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Verse of the Day

For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people.  & I will hope in your name, for your name is good.“ ~ Psalm 52:9

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

A great reminder of the importance of patience & preparation.  Caspian & a few others stumble upon some guards sitting by a tree. Reepicheep grabs his sword, ready for battle, but Caspian’s cooler head prevails in saying …

     If it’s a question of reconquering the islands, I’d prefer to come back with a larger army.

Quotes

Too often we mess around trying to make something happen in congregational worship times – & we underestimate the awakening power of God’s truth. Worship is meant to be a “glorious feast on the perfections of Christ.” So songs & services must present the glories of Jesus—and then provide appropriate ways to respond to this splendor, giving us space to both inhale & exhale.“ Matt Redman, Inside-Out

Some people have a temper, but no man has any more right to go around like that than he has to hold a rattlesnake in his pocket, or leave an untreated cancer on his tongue – because it’ll destroy him.  He can pray, testify, give & labor, but if he blows up nobody will believe in him again.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Success & the Christian

At first I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping track of the things I did wrong.  Then as a tandem bike ride, with God helping me pedal from behind.  But when I switched places & let him take the lead, it was all I could do to hang on.  He took me to people with gifts I needed. & when I’m sure I can’t do any more, he just smiles & says “Keep pedaling.” ~ Author Unknown

Find a small, unnoticed flower somewhere.  Study it.  Get out a magnifying glass & see the delicate veins, notice the nuances in shape & color.  Turn the leaves over & see the symmetry.  & remember the flower may have gone unnoticed if you hadn’t found it & admired it.  Then know that people are like that.  So many go unnoticed & unappreciated, because nobody took the time to admire their uniqueness.“ ~ John Powell, Jesuit Priest

There’s nothing in time or eternity more certain that what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.  He made it possible for the entire human race to be brought back into a right-standing with God.  The Cross wasn’t something that happened TO Jesus – it was His purpose in coming.  He’s the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.  He came not to accomplish something for Himself, but to take sin away.  The Cross, he says, is not the cross of a man – but the Cross of God.  & it can never be fully comprehended thru human experience.“ ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

When we feel overwhelmed or confused, we’re usually caught up in ourselves & not God’s voice.  God is not the author of confusion – Satan is.  So if you feel anxiety over something you think God has told you to do, then you’re wires have gotten crossed.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Scriptures 

James 4:8

Proverbs 25:28

Psalm 93:1

Acts 4

 

Verse of the Day

Hope in the Lord & keep his way.  He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.” ~ Psalm 37:34

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

“Ooh! said Susan, I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I should feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, & make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their kees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“The he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver.  ”Who said anything about safe? `Course he isn’t safe.  But he’s good.”

Quotes

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.“ ~ Will Rogers

Grace doesn’t make everything right.  Its trick is to show us that it is right for us to live.  That it is truly good, wonderful even, for us to be breathing & feeling at the same time everything around us is wretched.  Grace isn’t a ticket to Fantasy Island. It isn’t a potion to charm life to our liking.  Grace is the amazing power to look reality in the face, see its sad & tragic edges, feel its cruel cuts, join in the chorus against its unfairness, & yet feel that it is good & right for you to be alive on God’s earth.” ~ Lewis Smedes, How Can It Be All Right When Everything Is All Wrong

Sin, in addition to anything else it may be, is always an act of wrong judgment. To commit a sin a man must for the moment believe that things are different from what they really are; he must confound values; he must see the moral universe out of focus; ignore the signs on the highway and drive with his eyes shut.  Sin sees only today, or at most tomorrow; but death and judgment are pushed aside as if they did not exist. The notion that the sinner is the smart fellow will not stand up under scrutiny. & the greater the folly, the greater the fool.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Man: The Dwelling Place of God

God is so pure, matchless, & unique that no one else & nothing else even comes close.  & God will not be diluted, dumbed down or patronized either.  He even rebukes worshipers in Psalm 50 when he says ‘You thought I was altogether like you.’  He is not like us.  He is utterly incomparable.“ ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

The Hebrew text reads “Moses died with the Mouth of the Lord.” & the ancient rabbis translated that to mean “with the kiss of the Lord.”  & when I read this, I imagine God stooping over His children, tucking them in, & kissing them goodnight – to awaken in His presence & love.” ~ David Roper, A Heart of Wisdom (regarding Deuteronomy 34)

Beware of any work for God that allows you to avoid concentrating on Him. The boundaries of life, whether mental, moral, or spiritual, are completely free with the freedom God gives His child; that is, a worshiping child, not a wayward one. A worker who lacks this serious concentration on God is apt to become overly burdened by his work. He is a slave.  But once our concentration is on God, all the limits of our life are free & under the control and mastery of God alone. But be careful to remember that you have been freed for only one thing–to be absolutely devoted to your co-Worker.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

God speaks to people who decide they’re going to do what he tells them to do, even before he tells them. It’s saying, “God, if you want me to move, I’ll move. If you want me to get married, I’ll get married. If you want me to leave this job, I’ll leave this job. Before you even tell me, my answer is ‘yes.’ Whatever you want me to do, I will do it.” ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Scriptures 

Psalm 19: 1-4

Proverbs 25:20

Psalm 127:1

Deuteronomy 34

Psalm 30

Matthew 25

Verse of the Day

“We wait in HOPE for the Lord, He is our Help & our Shield.” ~ Psalm 33:20

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Aslan, who seemed larger than before, lifted his head, hook his mane, & roared.  The sound – deep & throbbing at first, like an organ beginning on a low note, rose & became louder till the earth & air with shaking with it … In every field & wood the alert ears of rabbits rose from their holds, the sleepy heads of birds came out from under wings, owls hooted, vixens barked, hedgehogs grunted, the trees stirred, & men leaped up groping for lights.

Quotes

It’s only in relation to the wrath of God that we know the mercy of God.  In the Cross, we see both the kindness & sternness of God.  & that transcendent mystery can’t be comprehended in spite of its absolute nearness.“ Matt Redman, Facedown

We all have questions, but after a while you find that all your questions are gone.  You come to the point of total reliance on the resurrection life of Jesus, which brings you into complete oneness with the purpose of God.  There may still be things hidden to your understanding, but no longer will they come between your heart & God. You won’t even need to ask, because you’ll be certain that God will reveal things in accordance with His will – & for his glory.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Nowhere in the New Testament is the humanity of Paul seen so clearly as when he staggers under the attacks of the Corinthian church.  His sufferings are like Christ because they are inward.  However from that we can learn that malice needs nothing to live on, it can feed on itself.  A contentious spirit will find something to quarrel about.  Good men can be made to appear evil by the simple trick of dredging up what’s in his own heart & attributing it to them.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, We Travel An Appointed Way

“The real legacy of my life was my biggest failure – that I was an ex-con.  My greatest humiliation was the beginning of God’s greatest use of my life.  He chose the one experience I could not glory in, for His glory.” ~ Chuck Colson

Scriptures 

Luke 17:20-25

Isaiah 40:26

1 John 2:1

 

Verse of the Day

“Be strong & take heart, all you who hope in the Lord. ~ Psalm 31:24

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

Bree, the horse, has fled a battle & is feeling like a coward.  He says he wants to go back to slavery, but the hermit tells him

You haven’t lost anything but your self-conceit.  So you’re not quite the great horse you thought you were.  As long as you know that, you’ll be a decent horse on the whole.”

Quotes

Often the main barrier [to a quiet heart] is just personal discipline.  When you feel like you need a spiritual pilgrimage, begin by closing your mouth.” ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

The resurrection of Jesus has given Him the authority to give the life of God to me.  The Holy Spirit can’t be accepted as a guest in merely one room of the house— He invades all of it..takes charge of everything.  My part is to walk in the light & obey.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

We are a culture that relies on technology over community, in which spoken & written words are cheap, easy to come by, & excessive.” ~ Francis Chan, Crazy Love

“If God has singled you out to be a special object of His grace, you may expect Him to honor you with stricter discipline & greater suffering than less favored ones are called upon to endure.  To do His supreme work of grace within you He will take from your heart everything you love most.” ~ A.W. Tozer, That Incredible Christian

“You can’t become new wine if you remain a whole grape.” ~ Oswald Chambers, The Love of God

Scriptures 

Philippians 2:1-15

Mark 9:50

Revelation 21:23

Proverbs 17:24

Mark 4:1-34

Micah 7:19

Micah 5:3-5

Hebrews 12:11

Verse of the Day

“Guide me in your truth & teach me, for you are God my Savior, & my hope is in you all day long.: ~ Psalm 25:5

Love Is the Key by Donald Gray Barnhouse

“Love is the key.  Joy is love singing.  Peace is love resting.  Patience is love enduring.  Kindness is love’s truth.  Goodness is love’s character.  Faithfulness is love’s habit.  Gentleness is love’s self-forgetfulness.  Self-Control is love holding the reins.”

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe

“The days ought to have been delightful.  The weather was nice, they were outside swimming & fishing & climbing trees … but Lucy couldn’t properly enjoy any of it.”

Quotes

“We can’t proclaim the Jesus truth any old way we like.  Nor can we follow the Jesus way without speaking the Jesus truth – but in America, Jesus as the truth gets far more attention than Jesus as the way.  Too often we turn it into a consumer enterprise of wanting more.  If we want more people at church, we identify what they want & offer it to them.  It’s the language we grew up on.  But we can’t skip the way of Jesus in our hurry to get to the truth of Jesus.  The way of Jesus is how we practice – in our homes & workplaces, with our friends & family – & it’s how we come to know the truth ourselves.: ~ Eugene Peterson, The Jesus Way

“Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow hasn’t come from someone speaking ill of you.  That’s what happens when you set yourself up as a little god.  When you have to be loyal to that idol, how can you ever hope to have peace?  The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself will never let the mind have rest.” ~ A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Is there a thought in your heart about anyone that you wouldn’t want brought to light?  Envy, jealousy & strife?  They don’t necessarily come from your old nature of sin, but from the flesh which was used to these things in the past.  Put them away.  That means not resorting to something simply to make a point.  The greatest spiritual crisis, he says, comes when a person has to move a little farther on in his faith that the beliefs he has already accepted.” ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

YouVersion – Verse of the Year 2013

Scriptures 

Mark 4:26-34

Philippians 1:14

Proverbs 6:5

Revelation 3:20

Romans 12