New Leaves

Selah for: Jul 30, 2020

J.R. Miller

The only thing that walks back from the tomb with the mourners and refuses to be buried is the character of a man. This is true. What a man is, survives him. It can never be buried.

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Selah for: Jul 29, 2020

Ron Hutchcraft

"Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:39). That's my anchor. The one relationship that is disease-proof, disaster-proof, death-proof. A love I don't deserve but I cannot lose. A love dramatically proven when Jesus died on a cross to absorb the awful penalty for me rejecting God's rule of my life. If He didn't turn His back on me when He was dying for my sin, He never will. And His resurrection three days later more than validated His power to beat even death. That's an anchor that holds.

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Selah for: Jul 28, 2020

The apostle Peter

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)

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Selah for: Jul 27, 2020

T.A. McMahon

The very thought that he could entice the Lord, his Creator, to "fall down and worship" him (Matthew 4:9) demonstrates not only his egotistic ambition but also just how self-absorbed and self-deceived he is. This is a major trait of humanity as well.

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Selah for: Jul 24, 2020

Charles Premkumar

"Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty that we will not serve you gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18)

Tenacity, Audacity, Grit, Guts and Nerve Personified - that’s what they were. Men …of courage, character and conviction. Where did they go? Where are such men today?

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Selah for: Jul 23, 2020

Eugene L. Clark

All things are possible,' this is His Word. Receive it, 'tis written for you: Believe in His promises, God cannot fail, For what He has said, He will do.

Nothing is impossible when you put your trust in God; Nothing is impossible when you're trusting in His Word. Hearken to the voice of God to thee: 'Is there anything to hard for Me?' Then put your trust in God alone and rest upon His Word; For ev'rything, O ev'rything, Yes! ev'rything is possible with God.

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Selah for: Jul 22, 2020

T.J. Addington

There is nothing we can do to cause God to love us more, and there is nothing we can do to cause God to love us less. We live and exist in His pure, unrelenting, and infinite grace. That means we can relax in our relationship with Him. We are worthy of Him because He has made us worthy. We are called His friends and His brothers because He has made us family. When we come to understand His grace, we can stop striving for His love and acceptance because through His grace we live in His love and acceptance all the time.

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Selah for: Jul 21, 2020

The apostle James

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)

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Selah for: Jul 20, 2020

Billy Graham

Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence.

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Selah for: Jul 17, 2020

Os Guinness

Instead of viewing the problem from the vantage point of faith, the doubter views faith from the vantage point of the problem. Instead of faith sizing up the problem, the situation ends with the problem scaling down faith. The world of faith is upside down, and in the topsy-turvy reality of doubt, a problem has become god and God has become a problem.

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Selah for: Jul 16, 2020

J.C. Ryle

Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, "Show it to Me." Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, "What are you doing?

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Selah for: Jul 15, 2020

James Dobson

One of the most important responsibilities in the Christian life is to care about others, smile at them, and be a friend to the friendless.

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Selah for: Jul 14, 2020

God, The Lord

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV)

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Selah for: Jul 13, 2020

John Ortberg

Your Mission starts where you are, not where you think you should be. Sometimes we're tempted to think that our current position/job/situation is a barrier to our mission, but, in fact, it is where it starts.

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Selah for: Jul 10, 2020

Os Guinness

The story of Christian reformation, revival, and renaissance underscores that the darkest hour is often just before the dawn, so we should always be people of hope and prayer, not gloom and defeatism. God the Holy Spirit can turn the situation around in five minutes.

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