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April 23, 2018

In the beginning the Creator created . . . and mankind is responsibile for what has happened to creation since. 

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April 16, 2018
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.                
[Ralph Waldo Emerson] [READ MORE]


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April 9, 2018

What you do in the present—by painting, preaching, singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God's future.

[N. T. Wright]


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March 26, 2018

The preaching of the gospel awakens an intense resentment because it is designed to reveal my unholiness, but it also awakens an intense yearning and desire within me. God has only one intended destiny for mankind-holiness. His only goal is to produce saints.

[Oswald Chambers] [READ MORE]


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March 19, 2018

I am not a follower of Jesus Christ if I live with Him only in Bethlehem and Nazareth, and not in Gethsemane and on Calvary, too.  

[Brennan Manning] [READ MORE]


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March 12, 2018
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.   
—William Faulkner [READ MORE]


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March 5, 2018

God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through. [Francis Chan] [READ MORE]



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February 26, 2018

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.            

[Thomas Merton] [READ MORE]



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February 20, 2018

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.

[Henri Nouwen] [READ MORE]


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February 12, 2018

I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery.             

[Brennan Manning] [READ MORE]


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February 5, 2018

You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.                  

[N. T. Wright] [READ MORE]


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January 29, 2018

The true test of spirituality [is] in the freedom to live among people compassionately . . . Prayer frees us to be controlled by God.   

[Richard J. Foster] [READ MORE]


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January 22, 2018

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style             

[Maya Angelou] [READ MORE]


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January 15, 2018

The world desperately needs established, stable Christians who know who they are, Whose they are, and what they are to be and do.

[Lloyd John Ogilvie] [READ MORE]


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January 8, 2018

How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?

[Oscar Wilde] [READ MORE]


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January 2, 2018

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. 

[Thomas Merton] [READ MORE]


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December 18, 2017

You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.             

[Thomas Merton] [READ MORE]


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December 11, 2017

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.    

[John Bunyan] [READ MORE]


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December 4, 2017

Jesus matters because of what he brought and what he still brings to ordinary human beings, living their ordinary lives and coping daily with their surroundings. He promises wholeness for their lives. In sharing our weaknesses he gives us strength and imparts through his companionship a life that has the quality of eternity.   

[Dallas Willard] [READ MORE]


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November 20, 2017

We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.
[Francis Chan] [READ MORE]



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November 13, 2017

Never lose an opportunity for seeing anything that is beautiful; For beauty is God’s handwriting–a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, And thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.

[Ralph Waldo Emerson] [READ MORE]


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November 6, 2017

The ragamuffin gospel reveals that Jesus forgives sins, including the sins of the flesh; that He is comfortable with sinners who remember how to show compassion; but that He cannot and will not have a relationship with pretenders in the Spirit.             

[Brennan Manning] [READ MORE]


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October 31, 2017

I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.        

[A. W. Tozer] [READ MORE]


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October 23, 2017
If I do not reach out in this world to those with whom he has identified, why do I imagine that I will want to be with him, and them, in heaven? Why would I want to be for all eternity in the company of those I avoided every day of my life?
[Jim Forest] [READ MORE]


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October 16, 2017

I am with people who are poor in spirit. They teach me that being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and doing things together is more important than doing things alone.

[Henri J. M. Nouwen] [READ MORE]


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