.
Choose any life but the life of God
and you choose death.

– William Law,
(1686-1761)

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An Unshakeable Kingdom

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The world’s ways of responding to the intimations of decay is to engage equally in idiot hopes and idiot despair. On the one hand some new policy or discovery is confidently expected to put everything right: a new fuel, a new drug, detente, world government. On the other, some disaster is as confidently expected to prove our undoing. Capitalism will break down. Fuel will run out. Plutonium will lay us low. Atomic waste will kill us off. Overpopulation will suffocate us, or alternatively a declining birth rate will put us more surely at the mercy of our enemies.

In Christian terms, such hopes and fears are equally beside the point. As Christians we know that here we have no continuing city, that crowns roll in the dust and every earthly kingdom must sometime flounder, whereas we acknowledge a king men did not crown and cannot dethrone as we are citizens of a city of God they did not build and cannot destroy.

–Malcolm Muggeridge

Not Just For Tombstones

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A Steadfast Hope

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We pray for God to be merciful in our distress.
We weep with those who weep.
We suffer with those who are suffering.
We use wisdom and take necessary precautions.
But we also lift up our heads in confidence.
We have a hope that neither death nor life,
nor viruses nor sagging economies can touch.
We are not promised that we will survive
the coronavirus, but we are promised that
we will survive something far worse, the curse
that falls on those who don’t know God.
And we can’t look into the future and predict
what will happen next on the world stage.
Still, we as Christians have an anchor.
Our God is a mighty fortress.

– Tom Schreiner

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Made Strong By Joy

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To Good To Believe?

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We’ve become too polite. We don’t laugh and cry with God. We’ve forgotten the excitement of the Good News. What greater sign of the extraordinary, lavish marvellous love of God than the incarnation! God so loved the world and all of us in it that God himself came to live with us as one of us! Is it so good that we’re afraid to believe it?

– Madeleine L’Engle

Beauty & Brokenness

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In the beauty of the world,
we are to see God’s existence.
In the brokenness of the world,
we are to see God’s justice.
As we do, we run back to the place
where we see God’s mercy:
the cross.

– Timothy Keller

Well Anchored

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Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
Will your anchor drift or firm remain?

We have an anchor that keeps the soul
Stedfast and sure while the billows roll,
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

– Priscilla J. Owens

The Word On The Tree

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The children of Adam . . . nailed God in Flesh to a tree.
The sky grew black. The earth shook in horror.
And He spoke. God spoke.
At our very worst, He spoke the very best.
His Word on the tree: “Father, forgive.”
And there we stop… and begin.

–Peter Hiett

Almost Beyond Belief

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An astounding Story…
a virgin-born babe,
a carpenter-Creator,
a foot-washing King,
a crucified God,
a hollow tomb,
a Lion-Lamb,
a glorious hope.

Cross Examined

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The Creator of the universe was willing to suffer everything in order that the nails which harpooned and bloodily smashed the human life in which he was expressing himself might also pin down our wandering thoughts and stab our consciences awake.

– David Edwards

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The Unveiling of God

5936efd26f73e.imageThere on the cross is displayed the glory, the wisdom, the righteousness, the love, the justice, and the power of God (1 Cor. 1:18-31). And none of it looks anything like what you’d expect. Would you ever have thought a man dying on a cross was the definition of love? Yet this is how we know what love is (1 Jn. 3:16).

Would you ever have looked at the miscarriage of justice that was his trial and imagined that there, above all, is displayed the perfect justice of God? Yet God did it to demonstrate his justice (Rom. 3:26).

Would you ever have dreamed that the Almighty would make the definitive display of his power there, nailed to a cross between common criminals? There seems to be nothing powerful about that man in the throes of death. Yet, hanging there, he is crushing the head of the Serpent, tying up the strong man, driving out the prince of this world, destroying death, putting the spiritual powers to open shame and triumphing over them. On the cross we see true, pure power, used as it should be: to bless…

Adam sought knowledge from the tree, and died; Christ died on his tree and won for us a knowledge altogether more wonderful: the knowledge of God. In other words, on the cross we are given not only the sweet salvation of God but the counterintuitive revelation of God.

– Michael Reeves,
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Safe Arrival

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When Doors Close

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A Prayer Saturated Life

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Don’t seek to develop a prayer life — seek a praying life. A “prayer life” is a segmented time for prayer. You’ll end feeling guilty that you don’t spend more time in prayer. Eventually you’ll probably feel defeated and give up. A “praying life” is a life that is saturated with prayerfulness — you seek to do all that you do with the Lord.

– Dallas Willard

Surrendering To Love

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He cannot bless us unless he has us.
When we try to keep within us an area
that is our own, we try to keep an area of death.
Therefore, in love, He claims all.
There’s no bargaining with him.

– C. S. Lewis,
The Weight of Glory

I gave my life to Jesus about a thousand times

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Measureless Mercy

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Mercy will live longer than your sin,
longer than temptation,
longer than your sorrows,
longer than your persecutors.

–John Bunyan

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A Strong Hope

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“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul…”
(Heb. 6:19)

Hope is more than feeling.
Hope is more than experience.
Hope is more than foresight.
Hope is a command.
Obeying it means life, survival,
endurance, standing up to life until
death is swallowed up in victory.

–Juergen Moltmann

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Joy and Delight

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Christ is not only a remedy for your weariness and trouble, but he will give you an abundance of the contrary, joy and delight. They who come to Christ, do not only come to a resting-place after they have been wandering in a wilderness, but they come to a banqueting-house where they may rest, and where they may feast. They may cease from their former troubles and toils, and they may enter upon a course of delights and spiritual joys.

–Jonathan Edwards

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Expelling the Darkness

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The soul that rises from sin to devotion
may be compared to the dawning of the day,
which at its approach does not expel
the darkness instantaneously
but only little by little.

– Francis de Sales

Rooted in the Love of God

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 Won’t the awareness that
God loves us no matter what lead to
spiritual laziness and moral laxity?
Theoretically, this seems a reasonable fear,
but in reality the opposite is true…
The more rooted we are in the love of God,
the more generously we will live our faith.

–Brennan Manning,
Lion and Lamb

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Isaiah says that the child
to be born would have:

1. The ability to carry the government faithfully.
2. The wisdom to counsel us wonderfully.
3. The might to uphold us powerfully.
4. The tenderness to father us eternally.
5. The peace to heal the world majestically.

–Rich Villodas

 

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