New Leaves

Selah for: Jan 25, 2021

Ray Stedman

'There are two attitudes toward life that are possible, and you can have only one or the other. …One attitude is to save your life now: hoard it, clutch it, cling to it, grasp it, try to get hold of it for yourself, take care of yourself, trust yourself, see that in every situation your first and major concern is, What's in it for me? That is one way to live, and millions are living that way today.'

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Selah for: Jan 22, 2021

Johnson Oatman, Jr.

1) When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done!

2) Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly And you will keep singing as the days go by

3) So, amid the conflict, whether great or small Do not be disheartened, God is over all! Count your many blessings, angels will attend Help and comfort give you to your journey's end!

(ed: Go ahead! Sing it loud and strong! No matter what may come, God's blessings never cease!)

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Selah for: Jan 21, 2021

Asaph

Lord … "I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." (Psalm 73:23-26 - ESV)

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Selah for: Jan 20, 2021

John Grogan

Some people are always getting ready to begin to commence to get started perhaps maybe tomorrow. Always getting ready to live but never really living! To always live in the future is fantasy. To reside in the past is sad. But to fail to seize today is tragic. Yesterday's a cancelled check, tomorrow is a promissory note; only today is legal tender.

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Selah for: Jan 19, 2021

Sam Storms

"Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me" (Psalm 139:5 KJV). God surrounds us. His knowledge has us hemmed in. We are enveloped by his loving care. We cannot turn back and so escape him, for he is behind; we cannot go forward and out-march him, for he is before. He not only beholds us, but he besets us [ed: The Hebrew word suggests that He surrounds us, He is on every side of us, He hems us in, and He is always beside us! What a comforting thought!).

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Selah for: Jan 18, 2021

A.W. Tozer

Our motives in the Christian life should be both right and genuine. God is the Faithful One. We are to love Him and serve Him because He is God—not because of the gracious things He does for us or for the rewards He promises us!

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Selah for: Jan 15, 2021

Thomas Watson

Keep your heart as you would keep a Garden. Your heart is a garden (Song of Solomon 4:12); weed all sin out of your heart. Among the flowers of the heart, weeds will be growing—the weeds of pride, malice, and covetousness: these grow without planting and cultivating. Therefore be weeding your heart daily by prayer, examination, and repentance.

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Selah for: Jan 14, 2021

The apostle Paul

Many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself (Philippians 3:18-21).

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Selah for: Jan 13, 2021

Thomas Sherman

Do not be anxious to understand the secrets of God. Do not pick the lock to which He has allowed no key. He who will be scanning every cloud—may be smitten with a thunderbolt; and he who will labor to pry into God's secrets—may be overwhelmed with his judgments!

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Selah for: Jan 12, 2021

Ryan Hoselton

God deliberately designed the church as a body rather than a spiritual battery plug station because he wants his children to grow together in Him. He nourishes the church body as a whole, and He grows each individual member in order to serve the welfare of the rest of the body. If we fail to play our role and serve the body with the gifts that God’s given to us, the rest of the members would suffer just like a body would suffer without an eye.

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Selah for: Jan 11, 2021

Ray Stedman

Our worth before God is not simply something we receive once, by faith, at the beginning of our Christian lives. It is also something we remind ourselves of every time we feel depressed, despairing, discouraged, defeated, etc. God has loved us, restored us, and we have perfect standing in his sight. He already accepts us and loves us as much as he possibly can; nothing more can be added to it.

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Selah for: Jan 08, 2021

A.B. Simpson

Are you missing what belongs to you? Jesus has promised to sanctify you. He has promised sanctification for you by coming to you Himself and being made of God to you sanctification. Jesus is our sanctification. Having Him, we have obedience, rest, patience and everything we need. He is alive forevermore.

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Selah for: Jan 07, 2021

Thomas Sherman

Worldly desires always leave us empty; either we do not obtain that which we covet—or we are dissatisfied with that which we obtain! But he who thirsts after heavenly things, is always filled—and the more he receives, the more he desires.

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Selah for: Jan 06, 2021

P.T. Forsythe

Unless there is within us that which is above us, we shall soon yield to that which is about us.

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Selah for: Jan 05, 2021

C.S. Lewis

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is, of course, that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life — the life God is sending one day by day.

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