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Price

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The price of disobedience is higher than the price of obedience; if not in the areas of the temporal, for sure in the eternal. —Walter Henrichsen

Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. (Hebrews 12:16-17, MSG)

Salvation is free but discipleship costs everything. — Vance Havner

Then Jesus said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:23-25, NIV)

When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer


All

 

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We are complete in Him, not in any experience or favorite doctrine. … “Getting through to God” is not a strange emotional experience—although it may indeed move the emotions—but simply arriving at the blessed point where we rest in the Blesser and not in a lesser “blessing.” Then, whatever we may lose, we have Him, and in Him we have everything. All things are ours, and we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s. — Vance Havner

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. (Colossians 1:15-18, NIV)

As it turns out, every denomination just underlines different verses.

                                        — Andrew Peterson

“Teacher,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.”
“Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “For no one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me, for whoever is not against us is for us. (Mark 9:38-40, NIV)

Let me be more concerned to include my brother than to shut him out. Let me discover my kinship with all who confess my Savior’s name. — J.H. Jowett


Responsible

 

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It can be an evasion to go on asking questions when we have not given ourselves to the answers that we already know. … What most of us need is not all of the pieces to life’s puzzle, but enough courage to live by the clear insights we have. — M. Craig Barnes

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:13-16, NIV)

It is not study that brings understanding . . . but obedience. Even the smallest bit of obedience opens heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become yours. Yet God will never reveal more truth about Himself to you, until you have obeyed what you know already. — Oswald Chambers

Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. (James 1:22, NLT)

There are “professors” of religion who are not true possessors.

                                        — Warren Wiersbe

He [Jesus] replied, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” (Luke 11:28, NIV)


Daily

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With each new dawn, life delivers a package to your front door, rings your doorbell, and runs. — Charles Swindoll

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. — Abraham Lincoln

My past can never be changed, but I can change the future by changing my actions today. — Richard Exley

Your day is your week is your month is your year. Best years come from best efforts performed daily. — Chris Brogan

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life. It goes on. — Robert Frost

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” … Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, … For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:5,9-10, NIV)


Tender

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In these days of hard controversy we must beware of becoming hard. Men who become hard lose the power to inflict hard blows. The most tremendous antagonist is the man who is inherently tender. The only overwhelming anger is “the wrath of the Lamb.” — J. H. Jowett

Tender Spirit, dwell with me;
I myself would tender be;
Tender in my love for men,
Wooing them to God again;
With compassion pure and sweet
Lead the lost to Jesus' feet.

— Thomas Toke Lynch

Don’t you realize how patient he is being with you? … Can’t you see that he has been waiting all this time without punishing you, to give you time to turn from your sin? His kindness is meant to lead you to repentance. (Romans 2:4, TLB)

I have always felt that a raised voice was a mistake. — William Stafford

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32, ESV)


Feet

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Generally speaking, if you want to know who you really are, as distinct from who you like to think you are, keep an eye on where your feet take you, that is who you are. — Frederick Buechner
Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. (Proverbs 4:26-27, NLT)
 
“It’s all right!” shouted Aslan joyously. “Once the feet are put right, all the rest of him will follow.” — C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. (John 13:8-10 NIV)
 
Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart be in heaven. – St. John Bosco
He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. (Psalm 40:2 ESV)

 


Congruence

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The Christian life is the life-long practice of attending to the details of congruence—congruence between ends and means, congruence between what we do and they way we do it, congruence between what is written in Scripture and our living out what is written. — Eugene Peterson

 

Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it's doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage. — Tony Dungy

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” (Mark 12:41-44, NIV)

The character of a life isn’t set in three or four big moments of life, but in ten-thousand little, virtually unnoticed moments. — Paul David Tripp

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV)


Afflicted

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Contrary to what might be expected, I look back on experiences that at the time seemed especially desolating and painful, with particular satisfaction. Indeed, I can say with complete truthfulness that everything I have learned in my seventy five years in this world, everything that has truly enhanced and enlightened my existence, has been through affliction and not through happiness, whether pursued or attained. … This, of course, is what the Cross signifies. And it is the Cross, more than anything else, that has called me inexorably to Christ. —Malcom Muggeridge

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. (Psalm 119:67-68, NIV)

We can stand affliction better than we can stand prosperity, for in prosperity we forget God. —Dwight L Moody

It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (Psalm 119:71-72, NIV)

Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls. — C.H. Spurgeon

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18, NIV)