New Leaves

Selah for: Nov 13, 2018

Scripture Reference

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.' <small>(Lamentations 3:22-23 ESV)</small>

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Selah for: Nov 12, 2018

Arthur Joyce

A woman was driving through a school zone when a policeman pulled her over for speeding. As he was giving her the ticket, she said, "How come I always get a ticket, and everyone else gets a warning? Is it my face?"
"No, ma'am," said the officer. "It's your foot."
We may like to live without accountability and consequence. But, such is not real life. "Each one of us will give an account of himself to God" (Rom. 14:12)

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Selah for: Nov 09, 2018

Debbie Vik

Family is important but everyone needs a "friend" outside the family, especially when you move into the "golden years." You never know what may happen to your family (or mate) and find yourself alone. Friendships developed in the good times bear fruit in the bad/mad/sad times.

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Selah for: Nov 08, 2018

Debbie Vik

Friendship is important. Christians tend to concentrate on other Christians. But it's important that every Christian develop at least one non-Christian friend. God opens all kinds of doors to let our light shine when we develop a friend relationship with a non-Christian.

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Selah for: Nov 07, 2018

Debbie Vik

Whatever changes may come your way …handle them with grace. Let your light shine out that your life is in Christ!

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Selah for: Nov 06, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Several days ago I was traveling from the East side of Michigan to the West side. While driving I was listening to some songs sung by various people in the church that I pastored before my retirement. One of those songs truly blessed me and seemed to be just right for the time I was experiencing. …sometimes we think what we do has little effect. But, there are times when we discover that our actions are far-reaching into the future for either the good or bad. Let's make sure that present actions carry good results …even into the future!

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Selah for: Nov 05, 2018

Darrow Miller

The prosperity gospel is not the true gospel. It’s simply a veneer of Christ talk over a core of modern materialist culture. It is crass materialism wrapped in religious language.

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Selah for: Nov 02, 2018

Arthur Joyce

Romans 13:14 says, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts." Have you ever given thought as to what it means to "make no provision for the flesh"? The scripture tells us that the flesh can't please God because the flesh wars against the Spirit. So, the flesh can't fight the spiritual fight. If we are trying to train our flesh for spiritual warfare, we will fail every time. Instead we must make every provision for the spirit.

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Selah for: Nov 01, 2018

A.B. Simpson

God calls us to victory. Have you given up the conflict, have you surrendered? Have you said, 'This thing is too much?' Have you said, 'I can give up anything else but this?' If you have, you are not in the land of promise. God intends that you accept every difficult thing that comes into your life. He has started with you, knowing every difficulty, and if you dare to let Him, He will carry you through not only to be a conqueror but 'more than conquerors.'

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Selah for: Oct 31, 2018

Thomas a Kempis

The teaching of Christ is more excellent than all the advice of the saints, and he who has His spirit will find in it a hidden manna. Now, there are many who hear the Gospel often but care little for it because they have not the spirit of Christ. Yet whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.

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Selah for: Oct 30, 2018

David (the Psalmist)

Psalm 103:8-10, "The LORD is compassionate and gracious, Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. He will not always strive with us; Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities."

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Selah for: Oct 29, 2018

Blaise Pascal

Cold words freeze people, and hot words scorch them, and bitter words make them bitter, and wrathful words make them wrathful. Kind words also produce their own image on men's souls; and a beautiful image it is. They smooth, and quiet, and comfort the hearer.

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Selah for: Oct 26, 2018

Max Lucado

Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.

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Selah for: Oct 25, 2018

C.H. Spurgeon

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.

(Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.")

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Selah for: Oct 24, 2018

Ron Moore

Wherever you are today, God is with you. Discouraged, depressed, devastated by life’s event? God is with you. Broken-body, broken-hearted, broken-spirit? God is with you. Moving too fast, moving too slow, on hold? God matches your pace. At a crossroad wondering which way to go? Let His hand guide you. Living with fear, dread, anxiety? Let His hand of peace hold you fast. Even if you want to run from God, there is no use trying. You will always run right into His presence.

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