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Word for Your Life

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, & the one who is wise saves lives. ~ Proverbs 11:30

A Year with Aslan from The Last Battle

For now all we can do is imagine what heaven will be like, but for some – that’s all they’ll ever be able to do.
When Lucy & the others run into a group of dwarfs, it soon becomes apparent that the dwarves are blind, but they think it’s just dark out.

Lucy says..

Can’t you see?  Look up! Look around! Can’t you see the sky, the trees & the flowers?  Can’t you see me?”

& one of the dwarves answers…

How in the name of all Humbug can I see what ain’t there?

It may be one of the hardest things about living in a world that’s not our home.  No matter how hard we try, we can’t make people see what is plain to those with eyes of faith.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Faith Beyond Reason

Every person is what they secretly admire.  You can train a chimp to carry a Bible, but every one of us is the sum of what we think about when we’re free to think about whatever we want to.

CS Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If you read history you’ll find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this [one].

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Combine his firm grip with his firm foundation, & you’re in good hands.

Matthew 7:24 says ..

Everyone who hears these words of mine & puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

What that does is bring stability to every area of your life .. faith, finances, family, & more.

Francis Chan ~ Joy of Discipleship

When speaking at a conference, Francis Chan shared a conversation with another pastor, who told him…

I used to be funny..but the stories you run into & the pain people go thru, not to mention the criticism, all start building up & pretty soon nothing’s funny anymore. 

& Francis Chan says what that leads to is that we get into a kind of safe zone in our ministry, where we just focus on preparing a good service whether God’s spirit shows up or not.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

It’s good not only to tell our story, but to write it down for the next generation.  & perhaps someday, someone will read our story & make something of themselves that we couldn’t make of ourselves – for those who come behind ought always to go beyond us.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

God doesn’t withhold love to teach me a lesson… [but] God’s love will never change you if you don’t accept it…

Scriptures

Psalm 118

Ephesians 3:1-7

Ecclesiastes

Proverbs 4:23

Psalm 63

2 Corinthians 1:20

Word for Your Life

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light, we see light. ~ Psalm 36:9

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

As Aslan is being led to the stone table, the White Witch orders him to be shaved & her followers are shouting at him.  He’s all tied up, yet it says ..

Even now…one bite from his jaws would have cost 2 or 3 of them their hands, but he never moved.  & this seemed to enrage all that rabble.  Everyone was at him now.  Those who had been afraid to come near him even after he was bound began to find their courage…

The world loves to kick you when you’re down. Being strong isn’t just wiping them out – it takes more strength to do nothing.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Men Who Met God

As Elijah fled to the wilderness, God sent big scavenger birds each morning & evening with Elijah’s meals. What humiliation! All his life Elijah had been self-sufficient. Now he waited on birds to deliver his daily bread….

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion

How do you get past your hurt, or fix an unfixable problem?

  • Call out:  Admit you’re inadequate & cry out to God.
  • Fill your mind with God’s Word.
  • Accept support from God’s people.  Iron sharpens iron.
  • Hold on to God’s promises.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

In his letter to the Philippian church, the Apostle Paul said …

For to me, to live is Christ & to die is gain.

That was written from a prison cell.  It would be easy in a time like that to be down, but when you have a timeless perspective – & Christ is your most prized possession – you can get through even the toughest of days, in His power.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

There must be times in our worship services when we … journey from “Here I am.  Meet me” to “Here I am. Send me.”  Sometimes in our worship, the only thing left to do is to go.  Worship is the fuel for the mission’s flame.

Frederick Douglass ~ Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave

The silver trump of freedom had roused my soul to eternal wakefulness.  I saw nothing without seeing it, I heard nothing without hearing it, & felt nothing without feeling it.  It looked from every star, smiled in every calm, breathed in every wind, & moved in every storm.

Scriptures

1 John 1

Hebrews 10:10

Romans 1:20

Psalm 11:4-7

Word for Your Life

You, Lord, took up my case; You redeemed my life. ~ Lamentations 3:58

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Lucy runs & seen Aslan, at long last.

Aslan rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half sitting & half lying down between his front paws.  His warm breath was all around her.  She gazed up & said “Aslan?  You’re bigger!”  & Aslan says “That’s because you are older.  Every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Faith Beyond Reason

There are certain things that you & I will never learn in the presence of other people…Part of our failure today is religious activity that is not preceded by aloneness, by inactivity…Getting alone with God & waiting in silence until we’re charged with God’s Spirit. Then, when we act, our activity really amounts to something because we have been prepared by God for it.

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion

What happens when we live God’s way? We develop a willingness to stick with things.  A good place to start is to Move toward joy.  If you think of it as drudgery, your motivation disappears.  But if you direct your energies wisely & do something you enjoy, you’ll find the motivation.

That’s true for exercise, but I think it can be true for spiritual disciplines too .. like praying & reading your Bible. Start with what you enjoy – & as you grow, keep moving.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

We were made to worship, & when we do that we often lift our hands.  But if you think about it, our hands were made for more than that.

Proverbs 10:26 tells us –

As vinegar to the teeth & smoke to the eyes, so is a sluggard to those who send him.

So if we’re not lifting our hands in service to Christ, it’s like we’re smoke that’s getting in Jesus’ eyes.  So let’s be more like the ants .. considering their ways, & be considered wise …

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

There are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy alone.  & astronomers now believe there are at least 140 billion OTHER galaxies.  Scientists estimate there are 10x more stars than there are grains of sand on all of the world’s beaches & deserts.  We are smaller than we thought & God is greater than we had ever imagined.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

God begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with him, only to hear us moan & groan “Let me be like other people.”  Jesus is asking us to get beside him so we can pull together.  The burden God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives & makes the wine.

Old Swiss Proverb

There once was a little Swiss village that had this beautiful old church, with big stained glass windows & the most amazing, old pipe organ around. The problem was the organ was out of tune.

They had people from all over the world come to try to fix it, but they just seemed to make it worse. But one day an old man appeared at the church door & said he wanted to try his hand at fixing it.

They let him & after a couple of days, the whole countryside could hear the beautiful music again. When they asked him how he did it – he said simply “It was I who built it.”

In the same way, when we’re in need of repair, we go to our Creator – `cuz fixing us is an inside job...

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

We don’t believe things because we believe them anymore.  We believe them because it’s cool to believe them.  What I believe is not what I say I believe .. What I believe is what I do.

Cyprian ~ 3rd Century martyr

If I were to ascend some high mountain & look out over the lands, you know what I’d see?  Bandits on the highways; pirates on the sea; armies fighting; cities burning; men murdered to please the applauding crowds; selfishness, cruelty, misery, & despair.  But in the midst of it, are a quiet & holy people who learned a great secret.  They’re despised & persecuted, but they don’t care.  They have overcome the world.  These people are the Christians .. & I am one of them.

David Roper ~ A Heart for Wisdom

Our most outrageous & often-repeated sins have been forgiven according to God’s mercy & grace.  & grace means that God has given us the resources to make a new beginning.  The question is not “Can I make it? Am I able? Can I overcome? The question is “Is HE able? Can HE transform me?

Scriptures

Colossians 1:25-26

Psalm 36

 

Word for Your Life

Therefore encourage one another & build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

Our love can’t be like God’s, but it should at least be more amazing than the world’s. In today’s devotion, Susan shows a bit of that love in her tenderness toward Trumpkin.

Trumpkin has just been beaten in a contest of swords with Edmund, & then decides to take on Susan in an archery contest. He shoots at the target, an apple, & just skims it.  Susan hits it dead center & knocks it down, but instead of gloating she says ..

It wasn’t really any better than yours.  I think there was a tiny breath of wind as you shot.

If we believe the Bible to be true, there are obviously going to be times when those who don’t believe it will be proven wrong. However, God has us here to be concerned with our fellow man, & that means showing grace.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Men Who Met God

Very few of us know the secret of bathing our souls in silence. There were times when (Jesus) had to send the multitudes away so He could retire alone into the silence of the mountainside. There He would turn His soul toward heaven & expose Himself to the face of His Father..But all the signs of immaturity are among us.  We abhor being alone, being silent.  The more noise we make, the happier we seem to be.

Pastor Rick Warren ~ Daily Hope Devotion

One reason why you need to be connected to a church family is to fulfill your calling.  The Bible says “All of you together are Christ’s body, & each one of you is a part of it.”  & there’s no correlation between size & significance.  The most important light in my home, he says, isn’t the large chandelier, it’s the night light that keeps me from stubbing my toe when I get up in the night.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Most of the time when we’re singing a song of hop, it’s because things aren’t all that hopeful. 1 Chronicles 16, David tells the worshipers to give thanks to God & remember the wonders He has done.  No matter how tough your week has been, there have undoubtedly been times when the love of God has pierced through that darkness.  Those are the times to hang onto – that provide the background music to your own song of hope.

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength; his face always. Remember the wonders he has done …

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

The bible tells of angels who strike fear in the hearts of those to whom they appear.  In the Old Testament, one angel puts to death 185,000 men in an enemy camp. Revelation 18 tells of an angel lights up the earth with his splendor.  The glorious beings so commanding they inspire fear & trembling, bow down at the sight of the One who is altogether MORE glorious.

C.S. Lewis ~ Mere Christianity

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.

John Blundell ~ Ladies For Liberty (Link to Full Article)

She (Anne Hutchinson) was born in England .. Her father was a school teacher & a preacher, who criticized the church for promoting badly educated men.  He set up a home school for his girls, which was pretty rare.  She was a radical too, as a big proponent of a “covenant of grace” – that everyone could enter Heaven by developing a personal relationship with God. She came to America in the 1630s – & after a while set up Bible studies in her home – & she didn’t pull any punches, even disagreeing with the male preachers.  She stepped on so many toes they kicked her out of Massachusetts, so she moved to Providence – & is the only woman to co-found a state.

Oswald Chambers ~ If You Will Ask

The Holy Spirit, when He comes into our life, works out in us the understanding of sin that God has.  There are tremendous thoughts expressed in God’s Word, & while we may think “I’ll never understand that”, the Spirit in us does.  We just have to learn to think spiritually.

Charles Wesley’s mom, upon his conversion

I think you’ve come into an odd way of thinking.  You say you had no spiritual life, no faith, & while I rejoice that you’ve attained this hope – it’s another thing to be sensible of having it.

Scriptures

Isaiah 52:7

Revelation 4:1-8

Psalm 91

Ephesians 4:1-3

Romans 8:26-27

Psalm 46

 

Word for Your Life

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. ~ Hebrews 1:10

A Year with Aslan from The Horse & His Boy

  • Shasta
  • had heard all these terrible stories about a demon in the form of a Lion, but when he meets Aslan ..

After one glance at the Lion’s face he slipped out of the saddle & fell at its feet.  He couldn’t say anything but he didn’t want to say anything, & he knew he didn’t have to.  Their eyes met, & instantly the pale brightness of the mist & the fiery brightness of the Lion rolled together into a swirling glory.

 We would probably be satisfied with just Jesus’ sacrifice, but He gives us so much more.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Rut, Rot, or Revival

If you don’t pray much, you’re not thinking God’s thoughts.  If you don’t read your Bible much, & often, & reverently, you’re not thinking God’s thoughts.  We’re responsible for our premeditative thoughts.  They make our mind a temple where God can dwell with pleasure – or a stable where Christ is angry, ties a rope & drives out the cattle.

Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope Devotion

The more pleasant you are, the more persuasive you are.  Nagging doesn’t work.  It matters not only what you say .. but the WAY you say it.  If you want to be below the other person, attack them.  If you want to be even, get even.  If you want to respond like Jesus, show love.

Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

It used to be that the family was portrayed in a positive light in Hollywood.  Those days are gone, but even though the dark may seem darker than ever it is a great opportunity to show others what a biblical family looks like.  As it says in Matthew 5:16 ,,,

Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works & glorify your Father in heaven.

Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Deep belief costs something.  If I really believed something, I’d have to do something about it.

Francis Chan, Multiply

The disciples could not have fully understood what they were getting into when they responded to Jesus’ call.  Whatever expectations or doubts, whatever curiosity, excitement or uncertainty they felt, nothing could have prepared them for what lay ahead.  In only a few years, these simple men were standing before some of the most powerful rulers on earth & being accused of turning the world upside down.  What began as simple obedience ended up changing their lives, & ultimately, the world.

Scriptures 

Romans 8:18

Psalm 81

John 1:1-16

Romans 1:18-21

Matthew 27:51-53

1 Corinthians 15:22

Matthew 24:35-44

1 Corinthians 1:18