From the Bible (Elfchen Series #41)

Discipleship

Darkness

Jesus beckons

Come, follow Me

His path leading to

Light

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Cleansing

Selfish

Sinful heart

Trusting our Lord

Creating new, clean heart

Restoration

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Love

God’s

Divine passion

Caring and transforming

His Son’s atoning sacrifice

Salvation

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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Maturity assists us in viewing life through a much clearer lens.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated January 15)

Charles Stanley Quote

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Repentance is prompted by the Holy Spirit:  He brings conviction concerning sin so that we’re encouraged to depend on Jesus’ righteousness.

From Luke 24:46-47:  “And He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.'”

E. M. Bounds Quote

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Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God.

From Matthew 17:20:  “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith.  For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.'”

Daily Blessings

From Ephesians 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”

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Accepting life’s ongoing gifts

Filling wonder, never adrift

 

Marveling at heavens above

Inspiring vastness of God’s love

 

Walking in righteousness with God

Comforted by His love, unflawed

 

Looking ahead, with peace and hope

Holding tightly to God’s firm rope

 

Treating others with words which say

Sharing compassion’s rich bouquet

 

Gathering strength for life’s travels

Trusting God, nothing unravels

 

Listening to deepest feelings

Surveying each moment’s meaning

 

Receiving mid-course corrections

Hearing God’s faithful directions

 

Sailing in darkness, never cursed

Navigating by God, headfirst

 

Achieving goals, each passing day

Tasting our Lord’s hope-filled buffet

 

Tackling challenges without fear

Taking risks, with God set to steer

 

Stepping forward beyond life’s dreams

Following each path as God deems

 

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From 1 Corinthians 10:16:  “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ?  The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?”

E. Stanley Jones Quote

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You can build up a set of good habits so that you habitually take the Christian way without thought.

From 1 Corinthians 15:33-34:  “Do not be deceived:  ‘Bad company ruins good morals.’  Come to a sober and right mind, and sin no more; for some people have no knowledge of God.  I say this to your shame.”

Our Father’s Goodness

From 2 Peter 1:5-7: “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

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Our Father’s goodness

Glory, God and King

Bless and praise His name

Mighty greatness sings

 

Through generations

Honor His great deeds

Infinite goodness

God’s faithful Word leads

 

Glorious splendor

Kingdom never ends

Eternal, Holy

Wondrous works, God sends

 

From Psalm 145:8-9The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”

His greatness declares

Lord everlasting

Praising righteousness

Mercies broadcasting

 

Cries, our Father hears

From darkness, redeemed

He stands, always near

God’s goodness, esteemed

 

Truth, call upon God

Grace, freely given

Love, witness a Cross

Sins, now forgiven

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are ‘God keeps His word.'”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Scripture is a treasure trove of God’s thoughts.  Spend time there every day–starting today–to discover new truths and insights.

From 2 Timothy 3:16-17:  “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.”

Faith’s Cornerstones (Elfchen #40)

Passages

Listen

Life’s surroundings

Hearing God’s peace

Sharing blessed, warmest transitions

Faith

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Promise

Precious

Holy moment

Holy Child’s birth

Holy Father’s glory revealed

Gift

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Guidepost

Promised

Holy Spirit

Sin’s righteous judgement

Steering us to follow

Truth

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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God never opens doors that have been closed.  He opens other doors, but He reminds us that there are doors which we have shut, doors which need never have been shut.

From Luke 19:42:  “[Jesus weeps over Jerusalem] As He came near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, ‘If you, even you, had only recognized on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.'”