Jim Cymbala Quote

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Looking back over my life, all I can see is mercy and grace written in large letters everywhere.  May God help me have the same kind of heart toward those who wound or offend me.

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

Jim Cymbala (born 1942) is an American pastor and Christian author.  He firmly believes that God will share His goodness in our lives.

Andrew Murray Quote

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Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer.

From James 5:15-16:  “The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a South African Christian pastor, writer, and teacher.  He believed that Christians should always place a great emphasis on maintaining a rich, personal devotional life.

Receiving Fresh Start

From Isaiah 43:2:  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

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Storm’s surging rage

Turning away from sin

Transgressions now forgiven

Lighting faith within


Light leads our way

Stirring righteous feelings

Freed from enemy’s facade

Praising truth’s dealings


Living water

Quenching believers’ thirst

God’s glory reigning supreme

Seeing hope dispersed


Every new day

Serving merciful Lord

Countless opportunities

Calling, come aboard


Father’s guidance

Flowing from grace-filled heart

Future course plotted and set

Receiving fresh start

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From Isaiah 43:25:  “I alone am the one who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”

Always With Us

From Colossians 1:12-14:  “Giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.  He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

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Life’s challenging journey

Filled with traps of despair

Father always with us

Pulling each from evil’s snare


Life’s tormenting voices

Dragged into darkest seas

Father always with us

Catching mercy’s faithful breeze


Life’s foolish decisions

Swayed by misplaced actions

Father always with us

Forgiving sin’s transactions


Life’s pride overflowing

Drowned amongst false idols

Father always with us

Responding to His bridle


Life’s unforgiving walk

Misguided force’s fraud

Father always with us

Walking with transforming God


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From 1 John 1:8:  “ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Monday Memories: Total Surrender

From Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”


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Are we truly walking in Christ?

With a new life, born again

Follow Jesus, He paid our price


True sanctification will come

Only from burial of an old life

Known as “white funeral” to some


Baptized into Christ, the Holy Son

Baptized into His death

With His death, victory is won


Through the confirmed Resurrection

We humbly come to a Holy God

His defining purpose, brings reflection


God is leading, always out front

Facing trying times of adversity

Our duty shall be, always to confront


Come to almighty and loving God

Sanctify a promise with the Father

God’s will be done, by His rod


When Christ forever defeats the Cross

His lasting, living Resurrection offers

“Walking in newness of life,” without loss


To Jesus, surrender these sinful ways

Hear Him, accept Him, follow Him

Ask for His forgiveness, without delay


Mighty God of angel armies leads

His righteousness marches with us

Filling a hungry soul, His Word feeds


Freed from sin, obedient to God

Wages of sin only bring death

Accept Jesus, He overcomes all odds

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From the words of Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher Oswald Chambers:  “No one enters the experience of entire sanctification without going through a “white funeral”–the burial of the old life.” 

Originally published February, 2020.

Accepting His Challenge

From Micah 6:1-2:  “Hear what the Lord says:  Rise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.  Hear, you mountains, the case of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has a case against His people, and He will contend with Israel.”

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Speaking to His wayward flock

God issues new covenant

Echoing across valleys

Scaling each lofty mountain


Hearing God’s divine message

Called, accepting His challenge

Following with trust, grace speaks

Stepping from darkness to light


Watching from heaven above

God’s righteousness brings justice

Sowing seeds of repentance

Turning man away from sin


Praying for God’s forgiveness

His Rock, man shall climb in faith

Seeing empty tomb’s mercy

Walking every day with Christ

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From Micah 6:8:  “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and to walk humbly with your God?”

Life’s Center

From Colossians 3:12:  “Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”

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Living as God’s chosen

Accepting mercy’s grace

Forgiveness, divine gift

Choosing love to embrace


Filling self with kindness

Blessing this very day

Forgiveness, without strings

Following Father’s way


Bearing with each other

Sharing God’s priceless gift

Forgiveness, pass it on

Healing each heart adrift


Receiving peace of Christ

Dwelling deeply within

Forgiveness, Spirit fills

Transforming life of sin


Praising with gratitude

Walking with humble steps

Forgiveness, life’s center

Repenting each misstep

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From Colossians 3:13-14:  “Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Jesus of Nazareth had a magnificent obsession:  the cross.  His death on the cross was no afterthought on God’s part but rather, the fulfillment of the Father’s predetermined plan for His Son.

From Luke 24:46-47:  “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.'”

Gracious and Merciful

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Always remember

Recounting gracious deeds

Breathing trust into faith

Life’s every tender reed


Lord fulfills great acts

Praising each, filled with love

Witnessing mighty hand

Angels sing from above


Never-ending grace

Sending His Son to build

Lasting bond with Father

Redemption shall be filled


Merciful journey

Gathering at one cross

Shedding His blood for all

Evil swallows his loss


New covenant calls

Forgiving sinful ways

Creating hope’s new life

Salvation’s hands now raise

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Jim Cymbala Quote

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God’s heart of mercy provides for us not only pardon from sin but also a daily provision of spiritual food to strengthen us.

From 1 John 1:9:  “If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Jim Cymbala (born 1942) is an American pastor and Christian author.  He firmly believes that God will share His goodness in our lives.