Thursday, May 31, 2012

True Beauty

"A woman of true beauty is a woman who in the depths of her soul is at rest, trusting God because she has come to know him to be worthy of her trust." ~ Stasi Eldredge

Spiritual Health Requires Proper Nourishment

"We also need a regular systematic study of the Scriptures. We cannot maintain our spiritual life without it any more than we can maintain our physical bodies without proper nourishment." ~ G. Campbell Morgan

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Respect Parents

“It is imperative that a child learns to respect his parents—not to satisfy their egos, but because his relationship with them provides the basis for his later attitude toward all other people.” ~ James Dobson (from his book ~ "The New Dare to Discipline")

Giving Vs. Keeping

"God doesn't look at just what we give. He also looks at what we keep." ~ Randy Alcorn

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Pray Without Ceasing

"God's command to "pray without ceasing" is founded on the necessity we have of his grace to preserve the life of God in the soul, which can no more subsist one moment without it, than the body can without air." ~ John Wesley


‎"Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like God to say, 'What are you doing?'" ~ J.C. Ryle


"Racism is not only an injustice toward men, but a rejection of God's own character - it is our liking only certain things about God and rejecting others." ~ Randy Alcorn (unpublished notes)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Go Tell the World!

"Our world throws up barriers to His message, but, He will make a way. He has given powerful tools such as media broadcasts to penetrate the deepest, darkest points on our planet. When He is on our side, nothing stands in our way." ~ Brian Utter (Author of "Nothing Stands in Our Way")

Transform Our Culture

“If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.” ~ Chuck Colson


"We only learn to behave ourselves in the presence of God." ~ C.S. Lewis

Sunday, May 27, 2012


"Don’t let worship be stagnant in your life. Take the experience with you. Follow through on the inspirations, prayer requests, and spiritual challenges." ~ C. Jean


"Believe God's Word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences." ~ Samuel Rutherford

Saturday, May 26, 2012

What is a Church?

"One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always." ~ A W. Tozer

Friday, May 25, 2012

Education Not Required

"There never was a child that required schooling or education in order to learn deceitfulness, sensuality, passion, self-will, gluttony, pride, and foolishness. These things are not picked up from bad companions, or gradually learned by a long course of tedious instruction. They spring up of themselves, even when boys and girls are brought up alone. The seeds of them are evidently the natural product of the heart. The aptitude of all children to these things is an unanswerable proof of the corruption and fall of man. Now when this heart of ours is changed by the Holy Ghost, when this natural love of sin is cast out, then takes place that change which the Word of God calls “repentance.” The man in whom the change is wrought is said to “repent.” He may be called, in one word, a “penitent” man." ~ J.C. Ryle

The Greatest Impact...

"The greatest impact on a family is the center around which it is built and constructed." ~ Toler

Whose Servant Are You?

“Youth is the time when our passions are strongest—and like unruly children, cry most loudly for indulgence. Youth is the time when we have generally our most health and strength: death seems far away, and to enjoy ourselves in this life seems to be everything. ‘I serve lusts and pleasures’, that is the true answer many a young man should give if asked, ‘Whose servant are you?’” ~ J.C. Ryle

The Head of a Household

"When the Lord Jesus Christ is the head of a household, there is a better opportunity for cohesiveness and unity." ~ Toler

Prayer Is...

"Prayer is the lifeblood of an intimate relationship with the Father." ~ Dr. Charles Stanley

Prepare for Life's Greatest Certainty ~ Death

"Talking about death won't bring it a moment sooner. But it will give us opportunity to prepare for what lies ahead. If life's greatest certainty is death, wouldn't it be foolish not to prepare for what lies beyond this life? Any life that leaves us unprepared for death is a wasted life." ~ Randy Alcorn (The Law of Rewards)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Be Beautiful

‎"The beautiful remains so in ugly surroundings." ~ Chazal

And might just become more beautiful ~ Robin

He has made everything beautiful in its time. ~ Ecclesiastes 3:11a

Neglect Leads to...

‎"It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear." ~ J.C. Ryle

Deep Transformation

"There is no transformation more deep or mysterious than when the Holy Spirit takes up residence within and begins to shine through. You are softer and lovelier than ever, yet you have never been stronger or more certain and direct. You are becoming an amalgamation of all the facets of woman that God intended for when he created Eve." ~ Kristen Armstrong (as Quoted in "Every Body Matters" by Gary Thomas)

Actions Speak Loudest

‎"God wants us to do more than intellectually agree with the words of Scripture: He wants us to live in light of them" ~ Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle ("Erasing Hell")

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Christian Womanhood

‎"The deepest root of Christian Womanhood is hope in GOD. She doesn't put hope in her husband or in getting one, and she doesn't put her hope in her looks." ~ John Piper

What Matters?

“I’ll tell you one of the most wonderful things about being a Christian is that I don’t ever get up in the morning and wonder I’m not doing anything today or if what I do matters. I live everyday to the fullest because I can live it through Christ and I know no matter what I do today, and it may just be in my prayer time, I’m going to do something to advance the Kingdom of God. Now does that make you fulfilled? You bet it does! And it gives you joy about living.” ~ Chuck Colson

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Home Education

"We are not trying to do School at Home.

We are trying to do HOMESCHOOL.

These are two entirely different propositions.

We're not trying to replicate the time, style or content of the classroom.

Rather we're trying to cultivate a lifestyle of learning in which learning takes place from morning until bedtime 7-days a week.

The "formal" portion of each teaching day is just the tip of the iceberg."

~ Steve and Jane Lambert (Five in a Row)

Master It!

‎"When all your favorite preachers are gone, and all their books forgotten, you will have your Bible. Master it. Master it." ~ John Piper

You Are...

"Don't let your insecurity rule your life. Know who you are as a daughter of the King! When you feel inadequate according to the world's view; you are not believing who God your creator says you are!" ~ E.M. Bowman

What Did Jesus Pray For?

“We have to pray the same things that Jesus prayed for. He prayed that we would all be one. He prayed for unity—that there would be such an intense love. That’s going to lead to revival when the church really takes on those humble characteristics of Christ. It really does start with us and the way the family of God interacts with one another.” ~ Francis Chan

Monday, May 21, 2012

Live as If...

‎"Early on I came to believe that you should learn as if you were going to live forever, and live as if you were going to die tomorrow. What does this mean? In the simplest way, I would explain it like this. Always be learning, acquiring knowledge, and seeking wisdom with a sense that you are immortal and that you will need much knowledge and wisdom for that long journey ahead. Know that when you are through learning, you are through. But I want to live that life as if I were going to die tomorrow: with relish, immediacy, and the right priorities. I also will not waste even a minute." ~ John Wooden ("Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court")

Examine Your Heart

‎"Examine your own hearts. Do you see any habit or custom which you know is wrong in the sight of God? If you do, don't delay for a moment in attacking it. Resolve at once to lay it aside. Nothing darkens the eyes of the mind so much, and deadens the conscience so surely, as an allowed sin. It may be a little one, but it is not any less dangerous." ~ J.C. Ryle

God's Love Never Fails

‎"Diappointment and failure are not signs that God has forsaken you or stopped loving you. The devil wants you to believe God no longer loves you, but it isn't true. God's love for us never fails." ~ Billy Graham

Simply Devoted

"He wants all or nothing. The thought of a person calling himself a "Christian" without being a devoted follower of Christ is absurd." ~ Francis Chan

It's My Desire

"If God doesn't want something for me, I shouldn't want it either. Spending time in prayer, getting to know God, helps align my desires with God's." ~ Kevin Seymour

Discipline Your Body

"Discipline, for the Christian, begins with the body. We have only one. It is this body that is the primary material given to us for sacrifice. We cannot give our hearts to God and keep our bodies for ourselves." ~ Elizabeth Elliot

What Is Revival?

“Revival is a supernatural movement of God in response to the repentance of His people.” ~ Rick Warren

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Bitter Waters Sweet

"An evidence that our will has been broken is that we begin to thank God for that which once seemed so bitter, knowing that His will is good and that, in His time and in His way, He is able to make the most bitter waters sweet." ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss (A Place of Quiet Rest)

Chief Business of Faith

‎"To believe in God is to 'let God be God.' This is the chief business of faith. As we believe we are allowing God to be in our lives what He already is in Himself. In trusting God, we are living out our assumptions, putting into practice all that we say He is in theory so that who God is and what He has done can make the difference in every part of our lives.” ~ Os Guinness

Be the Church

“Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t a building. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.” ~ Bridget Willard

Make the Trade

‎"Whenever you surrender the most precious areas of our life to God, it's like trading in a pile of worthless peebles for a truckload of precious jewels." ~ Leslie Ludy

Condition of the Heart

‎"Conduct is the grand test of character. Words are one great evidence of the condition of the heart." ~ J.C. Ryle

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV 1984)

3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)

Actions of Love ~ Feelings of Love

"Our culture says that feelings of love are the basis for actions of love. And of course that can be true. But it is truer to say that actions of love can lead consistently to feelings of love. Love between two people must not, in the end, be identified simply with emotion or merely with dutiful action. Married love is a symbiotic, complex mixture of both. Having said this, it is important to observe that of the two – emotion and action – it is the latter that we have the most control over. It is the action of love that we can promise to maintain every day." ~ Tim Keller

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Conviction Not Condemnation

‎"...the Spirit brings conviction, but never condemnation. Godly conviction produces Godly repentance whereas worldy guilt produces a crippling spiritual paralysis that prevents us from seeing God's grace for the sake of His wrath. What we forget is that that wrath has been dealt with, and the only concern that God has for our sin is in abolishing it from our lives, not rubbing our noses in it. The latter comes only from the enemy." ~ Erik Lauren Mayle

Read the Bible Daily

‎"Read the Bible daily. Make it part of your everyday business to read and meditate on some portion of God’s Word. Gather your manna fresh every morning. Choose your own seasons and hours. Do not scramble over and hurry your reading. Give your Bible the best, and not the worst, part of your time. But whatever plan you pursue, let it be a rule of your life to visit the throne of grace and the Bible every day." ~ J.C. Ryle

Opportunities to Praise

“Parents should always watch opportunities to offer genuine, well-deserved praise to their children.” – From Dr. James Dobson’s The Strong-Willed Child

Wisdom from Above

“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18 ESV

Repentance Means...

"Repentance means that we are honest about our sin and we do whatever God asks us to do by His Spirit to deal with that sin." ~ Erwin Lutzer

Friday, May 18, 2012

What Sin Does...

"Sin, in its stark-naked reality, essentially calls God a liar: 'Your way isn't the best way. You want to deny me something that is good. You're misleading me as to how I should live.' The reason we need to look at our rebellion in all its ugliness is so that our thinking can be changed. Paul says we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2)." ~ Gary Thomas (Every Body Matters)

Suffered With Us

"though we don’t know the reasons why he allows it to continue, he can’t be indifferent or uncaring, because the Christian God (unlike the gods of all the other religions) takes our misery and suffering so seriously that he is willing to get involved with it himself. On the cross, Jesus suffered with us." ~ Tim Keller

Parents Teach Them to Obey

"Parents, determine to make your children obey you, though it may cost you a lot of trouble, and cost them many tears. Let there be no questioning, and reasoning, and disputing, and delaying. When you give them a command, let them clearly see that you expect them to do it." ~ J.C. Ryle (Raising Godly Children)

In the Process

‎"We are in the process of being unveiled. We were created to reflect God's glory, born to bear his image, and he ransomed us to reflect that glory again. Every heart was given a mythic glory, and that glory is being restored. Remember the mission of Christ: 'I have come to give you back your heart and set you free.' For as Saint Irenaeus said, 'The glory of God is man fully alive.' Certainly, you don't think the opposite is true. How do we bring God glory when we are sulking around in the cellar, weighed down by shame and guilt, holding our light under a bushel? Our destiny is to come fully alive. To live with ever-increasing glory. Your heart bears a glory, and your glory is! This is our desperate hour!" ~ John Eldredge (Waking the Dead)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Audience of One

"There is something unspeakably solemn in the thought that the Lord Jesus knows all things. There is an eye that sees all our daily conduct. There is an ear that hears all our daily words. All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him, with whom we have to do. Concealment is impossible. Hypocrisy is useless. We may deceive ministers. We may impose upon our relations and neighbors. But the Lord sees us through and through. We cannot deceive Christ." ~ J. C. Ryle

Greatest Gift to a Church

“The greatest gift a church can receive is to have a group of families who take their responsibilities with such Christian seriousness that they are willing to completely alter their lifestyle to raise up disciples for Jesus Christ.” ~ Abraham Kuyper

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Choices, Choices, Choices...

"Everything is a choice for us...we can decide to put junk into our hearts, minds and bodies or we can choose t things that nourish and strengthen our hearts, minds and bodies. Not everything that helps us is pleasant during the process, like exercise for is hard while doing it, but when we are done we feel stronger and more equipped to meet our challenges of the day. God's Word nourishes and equips us to do all things that bring HIM glory and benefit us." ~ Robin

Desire His Will

"High King of Heaven, though I live on earth, I desire your will to be done in my life as it is done in heaven. I will join my song with those of saints and angels in a hymn of unending praise: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord; heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory to you, O Lord. Amen." ~ John Wesley

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Opportunities in Parenting

‎"A great way to handle your emotions when a child violates the rules of the house is to remember the Lord is giving you these opportunities to once again show them their sin and their need for a Savior." ~ James McDonald


"All education is self-education. Period. It doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in a college classroom or a coffee shop. We don’t learn anything we don’t want to learn." ~ Marc and Angel

Trinkets Are Temporary

Every item I add to my possessions is one more thing to think about, talk about, clean, repair, display, rearrange, and replace when it goes bad. Acquiring a possession may also push me into redefining my priorities, making me unavailable for ministry. “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). ~ Randy Alcorn

‎19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~ Matthew 6:19-21 (ESV)

We ARE Inadequate

"We are weak. We are inadequate. We are poor at best, but we have this limitless supply of the grace and the Spirit of God available to meet our needs, and it never ever, ever, ever runs out." ~ Nancy Leigh DeMoss

What He Is Up To...

‎"God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to." ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Monday, May 14, 2012

Well-Adjusted People...?

“If you read Scripture carefully, you will never get the idea that the work of Christ is for well-adjusted people who just need a little redemptive boost. It never presents any human condition or dilemma as outside the scope of the gospel. Redemption is nothing less than the rescue of helpless people facing an eternity of torment apart from God’s love.” ~ Paul David Tripp (from Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands)

Profit-Oriented Tendency

“In the West we have a tendency to be profit-oriented, where everything is measured according to the results and we get caught up in being more and more active to generate results. In the East -- especially in India -- I find that people are more content to just be, to just sit around under a banyan tree for half a day chatting to each other. We Westerners would probably call that wasting time. But there is value to it. Being with someone, listening without a clock and without anticipation of results, teaches us about love. The success of love is in the loving -- it is not in the result of loving.” ~ Mother Teresa (A Simple Path)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Most Beautiful Women

"The most beautiful women I've ever observed are those that have exchanged a self-focused life for a Christ-focused one. They are confident, but not in themselves. Instead of self-confidence, they radiate with Christ confidence." ~ Leslie Ludy

Mom ~ On Call 24/7

‎"Mothers are always on call, expected to have all the answers and limitless energies. They’re supposed to do everything; it’s taken for granted. How can you be and do everything expected of you? What you need is a habitual sense of the presence of God. Think that Almighty God, who created the stars and keeps the seasons revolving in perfect rhythm, is there in your kitchen, in your bathroom, in the laundry room, in the grocery store. Mothers, be prepared for an arduous struggle. Your calling is impossible without prayer, the comfort and instruction of the Scriptures and fellowship in your church.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Teach Your Children...

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings." ~ Ann Landers

Mom Challenge

Something for moms to consider: 30 Day Mom Challenge as we celebrate Mother's Day.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Where is Your Mission Field?

"At the very heart of the gospel is sacrifice, and there is perhaps no occupation in the world so intrinsically sacrificial as motherhood. Motherhood is a wonderful opportunity to live the gospel.

Jim Elliot famously said, 'He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.'

Motherhood provides you with an opportunity to lay down the things that you cannot keep on behalf of the people that you cannot lose. They are eternal souls, they are your children, they are your mission field."

~Rachel Jankovic

What is the Church for?

"The church is not a restaurant for spiritual gourmets, cultivating a discerning taste for food from the pulpit. It is a military post for soldiers. When every Christian is serving, all strife ceases, because a pulling horse never kicks." ~ Pastor Kevin Seymour

Friday, May 11, 2012

What is Stewardship?

"When we come to Christ, God puts all his resources at our disposal. He expects us to put all of ours at his disposal. That's stewardship." ~ Randy Alcorn (from his book ~ Managing God's Money)

American Church Culture?

"Soon I realized I was on a collision course with an American church culture where success is defined by bigger crowds, bigger budgets, and bigger buildings. I was now confronted with a startling reality: Jesus actually spurned the things that my church culture said were most important.

I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves."

~ David Platt (Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream)

Do You Want the Power of God?

"At the very moment I stop excusing my sin is when I start experiencing the power of God." ~ Lysa TerKeurst

Be Interested in Others

"There’s a difference between not gossiping and looking for ways to speak highly of others; between paying clerks and thanking them for waiting on us; between paying employees and asking how they are, being interested in them." ~ B. Brown

Do Something...

"When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it." ~Howe

Covenant Keeping Love

"So it is with marriage. It is a momentary gift. It may last a lifetime, or it may be snatched away on the honeymoon. Either way, it is short. It may have many bright days, or it may be covered with clouds. If we make secondary things primary, we will be embittered at the sorrows we must face. But if we set our face to make of marriage mainly what God designed it to be, no sorrows and no calamities can stand in our way. Every one of them will be, not an obstacle to success, but a way to succeed. The beauty of the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church shines brightest when nothing but Christ can sustain it." ~ John Piper

Marriage Is Not...

"Marriage is not mainly about prospering economically; it is mainly about displaying the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his church. Knowing Christ is more important than making a living. Treasuring Christ is more important than bearing children. Being united to Christ by faith is a greater source of material success than perfect sex and double-income prosperity." ~ John Piper

Cheap Christianity?

‎"A cheap Christianity, without a cross, will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown." ~ J.C. Ryle

All Your Desires

"Hand it over to me, the whole outfit, all of your desires, all of your wants and wishes and dreams. Turn them ALL over to me, give yourself to me and I will make of you a new self—in my image." ~ C.S. Lewis

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Who Are You?

“It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Prepare Them for Heaven

“A true Christian must not be a slave to what’s currently ‘in-fashion,’ if he wants to train his child for heaven. He must not be content to teach them and instruct them in certain ways, merely because it is customary, or to allow them to read books of a questionable sort, merely because everybody else reads them, or to let them form bad habits, merely because they are the habits of the day. He must train with an eye to his children’s souls. He must not be ashamed to hear his training called odd and strange. What if it is? The time is short—the customs of this world are passing away. He that has trained his children for heaven, rather than for the earth—for God, rather than for man—he is the parent that will be called wise in the end.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Church Buildings

"We want places so plain that every board will say welcome to the poorest." ~ Phineas F. Bresee

God Is Sovereign in All

"Attempts to minimize God’s sovereignty in suffering deny the testimony of Scripture and destroy the hope of sufferers." ~ David Platt

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


"When a woman holds her voice for a season, it gives her the ability to gain control of herself, to choose her words carefully, to pray and seek guidance, to journal her facts, thoughts, ideas, opinions, and intuitions, and to present all to her husband in an orderly fashion. This is not being passive; this is demonstrating her strength. It may appear to an onlooker that she is passive, but in reality she is exercising intelligence, discernment, and Spirit-control by presenting her concern in private when both are calm and she is prepared." ~ Glenda Hotton

Always...An Audience of One

As Randy Alcorn has often said...we always perform for an audience of One...God sees and knows all...‎

"Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like God to say, 'What are you doing?'" ~ J.C. Ryle

Be Rich in...

"What we keep we will lose. What we give and share and do in Christ’s name will ultimately come back to us in heaven, in a far better and permanent form. “Command them…to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)." ~ Randy Alcorn

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

We Will Outrun TBI

"And brain injuries and cancer will never make their way into heaven. We'll outrun them, in the end." ~ Ian & Larissa Murphy

No Wasted Years

‎"There is no unproductive time in God’s economy. What seems like wasted years, aren’t. God is always doing something, teaching you something, preparing you for something. If you miss what God has put in front of you right now, you won’t be ready for the next thing when the time is right." ~ Glynnis Whitwer

On Your Knees

"The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe." ~ Dwight Lyman Moody

Call Sin ~ Sin

"Modern Christians, especially those in the Western world, have generally been found wanting in the area of holiness of body. Gluttony and laziness, for example, were regarded by earlier Christians as sin. Today we may look on these as weaknesses of the will but certainly not sin. We even joke about our overeating and other indulgences instead of crying out to God in confession and repentance." ~ Jerry Bridges

May God Be Glorified

"God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him." ~ John Piper

Motherhood is Delightful

‎"Communicate the delighting things about motherhood—and they’re there if you’re willing to look for them—and other moms will come to you like moths to a flame because they don’t want to talk about the drudgery anymore." ~ Erin Davis

Awakening Our Souls

"It is prevenient grace—the Holy Spirit—that draws us, awakening our souls to the need for God." ~ Leclerc

Monday, May 7, 2012

God-Centeredness Vs. Self-Centeredness

"The lack of God-centeredness leads to self-centeredness. Sin celebrates its middle letter s-I-n." ~ Max Lucado

Picture of Your Heart

‎"Let your words be the genuine picture of your heart." ~ John Wesley

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~ Ephesians 4:29 (NIV 1984)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Are You in the Waiting Room or the Workroom?

‎"What seems to you like a pointless or even painful 'waiting room' may be God's most productive workroom." ~ Holly Furtick

Value Systems

“The church has been brought into the same value system as the world: fame, success, materialism and celebrity. We watch the leading churches and the leading Christians for our cues. We want to emulate the best known preachers with the biggest sanctuaries and the grandest edifices. Preoccupation with these values has perverted the church’s message.” ~ Chuck Colson

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Greatest Fear...

“Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.” ~ Francis Chan

Holy People...

"Holy people disagree, but they don’t destroy. Holy people desire to connect people with Christ, not condemn people in Christ." ~ N.G. Gunter

Friday, May 4, 2012

In Light of Eternity...

Without a doubt, the single greatest contributor to our inability to see money and possessions in their true light is our persistent failure to see our present lives through the lens of eternity. “But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’”(Luke 12:20). ~ Randy Alcorn (from "Money, Possessions and Eternity")

What Does God Require?

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. ~ Micah 6:8 NIV

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Day of Pentacost

"The tragic fact is that many Christians have not had their day of Pentecost. They live in spiritual futility rather than Christlike fruitfulness. The mind of self is more evident in them than the mind of Jesus." ~ Greathouse

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reward from the Devil

“Hell is the highest reward that the devil can offer you for being his servant." ~ Billy Sunday

Self-Centered People

"People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

Shortness of Time

"Men of wealth and position we have in most churches. These, by virtue of their station have a work to do which those of lower worldly position cannot so well reach. But, alas! how few rich men are willing to be answerable to the responsibilities of their position, and in faithfulness remind their neighbors, rolling in luxury and ease, of the necessity of living in preparation for eternity, in view of the shortness of time and the reckonings of the last day!" ~ Phoebe Palmer (Four Years in the Old World, 1867.p. 157-8)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Times of Difficulty...

"Your times of difficulty gives you an opportunity, you wouldn't have otherwise, to demonstrate sacrificial love to God by ministering to Him instead of attending to your own pressing needs." ~ Pastor Kevin Seymour

Marriage Trials

"In marriage we will encounter trials and each day has different hurdles to jump, but if we allow God to use the trials to strengthen our marriage we will only get stronger as a couple and grow closer to our spouse!" ~ Natalie Morris

Thy Kingdom Come...

"How many Christians are there who pray every Sunday in church, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done!" without ever realizing the spiritual implications of such intercession! What are we praying for? Should we edit that prayer so that it becomes a confrontation: "My kingdom go, Lord; let Thy kingdom come!" Certainly His kingdom can never be realized in my life until my own selfish kingdom is deposed. It is when I resign, when I am no longer king of my domain that Jesus Christ will become king of my life." ~ A. W. Tozer

True Repentance...

‎"True repentance begins with KNOWLEDGE of sin. It goes on to work SORROW for sin. It leads to CONFESSION of sin before God. It shows itself before a person by a thorough BREAKING OFF from sin. It results in producing a DEEP HATRED for all sin." ~ J.C. Ryle