Christian Quotes: Jim Cymbala

I’ve found that when my expectations are based on what I want, I sometimes end up going the wrong way, out of God’s Will. And the results are always disappointing. Prayer is the way for me to get back on His track, and to find encouragement to move forward.

Blessings, Heather

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“If we choose to turn left when God wants us to go right, we cannot expect God to support the plans we made on our own.”

Jim Cymbala

“The prospect of the righteous is joy,
    but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing.”

Proverbs 10:28

Christian Quotes: Elizabeth Elliot

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“It is Christ who is to be exalted, not our feelings. We will know Him by obedience, not by emotions. Our love will be shown by obedience, not by how good we feel about God at a given moment. “And love means following the commands of God.” “Do you love Me?” Jesus asked Peter. “Feed My lambs.” He was not asking, “How do you feel about Me?” for love is not a feeling. He was asking for action.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” 

Galatians 5:24-25

Christian Quotes: Jim Elliot

When we can give ourselves fully to whatever work God has for us right now, even the most routine chore becomes an act of worship that pleases Him and brings us joy.

Blessings, Heather

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“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”

Jim Elliot

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” 

Romans 12:11

Christian Quotes: Randy Alcorn

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“He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain. He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice. Are you despairing or rejoicing?”

Randy Alcorn

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Matthew 6:19-21

Christian Quotes: David Livingstone

How good is God that He calls us to do the best of things, and is also the source of our strength to do them? We need to spend time listening for His voice, praying for His leading, and receiving His grace. Then we will really be equipped for whatever work He has for us, no matter how long we need to do it.

Blessings, Heather

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“Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.”

David Livingstone

”You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

Hebrews 10:36

Christian Quotes: John Newton

This morning, I was thinking about how much God cherishes us that He would make a way for sinful mankind to be reconciled to Him. And about how much Jesus treasures us that He obeyed what His Father told Him to do. We are literally surrounded by a love, and it will never fail. That’s our hope and grace!

Blessings, Heather

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“Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.”

John Newton

“In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”

Ephesians 1:4-8

Christian Quotes: Francis Chan

I’ve come to see that the things that really matter most in life have to do with people. God gives us chances through times of work, play and worship to create deeper relationships with others. And that is where God wants our focus to be – then we’ll be blessed and He’ll be glorified!

Blessings, Heather

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“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”

Francis Chan

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3:23-24

Worship Thought: Studying God’s Word

I have come to love “digging in” to a Scripture verse in my quiet time. Let me share one of my favorite ways to do that. It can be a quick and powerful tool for studying God’s Word.

I saw this verse this morning: “The Lord God is an everlasting rock.” (Isaiah 26:4) After reading it through a couple of times, I broke it down into either words or phrases and thought about the meaning of each. For example:

“The Lord God” – putting Lord and God together emphasizes His supremacy; there is none above Him!

“is” – this declares that our God continues; He doesn’t stop being the most holy One

“everlasting” – God was, is and will be, now and beyond the end of the Age; He is unchanging, sure and faithful always, Amen

“rock” – A boulder, strong and solid; something to lean on, hide behind or even as a weapon; immovable and unchanging

So then I put all that back together. In this case: Sovereign God, who reigns forever, offers me support and protection. And finally, I asked myself: What does that mean to me personally? That’s where I begin to make the passage apply to me and my life.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time doing this exercise to get the blessings of it. Even a few minutes can unlock all sorts of new insights about our wonderful Lord!

Blessings, Heather

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“Whether we are reading the Bible for the first time or standing in a field in Israel next to a historian and an archaeologist and a scholar, the Bible meets us where we are. That is what truth does.”

Rob Bell