Origen of Alexandria Quote

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What good does it do me if Christ was born in Bethlehem once if He is not born again in my heart through faith.

From 1 Peter 1:  22-24:  “Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual affection, love one another deeply from the heart.  You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.  For all flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls.”

Origen of Alexandria (c. 185 – c. 253) was also known as Origen Adamantius.  He was a Christian scholar and theologian who spent the first half of his life in Alexandria (Egypt).

George Muller Quote

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The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.

From 1 Peter 1:6-7:  “ In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

German-born George Muller (1805-1898) was a Christian evangelist.  Later in his life, he and his wife spent 17 years involved with missionary travel throughout the world.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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My worth to God in public is what I am in private.  Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how humble.

From 2 Corinthians 5:6-9:  “So we are always confident, even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.

Seeds of Mercy

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Darkest valleys approach

Spirit walks within thee

Holding fast to one’s faith

Quieting stormy seas

 

God’s presence always breathes

Evil’s shadow will flee

Lighting path to follow

Building trust, setting free

 

Truth in Christ’s promises

In heaven and on earth

Hearing His divine Word

Bringing grace, life’s new birth

 

Righteousness dwells in heart

Never be left alone

Blessing seeds of mercy

Reaping what God has sown

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From Matthew 28:20:  “And teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

New Freedom

From Exodus 19:5:  “ Now, therefore, if you obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is Mine.”

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Obeying God’s law

All shall fall short

Darkness consumes

Flesh’s evil tort

 

Sowing falsehood’s seeds

Emptiness reigns

Corruption rules

Flesh’s sinful chains

 

Witnessing Jesus

Calvary’s death

Covenant breaks

Flesh’s final breath

 

Praising Risen Lord

New freedom’s call

Harvest ready

Grace building faith’s wall

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From Galatians 6:14-15:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to Me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything!”

Thomas Fuller Quote

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He does not believe who does not live according to his beliefs.

From Colossians 2:6-7:  “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) was an English preacher and historian.  

Lee Strobel Quote

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There’s a unique sense of fulfillment that comes when we submit our gifts to God’s use and ask Him to energize them in a supernatural way–and then step back to watch what He does.

From 1 Timothy 4:14:  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.”

Lee Strobel (born 1952) is an American Christian author.  Before accepting Jesus Christ, his former life revolved around investigative journalism.

Choosing Life

From Deuteronomy 30:11, 14:  “Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”

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Sowing faith’s seeds

Freeing from sin

Darkness recedes

New life begins

 

Guiding beyond

Walking with thee

Heavenly bond

Christ sets us free

 

Living with doubt

Leaving dark past

Grace reaches out

Divine broadcast

 

Singing with praise

Gospel’s new lease

Faith now ablaze

Bringing Christ’s peace

 

Bearing life’s woes

Moving each heart

Love always shows

Righteous jumpstart

 

Mercy abounds

Choosing life now

Seeking high ground

Christ shows us how

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From Deuteronomy 30:19-20:  “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and holding fast to Him, for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

A. W. Tozer Quote

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The deeper into the heart of God I go, the more the Enemy will oppose me, bu the more God will draw me.  The Enemy may be strong, but his strength is limited, whereas God’s grace has no limit.  

From Ephesians 2:8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.”

Overcoming Life’s Insurmountable: Wilma Rudolph

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A select few face overwhelming challenges in life.  Encouraged with a heart filled with perseverance, these trailblazers adopt an attitude where “Can” outplays “Can’t.”

Olympics track star Wilma Rudolph overcame many obstacles in her life to achieve ultimate adoration for her speed and grace.

From the words of Wilma Rudolph:  “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit.”

Born in 1940, Wilma was born in St. Bethlehem, Tennessee.  She was part of a large family with 21 siblings.  Facing a challenging life in the segregated South, she found athletics to be her path forward in life.

However, before Wilma pursued basketball and later track, she faced major hurdles because of health issues.  Born prematurely, she endured bouts with double pneumonia, scarlet fever, and polio.  Her weakened left leg required her to wear a brace, and some doctors didn’t expect her to ever be able to run.

Wilma remembered her childhood journey with these words:  “My doctors told me I would never walk again.  My mother told me I would.  I believed my mother.”

Eventually, her leg grew stronger, and the brace thankfully disappeared.  She became active in sports during her high school years.  She was recruited by the legendary track coach at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Ed Temple.

While still in high school, Wilma qualified for the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.  At age 16, she was the youngest athlete on the U.S. team.  As a member of the 4 x 100 meter relay, she earned a bronze medal.

After high school graduation, Wilma moved on to Tennessee State.  This natural, gifted runner prepared and trained to return to the Olympics in 1960 at Rome, Italy.  Nicknamed “Skeeter” by her teammates, Wilma was more than ready to compete.

At the Rome Olympics, Wilma became the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympics.  Competing individually in the 100 and 200 meters, she overwhelmed the other competitors for two gold medals.  Wanting her teammates to also earn a cherished gold medal, Wilma anchored the winning 4 x 100 meter relay.

Accolades for Wilma continued to pour in following her Olympics’ exploits.  Because of her speed, beauty, and grace, the Italian press nicknamed her “The Black Gazelle.”  The Associated Press awarded her Female Athlete of the Year in 1960 and 1961. 

Wilma retired from competition in 1962.  She fulfilled her dream of earning a college degree.  For a few years, her post-athlete life included teaching, coaching, and working with underprivileged children.

The story of this African-American girl overcoming polio, poverty, and racism became a film, “Wilma,” which was released in 1977. 

The following video shares a few highlights of Wilma Rudolph’s life and Olympic career.