Lord, make us sensitive to those around us. That we might see the hurting and be an agent of healing. That we might see the fallen and lift them. That we might listen to words of wisdom. That we might dare to care instead of walking away. That we might risk misunderstanding to help others. Grant, O Lord, that our love like yours would go right through to the very end. In the name of Jesus who knows us fully and loves us anyway, Amen.
July 26, 2015
As long as we stay in control of everything and life is good and we are in excellent health and our marriage is fine and our children are doing well and we have a good job and our friends love us and we don’t have a problem in the world, as long as that is true, when people look at us, they will barely see the light within. But let the “clay pot” be broken, then the the light of Jesus can be clearly seen.
July 25, 2015
"As I look back on this road I've traveled, I see so many times he carried me through; If there's one thing that I've learned in my life, My Redeemer is faithful and true." Steven Curtis Chapman
July 24, 2015
If we are serving the Lord, we don’t need to brag and we certainly don’t need to try to put down anyone else to make ourselves feel better.
July 23, 2015
"The man that knows he is nobody, God will make somebody." Charles Spurgeon
July 22, 2015
"No man will go wrong who follows Christ." William Evans
July 21, 2015
Almighty God, increase my faith so that I might believe without wavering that you are greater than all my problems. Amen.
July 20, 2015
The world has no answer to a life radically changed by Jesus Christ. The world may answer our arguments, but it cannot answer the power of God let loose in the human heart.
July 19, 2015
"Without thee I cannot live, and I dare not die." Peter Marshall
July 18, 2015
"Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me, And on His shoulders gently laid, He home rejoicing brought me." Henry W. Baker
July 17, 2015
Grace means no one is too bad to be saved. It also means no one is too good to be saved.
July 16, 2015
"'Poor tempest-tossèd soul, be still; My promised grace receive'; ’Tis Jesus speaks—I must, I will, I can, I do believe." John Newton
July 15, 2015
Grace must be free or else it is not grace at all. Free grace? Of course. What other kind could there be?
July 14, 2015
“To make a man a saint, grace is absolutely necessary and whoever doubts it, does not know what a saint is or what a man is.” Blaise Pascal
July 13, 2015
"Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;. Buried, He carried my sins far away. "Rising, He justified freely forever; One day He’s coming—oh, glorious day!" J. Wilbur Chapman
July 12, 2015
One key to happiness is to make fewer promises but then to keep the ones you make. All of us would be happier if we followed that simple rule.
July 11, 2015
"I know who goes before me I know who stands behind The God of angel armies Is always by my side." Chris Tomlin
July 10, 2015
Only God knows how much he can accomplish through us. All he asks is that we surrender our little contribution to him and then watch what he can do with it.
July 9, 2015
My Lord, help me to be a "sunlight" Christian who makes it easy for others to believe in you. Amen.
July 8, 2015
When a Christian dies, don’t say, “We lost him.” Christians go to heaven. After all, a thing isn’t lost if you know where it is.
July 7, 2015
In the end 99% of life turns out to be humdrum. Yet out of the humdrum God is weaving a beautiful unseen pattern.
July 6, 2015
"My Father’s way may twist and turn My heart may throb and ache, But in my soul I’m glad to know, He maketh no mistake." A. M. Overton
July 5, 2015
"Thy love divine hath led us in the past, In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way." From "God of Our Fathers" by Daniel C. Rogers. Written in 1876 to commemorate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence.
July 4, 2015
"Now, if one does not believe what the Church teaches, or, for now at least, even if one does believe those teachings but is prepared to be completely silent about them, one is safe—one can still be a comfortable Christian. In other words, a tame Christian, a Christian who is ashamed of the gospel—or who is willing to act publicly as if he or she were ashamed—is still socially acceptable. But a Christian who makes it clear that he or she is not ashamed must be prepared to take risks and make sacrifices." Robert P. George
July 3, 2015
We’re like little children who won’t let go of the marble in order to receive a diamond. “No, I won’t give up my weekend affair for eternal joy.” “Trade a broken marriage and a failed career for peace and forgiveness? Forget it.” “Give up my drug addiction and be forgiven for all my sins? No way.” “I can replace my anger and bitterness with peace and contentment? I can’t take the chance. Sorry.” No wonder we stay the way we are. We’re trapped in the pit of a thousand excuses.
July 2, 2015
"God wants us to pray because he wants to answer." George Murray
July 1, 2015
"We hold to what Jesus taught us, in continuity with the prophets before him, the apostles after him, and two millennia of Christian witness ever since. To ask us to give up our sexual ethic is to ask us to find a different Lord and a different Christ. Where else can we go? We believe that we follow the One who has the words of life. If we have to choose between social acceptance and Jesus, we’ll choose Jesus." Russell Moore
June 30, 2015
"Bring your doubts Bring your fears Bring your hurt Bring your tears There'll be no condemnation here." From "Greater" by MercyMe
June 29, 2015
When God forgives, he removes our sins, he lifts them up, he takes them away, and he puts them so far away from us that we could never find them if we searched for them for a thousand years. They are gone forever.
June 28, 2015
Father, I pray for a teachable spirit today so that I might learn something from the difficult people in my life. Amen.
June 27, 2015
"'Tis a gift to be simple, 'tis a gift to be free, 'Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be." From "Simple Gifts," 1848
June 26, 2015
God’s mercy is not like the weather. It does not change with the seasons.
June 25, 2015
"In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart." John Bunyan
June 24, 2015
"Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea." Reginald Heber, 1861.
June 23, 2015
"Christ has no velvet crosses." Samuel Rutherford
June 22, 2015
“But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). Here Joshua speaks as the God-appointed leader of his family. He claims the right to speak for his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, and even for his servants. “As the leader of this clan, I hold their proxy in my hand. I hereby declare that my entire household will serve the true and living God.” Every Christian man ought to make a similar statement about the family God has given him.
June 21, 2015
The whole Christian life in 11 words: What God demands, he provides. What we receive, we give away.
June 20, 2015
When the memory of your sin overwhelms you, remember also that Jesus says, "You are my child. My blood covers your sins. You are welcome in heaven forever. Come and enter my Kingdom."
June 19, 2015
"I was dead in the grave I was covered in sin and shame I heard mercy call my name He rolled the stone away." Matt Maher
June 18, 2015
"The world never burned a casual Christian at the stake." John R. Rice
June 17, 2015