Fool’s Gold

31 05 2007

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
(Matthew 6:21) golden-calf.jpg

The people of Israel sacrificed so that they could enjoy their golden calf. They donated their wealth and they even got up early in the morning to eat and drink and play (see Exodus 32:6). I’ve met church people who complain about missionary offerings (“Are they begging again?”) but never think twice about spending thousands of dollars to enjoy a “Christian vacation” or purchase another “adult toy.” People who would find it difficult to get up early for a prayer meeting have no problem getting up for a time of “fun.” Individuals sacrifice for the things they really love.

–Warren Wiersbe, The Integrity Crisis, p89

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Daring To Be Holy

30 05 2007

“Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.”
(Hebrews 12:14)

Say not that you have royal blood in your veins and are born to God, except you can prove your pedigree by daring to be holy.

–William Gurnall, 17th century English Puritan





Powerful Grace

29 05 2007

“Sin ruled by means of death. But God’s kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life. What should we say? Should we keep on sinning, so that God’s wonderful kindness will show up even better? No, we should not! If we are dead to sin, how can we go on sinning?”
(Romans 5:21-6:2, CEV)


Any concept of grace that makes us feel more comfortable sinning is not biblical grace. God’s grace never encourages us to sin. On the contrary, it empowers us to say no to sin and yes to truth.

–Randy Alcorn





Uncommon Prayer

23 05 2007

Will you help me to be less quick to judge
……and less righteous in my indignation?
Will you help me to be more open to life
……and to other people?
Will you give me confidence enough to be less defensive
…..and less ready to react to rebuffs?
Give me steadiness and firmness
…..and true commitment to the life of faith. Amen.

A Book of Uncommon Prayer
Kenneth G. Phifer





Looking For Signs

19 05 2007

“Watch out for false prophets! They dress up like sheep, but inside they are wolves who have come to attack you.  You can tell what they are by what they do. No one picks grapes or figs from thornbushes.  A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. Every tree that produces bad fruit will be chopped down and burned. You can tell who the false prophets are by their deeds.”
(Matthew 7:15-20, CEV)

Before we follow any man we should look for the oil on his forehead. We are under no spiritual obligation to aid any man in any activity that has not upon it the marks of the cross.dead-tree.jpg

–A.W. Tozer

Men are so simple and so much inclined to obey immediate needs that a deceiver will never lack victims for his deception.

–Machiavelli





Roses At Ravensbruck

16 05 2007

“But now, if You will only forgive their sin—but if not, blot me out of the book that You have written!”
(Exodus 32:32)

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In the Ravensbruck Nazi concentration camp—the camp where an estimated ninety-two thousand men, women and children were murdered—a piece of wrapping paper was found near the body of a dead child. On the paper was written this prayer:

“O Lord, remember no only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But do not only remember the suffering they have inflicted on us; remember the fruits we bought, thanks to this suffering: our comradeship, our loyalty, our humility, the courage, the generosity, the greatness of heart which has grown out of all this. And when they come to judgment, let all the fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.”

–Richard J. Foster, Prayer: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, p224





Fasting for Life

12 05 2007

“But this kind does not go out but by prayer and fasting.”
(Matthew 17:21)

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When we fast, we are intentionally relinquishing the first right given to the human family in the Garden—the right to eat. We say no to food because we are intent upon others receiving a far greater nourishment. We are committed to breaking every yoke and setting the captives free. Our fasting is a sign that nothing will stop us in our struggle in behalf of the broken and oppressed.

We are depriving ourselves for the sake of a greater good. Our fasting has weight with God and effect upon others…Our fasting is part of our wrestling with God. It is part of the birth pangs we endure in order to see new life come forth.

–Richard Foster
Prayer: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, p226