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November 2020

Life

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 The glory of God is man fully alive. —Saint Irenaeus

I am the bread of life. (John 6:48, NIV)

Life is full of unexpected moments. But when we enter each day in rhythm with God, every step is an arrival. —Eugene Peterson

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10, NIV)

But one life, ’twill soon be past;
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying how glad I will be,
That the lamp of my life has blazed out for Thee.
— C.T. Studd

Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. (Colossians 3:3, MSG)


Talk

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The more talk, the less truth; the wise measure their words. (Proverbs 10:19, MSG)

Whenever anything disagreeable happens to you, remember Christ crucified and keep silent. —St. John of the Cross

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3, NIV)

Keep silent. Give rest to your tongue more often than to your hands. You will never regret that you have kept silent, but you will often regret that you spoke too much.

                                                                        —Leo Tolstoy

Careful words make for a careful life; careless talk may ruin everything. (Proverbs 13:3, MSG)

A word spoken by you when your conscience is clear and your heart is full of God’s spirit is worth ten-thousand words spoken in unbelief and sin.

                                                                        —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14, ESV)


Attention

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Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are.

                                                —José Ortega y Gasset

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. (Psalm 119:97-99, NIV)

The men of the Bible were dwelling on the Person of Christ, not on their misfortunes . . . The emphasis all the time was “walk in Christ.” —Samuel Rees Howells

Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)

We are to be totally absorbed with Jesus. He is to fill our skies like the morning sunrise. He is to be our high noon and our sunset. — R. Kent Hughes

Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. (Psalm 105:4, NLT)


Continual

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God of all grace, teach me the way of continual penitence and holy trust. May there be no gaps in my consecration! May my life be all of one piece! May sin make no rent! May my devotion be complete, including even the things that are least! —J. H. Jowett

Be very careful to observe the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5, ESV)

When I invite God into every task, seek his wisdom, trust him for help when I get stuck, the work itself becomes a sacrament. —Luci Shaw

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14, NIV)

An easy-going, non-self-denying life will never be one of power. — Hudson Taylor


Forgiveness

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And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (Matthew 6:12, NIV)

However important justice is—and it is important—forgiveness is more important. The Christian at prayer, even as Jesus as prayer, is not first of all an impersonal agent of justice but a personal conveyer of forgiveness and a witness to the resurrection. Such forgiveness is not soft sentimentality. It is hard-edged gospel. Such forgiveness is not a moral shrug of the shoulders. It is a white-hot flame of resurrection love forged in the furnace of the cross. Assuming that the criminal crucified next to Jesus was receiving a just death sentence (he said as much himself), the sentence was not revoked in Jesus’ prayer. The criminal died for his crime. But forgiveness trumped justice. It always does. —Eugene Peterson

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. (Luke 23:33-34, NIV)

Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive.

                                                                    ― C.S. Lewis

Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32, NLT)

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43, ESV)


Childlike

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𝐼 𝑡𝑜𝑜𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑎. 𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑒 𝑡𝑤𝑜 𝑏𝑜𝑦𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑙𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑠𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑜𝑙, ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑜𝑟𝑝ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑, 𝑤ℎ𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑐𝑟𝑜𝑠𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑢𝑝𝑝𝑦 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑡. 𝑂𝑓 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑏𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ𝑡 𝑖𝑡 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚. —RMR

It is the childlike spirit which finds the open door. Childlikeness is the open sesame into glory after glory in the unsearchable riches of Christ. Childlikeness is the magic key. It is the very secret of the Lord. — J.H. Jowett

 

I do not write for children, but for the childlike, whether of five, or fifty, or seventy-five. ― George MacDonald

 

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. ― C.S. Lewis

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15, NIV)


Laughter

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Heaven’s laughter will at last define the dwelling place of God and all his saints.     

                                                                        — Calvin Miller

Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. (Psalm 126:2-3, NIV)

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14, NLT)

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4, NIV)

Joy is the laughter of heaven, the secret of the Christian life. Woven out of sorrow and woe, from the crucibles of suffering, absence, and separation, comes the deep, abiding laughter of joy, without tears, promising health, wholeness, and reunion.

                                                                                                                    —Terry Lindvall