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Feeling Sorry For Ourselves

Feeling sorry for yourself has been developed into an art form.  The whining and sniveling that wiser generations ridiculed with satire is give best seller status among us.

(Eugene Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is)

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People Who Pray

Those people who pray know what most around them either do not know or choose to ignore:  centering life in the insatiable demands of the ego is the sure path to doom…They know that life confined to the self is a prison, a joy-killing, neurosis-producing, disease-fomenting prison.

(Eugene Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is)

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A Common Trouble

The trouble with most of us is we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.

(Norman Vincent Peale)

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The Word Christian

I am always suspicious when the word Christian is employed as an adjective instead of a noun.  It is in such cases usually being used either to sell something or as an excuse for second-rate work, as though piety could make up for poor quality.

(Virginia Stem Owens, from “On Eating Words,” in the Reformed Journal)

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Who We Worship

When men stop worshiping God, they promptly start worshiping man, with disastrous results.

(George Orwell, an article for The Observer)

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Importance of Prayer

Prayer is political action.  Prayer is social energy.  Prayer is public good.  Far more of our nation’s life is shaped by prayer than is formed by legislation.  That we have not collapsed into anarchy is due more to prayer than to the police.

(Eugene Peterson, Where Your Treasure Is)

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Bearing With Others

The ministry of bearing with one another is learning to hear God speak through difficult people.

(John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted)

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Transformation

If we cannot be transformed, we will settle for being informed or conformed.

(John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted)

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Being On God’s Side

My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.

(Abraham Lincoln)

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Where Are Your Treasures?

Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world.  Why?  Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven.  Each day brings us closer to death.  If your treasures are on earth, each day brings you closer to losing them.

(Randy Alcorn)

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