New Leaves

Selah for: Dec 05, 2019

William P. Farley

There are no formulas to growing in joy, no easy shortcuts, because joy is always the fruit of a living, growing relationship with God. I am tempted every day to find joy in something other than God.… [But nothing can]… compete with the joy of loving and being loved by God.

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Selah for: Dec 04, 2019

Matt T. Friedeman

Those who have placed the reins of their lives in the guiding hand of the Master may give up control. But in its stead they will receive the guidance and protection of One whose vision is far higher than theirs.

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Selah for: Dec 03, 2019

Raymond L. Hayes

" …the church should not lose its perspective, lest it lose its relevancy in the modern world. 'The primary function of the church is the worship of God. Democracy, the arts, education and reform are but the by-products of the church.'” (Taken from the Orlando Sentinel Nov. 6 1967)

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Selah for: Dec 02, 2019

Gary L. Thomas

God is worthy of unceasing celebration. Jesus said at one point that if the crowds had not broken forth in praise, the rocks would have cried out (Lk. 19:40). God forbid that we get shown up by a bunch of rocks!

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Selah for: Nov 29, 2019

A.W. Tozer

Resurrection is not an improvement, not elevation; it is a new supernatural life lifting us from nothingness into God and making us partakers of the divine nature. It is a new creation. It is an infinite elevation above the highest plane. Let us refuse anything less than resurrection life.

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Selah for: Nov 28, 2019

The apostle Paul

'Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.' — I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Editor: Count your many blessings, name them one by one and see what God has done, you will definitely be surprised at His many blessings… in your life!

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Selah for: Nov 27, 2019

C.H. Spurgeon

I think that a better thing than thanksgiving is: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will.

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Selah for: Nov 26, 2019

A.B. Simpson

We have not a great many things to do, but just one. And that one thing is to love, for all these manifestations of the [fruit of the Spirit] are but various forms of love. Joy is love exulting; peace is love reposing; patience is love enduring; kindness is love with bowed head; goodness is love in action; faithfulness is love confiding; gentleness is love refined; and self- control is true self-love, so that the whole sum of Christian living is just loving.

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Selah for: Nov 25, 2019

Howard Baker

In Mk. 10:51 Jesus demonstrates the humble demeanor of the servant when He asks blind Bartimaeus, "What do you want me to do for you?" Unlike Jesus, I frequently presume to know what people need and base my serving on the agenda I set for them.… "How can I help you?" is the constant question of the humble servant. Imagine the impact this simple question would have on our children, our employers, our neighbors, and our friends. They may even begin to see Jesus, as Bartimaeus did.

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Selah for: Nov 22, 2019

Stuart McAllister

When Jesus said that we would know the truth, part of this truth is that we would know ourselves. That is, who and what we are, that something is indeed wrong, that something is wrong with us! We need help, we need healing, we need something to intervene in our lives to address the broken aspects. Sin is the biblical condition named to define this issue.… Though we often see the truth and maybe even at some level want the truth, we indeed cannot always handle it—at least, not without grace.

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Selah for: Nov 21, 2019

Helene Ashker

If I offer what I love to the Lord, he may indeed take it away-my husband, my children, my home, my career, my talents, my possessions. But God gave us everything we have anyway-not to exploit for ourselves, but to put at his disposal and use for his glory.

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Selah for: Nov 20, 2019

Oswald Chambers

The Sermon on the Mount is not a set of rules and regulations: it is a statement of the life we will live when the Holy Spirit is getting His way with us.

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Selah for: Nov 19, 2019

Ed Young

Prior to being reconciled—or “made one with”—God, we are at war, “enmity,” with Him. When peace is established, war is over. Jesus gives us peace with God, ending our state of enmity against Him. “I’ve made my peace with God,” some say as they contemplate death. But humans don’t establish that peace. An armistice in which no one wins is not true peace. Peace comes when there is a victor. Jesus conquered the enmity at the cross, and reconciled us to the Father. We are at peace with Him in Christ.

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Selah for: Nov 18, 2019

Arthur Joyce

God loves you with an everlasting love. He knew you when you were being formed in your mother's womb. And He sent His only Son to die for your sins. You are important to God and your life is precious in His sight. There is no other one who is just like you: you are special!

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Selah for: Nov 15, 2019

Thomas Sherman

You who can see no beauty in Christ, nor any glory in heaven—do you likewise see no flames in hell, and no hell in the loss of God? You, therefore, who cannot relish His presence—O tremble at His absence! And you who are not anxious to be with Him—O fear to be without Him!

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