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To Be Grateful

To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything He has given us–and He has given us everything.

(Thomas Merton)

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Thank God

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God such men lived.

(George S. Patton)

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Gratitude for Others

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

(Albert Schweitzer)

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God Became Man To…

God became man to turn creatures into sons; not to simply produce better men of the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.

(C.S. Lewis)

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The Ultimate Makeover – Step Seven – Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9

What do you think it means to be “sons of God?”  Naturally this conjures up ideas of being part of a family or being related to them in some way.  In this particular context to be called “sons of God” involved something even deeper.  When someone was called a “son of,” it meant the person was to be like that individual.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  In other words they would be like God.  The whole point of the ultimate makeover is for each one of us to be more and more like Jesus.  To be like Jesus we do have to be humble, we have to be broken over our sin, we have to be gentle or meek, we have to hunger and thirst after righteousness, we have to be merciful, we have to be pure in heart and we have to be peacemakers.

Throughout our lifetime we have witnessed countless politicians, elected leaders and concerned citizens work overtime to achieve a peaceful resolution to some crisis fraught with rancor and division.  If we are going to be like God, being a peacemaker is not optional.  We live at a time when many people are peace loving, but they are not peacemakers.  There is huge difference in loving peace and being one who seeks to make peace with others.  Since God’s peace transcends or goes beyond anything we can dream or imagine, we understand how essential it is for us to be peacemakers.  To obtain mercy we have to show mercy.  To see God we have to possess a cleansed, pure heart.  To be like God we have to be committed to seeing God’s peace at work in our lives no matter where He places us.  Peacemakers do realize the source of genuine peace, they actively look for and work at ways to get along with others and they lead people to experience lasting peace in Jesus.

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The Greatest Legacy

A tribute to my late father, Don Wilson, who would have been 89 yesterday, and to Steve Cooper, my late brother-in-law, who would have been 63 today, for living lives of character and faith!

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

(Billy Graham)

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Finding Rest

In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest.  All He asks is that we come to him, occupying ourselves with Him–totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence.

(Chuck Swindoll)

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Trials Teach Us

Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.

(Charles Spurgeon)

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Our Identity

If our identity is in our work, rather than Christ, success will go to our heads, and failure will go to our hearts.

(Timothy Keller)

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God’s Plans

God’s plans undo what I’ve done that’s undoing me.

(Craig Lounsbrough)

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