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A vital testimony is invincible. Fine living is not only a fine argument, it is the only effective silencer of bad men. — J.H. Jowett

In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)

What a person is shows up in what a person does. — William Stafford

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. (Psalm 66:16, NLT)

Every time you pass a test, you get a testimony. What is a testimony? It’s evidence of God’s past-tense providence in your life. — Mark Batterson

They triumphed over him [the Enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony. (Revelation 12:11, NIV)



The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT)

The Fruit of the Spirit is an affectionate, lovable disposition, a radiant spirit and a cheerful temper, a tranquil mind and a quiet manner, a forbearing patience in provoking circumstances and with trying people, a sympathetic insight and tactful helpfulness, generous judgment and a big-souled charity, loyalty and reliableness under all circumstances, humility that forgets self in the joy of others, in all things self-mastered and self-controlled, which is the final mark of perfecting. — Samuel Chadwick

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5, NIV)

I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. (John 15:16, MSG)



I don’t approve of people who watch television, but I am one of them. — Glenn Gould

A life frittered away disgusts God; he loves those who run straight for the finish line. (Proverbs 15:9, MSG)

Millions long for immortality who don’t know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. — Susan Ertz

A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out. (Proverbs 25:28, MSG)

The laziest boy in the class is the one who works hardest in the end. … Laziness means more work in the long run. — C.S. Lewis

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men. (Colossians 3:23, ESV)



Success is only sweet to those who ne’er succeeded. — Emily Dickinson

For my people have done two evil things: They have abandoned me—the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! (Jeremiah 2:13, NLT)

Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at something that doesn't really matter. ― D.L. Moody

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8, ESV)

What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (Mark 8:34-36, NLT)



Truth long heard and not acted upon means awful self-deception. Second generations do not inherit salvation. God has no grandchildren. — Vance Havner

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (James 1:22, NIV)

As water given sugar sweetens, given salt grows salty, we become our choices.                                     — Jane Hirshfield

Choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15, ESV)

I come to know when I have begun to do. — J.H. Jowett

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said. … At once they left their nets and followed him. (Matthew 4:19-20, NIV)