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Unlike Disney and Universal Studios where fantasies come true but there is a cost to get in, God’s sanctuary city requires only a smile to affirm your faith in God’s grace to enter.
Who is willing to serve God seeking nothing in return? Is that not what God’s love with us reveals? …It is rare that anyone becomes so spiritually disciplined that they willingly release their “white knuckle grasp” upon their worldly treasures.
Commit our hearts unto patience to find comfort and then engage the crucible rather than pursue pleasure.
God created us in the image of himself. What would it serve to consult with another image of God? Have we not a unique knowledge of our creator within each of us?
Many, if not most, mature their faith (in God) as they grow beyond mere blind acceptance to a maturing, questioning of what and why we believe about God. However, each of us experiences a desire to connect with our Creator.
No matter how good you believe you have been and how hard you worked for God, your efforts will be your own downfall.
Live with no regrets, reserve and retreat as the sunrises each new day.
Champions do not focus on being better than others, but focus upon themselves, getting better everyday than they were yesterday.
How lonely is life when your only friend you share and care about is YOURSELF!
Family is God’s gift to us on Christmas!
The Christmas message presents a simple but eternally significant message that can reveal the chasm between the life and death choices that can mark our life.
What testimony do you believe you are casting about yourself to your friends? Our fight, finish and faith matters!
God has given us the victor Christ Jesus who shares his victory for all who follow him to the finish line of the race set before us. He alone offers us a victory that lasts! It is not a race that is run in competition with others or requires you finish in a certain record time – all this race requires is that you finish!
All good teachers feel connected to most of their students long after they go their separate ways.
“As iron sharpens iron”, means literally we help each other to become sharper. It symbolizes the challenge of relying on each other and keeping each other accountable. This is a clear trait of a committed Christian who is seeking to make a difference in the world today.
Many struggle to understand grace because they struggle accepting God’s grace in their own lives. They struggle in the joy of giving because they have not discovered the joy of God’s grace in their own life.
Will you take the time to tell him or her (yes, women can certainly be spiritual leaders and encouragers, just read your Bible.) how much you appreciate how they have inspired and encouraged you. Write a card, send a special gift, or just tell them face to face. We all need a special mentor from the church in our lives, do you?
Sadly, not everyone truly understands what and why they claim to believe. Therefore, they do not truly believe in the power of the gospel over their life, but they claim the salvation found in the gospel message.
We may even declare as Christians that we are only following the command of Christ, but if behind those words a sense of personal satisfaction or guilt resides, what is the real reason for ministering to others, is it genuine Christ-centered or self-centered service?
…we must understand that without Christ in us, our efforts would reek of human effort! Our life would be repulsive to not only God in heaven, but to those who we desire to connect to in this life.