Oswald Chambers Quote

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The great need for the Christian worker is to be ready to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn.

From Luke 12:40:  “You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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In order to make deposits in heaven’s bank, following Christ must be more important than any worldly ambition or priority.

From Luke 12:19-21:  “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’  But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life is being demanded of you.  And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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There is one Advocate we all need–one who represents sinners like us in the highest of all places–the presence of God:  “Jesus Christ, the righteous.”  What a great promise!

From 1 John 2:1-2:  “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Jesus did what we could not–He set us free from our sins.  Consider the immensity of the sacrifice He made on your behalf.

From Hebrews 10:10:  “And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Leading to the Cross (Elfchen Series #29)

Eternal King

Leadership

Far wiser

Filled with love

Exceeds our earthly leaders

Jesus

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Leading Forth

Realm

Of peace

Won with Grace

Love, faith, and hope

Christ

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Forever

Eyes

Lifted upward

Blessed, final victory

Conquering sin and death

Cross

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24/7 Refuge

From Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Facing life’s trials and critics

Soul and body wasting away

Discouraged, hurting, and distressed

Broken down, strength failing . . . decay

 

Needing encouragement with love

Safe from others, place for healing

Looking for refuge, where to turn

Life under siege, tired and reeling

 

Seeking lasting grace and mercy

Delivering us from dark gloom

Rescue arrives, stand and rejoice

His steadfast love, fully in bloom

 

Staffed by a special redeemer

Our strength, comrade, fortress, and rock

Holding us up with steadfast love

Follow Him, our living bedrock

 

Called by another name  . . . Jesus

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From Psalm 31:1-2:  “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”

Follow His Example

From John 13:14-15:  “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

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Jesus, our Lord and Savior, teaches us

Sharing the love from the Holy Father

Knowing God has given to Him all things

Sharing faithful witness, from the Father

 

Christ, the living God, guides our faithful steps

Presenting endless chances to serve God

Facing our lives, filled with countless hurdles

Serving one another, as blessed by God

 

Jesus, Son of David, shares acts of Grace

Washing apostles’ feet, blessing the Lord

Teaching through His loving act of service

Telling all, humbling serve our righteous Lord

 

Christ, Lamb of God, transforming life on earth

Faithfully following our Lord Jesus

Seeking, trusting, and praying in His name

Glorifying each day, serving through Jesus  

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From the words of American author, John Eldredge:  “Teach a man a rule and you help him solve a problem; teach a man to walk with God and you help him solve the rest of his life.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Jesus Christ met people where they were . . . not as they “ought to” be.  His enemies misunderstood Him, but they couldn’t ignore Him.  They hated Him, but were never bored around Him.  Jesus was the epitome of relevance.  Still is.

From Hebrews 8:10:  “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Forsaking Temptation

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Our Lord Jesus

Following baptism at the Jordan River

Led by the Spirit, His Holy Caregiver

 

Traveling into the barren wilderness darkness

Facing the enemy’s temptation, its starkness

 

Fasting and praying over forty long days and nights

Comforted and encouraged by His Father’s might

 

Famished with hunger

Cunning enemy of darkness makes his empty sales pitch

Tempted to turn stone into bread, Jesus will never switch

 

Jesus answers:

“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”

 

Taken to the Holy City

From the top of temple’s highest pinnacle

Desperate enemy becomes ever cynical

 

Tempted to plunge Himself down to the ground

Mocking Jesus, God’s angels should be around

 

Jesus responds:

“Again it is written, Do not put the Lord your God to the test”

 

Arriving at the highest summit

Viewing below, this kingdom’s richness and vastness

No one can ever remain faithful with steadfastness

 

Come, worship the enemy’s empty, deceitful shrine

Tempted to accept this false kingdom, never Mine

 

Jesus refutes:

“Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him”

 

We, ourselves, facing similar darkest temptations

Jesus stood firm, through God’s sound foundation

 

We are blessed with much the same encouragement

Read, study, follow the Bible without discouragement

 

Accepting and following Jesus, our Holy Savior and Lord

Through Salvation to Eternal Life, choose God’s accord

 

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The Scripture verses come from Matthew 4:4, 4:7, and 4:10.