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A Danger for Church Members

Be careful:  When you’ve been in church for a while and forgotten what it’s like to be on the outside, you can become hard-hearted and fail to show the love of God to those who need it.

(Word for You Today, Dec.-Feb., 2017-2018, p. 48)

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Resentment

Resentment is one of the most expensive luxuries you can indulge.  A deep-seated grudge eats away at your peace of mind like a deadly cancer destroying a vital organ.

(Word for You Today, Dec.-Feb., 2017-2018, p. 48)

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.

(Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord)

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Worship Is…

Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.  It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, nourishment of mind by His truth, purifying of imagination by His beauty, opening of the heart to His love, and submission of will to His purpose.  And all this gathered up in adoration is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.

(William Temple, Writings in St. John)

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Our Personal Contribution to Salvation

The only thing of my very own which I contribute to redemption is the sin from which I need to be redeemed.

(William Temple, Nature, Man and God)

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Idols of Health or Exhaustion

I do not mean to make an idol of health, but it does seem to me that at least some of us have made an idol of exhaustion.  The only time we know we have done enough is when we are running on empty and when the ones we love most are the ones we see the least.

(Barbara Brown Taylor, explaining why she celebrated a “Year of Jubilee” in 2000)

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Results of Repaying Evil with Evil

When we repay evil with evil, evil is all there is, in bigger and more toxic piles.  The only way to reverse the process is to behave in totally unexpected ways.

(Barbara Brown Taylor, God in Pain)

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Diamonds in the Dust

Always, love is a choice.  You come up against scores of opportunities every day to love or not to love.  You encounter hundreds of small chances to please your friends, delight your Lord, and encourage your family.  That’s why love and obedience are intimately linked–you can’t have one without the other.

(Joni Eareckson Tada, Diamonds in the Dust)

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Bringing Us Back to Christ

Being unselfish in attitude strikes at the very core of our being.  It means we are willing to forgo our own comfort, our own preferences, our own schedule, our own desires for another’s benefit.  And that brings us back to Christ.

(Charles Swindoll, Laugh Again)

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How We Respond

The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

(Charles Swindoll, Strengthening Your Grip)

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