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Tuesday April 15

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Meredith Andrews‘ song, Not For a Moment is playing on Family Life Radio. Here’s the story behind the song…

Thursday April 17

What happened the last time it got “too quiet” at your house? Family Life Radio member Barb says my then four year old son was “waxing” the dog’s eyebrows with scotch tape.

 

Wednesday April 16

What do you like about getting older? Family Life Radio Member Alyssa says better choices mean fewer consequences of bad decisions. Our colleagues responded…

 

Tuesday April 15

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If you missed today’s edition of Bible or Not, please find the phrases and answers below.

“This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” Romans 13:6-7

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Benjamin Franklin

“And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” Luke 23:2

“Furthermore, the king should know that if this city is built and its walls are restored, no more taxes, tribute or duty will be paid, and eventually the royal revenues will suffer.” Ezra 4:13

“The fatherless child is snatched from the breast; the infant of the poor is seized for a debt.” Job 24:9

 

Monday April 14

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If you missed today’s edition of Bible or Not, please find the phrases and answers below.

“All their days they eat in darkness, with great frustration, affliction and anger.” Ecclesiastes 5:17

“if you are the master be sometimes blind, if you are the servant be sometimes deaf.” R. Buckminster Fuller

“The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.” Isaiah 19:10

“I looked, and there were no people;every bird in the sky had flown away.” Jeremiah 4:25

“I may not believe in myself, but I believe in what I’m doing.” Jimmy Page

“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.” Jeremiah 1:17

 

Verse of the Day

…Too long have I lived among those who hate peace.  I’m for peace, but when I speak, they are for war. ~ Psalm 120:16

A Year with Aslan from A Horse & His Boy

Hwin & Bree are talking, & Bree says “I can’t go on.”  Hwin answers that by saying …

Don’t horses, when they’re being ridden by humans, get forced to go on & find they have more to give?’

But that doesn’t seem to get through to Bree, & the passage goes on to say that …

One of the worst of being a slave & being forced to do things is that when there is no one to force you any more, you find you’ve almost lost the power of forcing yourself.”

Quotes

Jacob vowed a vow & it was the beginning of a wonderful life.  Daniel purposed in his heart & God honored his purpose.  Jesus set his face like a flint & walked straight to the Cross.  & Paul determined to not know anything but Jesus Christ crucified.  So let us set our sails in the will of God, so we can find ourselves moving in the right direction, no matter which way the wind blows.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, The Set of the Sail

Most people don’t get the difference.  We don’t just forgive & move on.  Trust is built over time.  If you lose trust, you’ve lost your right to lead at that moment.  It takes time to rebuild it – & in our relationship with God that comes thru obedience. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“A photo of a man shows him lying on his back, a heavy chain on his ankle, dragging a huge boulder.  He had collapsed dragging this boulder, trying to earn forgiveness from God. So many people are walking around, maybe even in your church today, confused about what it takes to “get to heaven”, when the truth is heaven came to us. Ephesians 1:7 says …

In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

The redemption comes from him.  The forgiveness comes from him. You don’t have to earn it.  You can’t. So don’t make someone else drag a boulder around to earn your favor.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

…the otherness of God .. that idea that God is so pure & unique, so different from us, nothing else comes close.  That’s what makes his grace so outrageous.  God does not need of our offerings – everything we bring to him, whether a good deed, a tithe, or even a simple song of praise, came first from Him.  God even paid the price for us to draw near to Him in worship.“ ~ Matt Redman, Facedown

It comes mostly from losses & disappointment, which only leads to deeper discouragement.  So I’m learning, he says, to ask myself “Can I be content with these losses, knowing they’re part of aging – & as such are the will of God.  If I accept my lot with a quiet patience, not chafing against it, I will find it’s not without its compensations.  God’s will is a soft pillow for my head.“ ~ David Roper, A Heart of Wisdom

Prayer is an interruption of personal ambition.  It’s not a means of self-development.  When we’re born from above, the life of the Son of God begins in us – & we can either starve it or nourish it.  Prayer is not a way, he says, to get things from God – but rather that we may get to KNOW God. Oswald Chambers, If You Will Ask  

When we’re in an unhealthy condition we always look for thrills.  That leads to a counterfeit life – & eventually to destruction.  “ ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

Scriptures 

Luke 1:17

 

Verse of the Day

Lord, do good to those who are good .. to those who are upright in heart. ~ Psalm 125:4

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

After Edmund has snuck out of the Beaver’s home & is walking toward the White Witch’s castle, he begins to talk himself into betraying the others.  It says:

As for what the Witch would do with the others, he didn’t want her to be especially nice to them – but he managed to believe, or pretend to believe, she wouldn’t do anything very bad – even though, deep down inside him, he really knew she was bad & cruel.

Quotes

The only fear I have is to fear to be out of the will of God.  Outside the will of God, there’s nothing I want – & inside there’s nothing I fear – for if I am in His will, he has sworn to keep me.  He’s able to do it, wise enough to know how, & kind enough to want to.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, Success & the Christian

Diffused light, he says, doesn’t have much of an effect on what it touches – but when you focus a light, like the sun thru a magnifying glass – you can start a fire.  & if you focus it even more, it becomes a laser, which can cut thru steel or destroy cancer. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“In Genesis, we’re reminded that Joseph was …

a man among men, but nobody noticed it at first.  He was sold into slavery by his brothers & stuck in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit – but still, he was faithful & thru God’s power, overcame.

So much so that after Joseph interpreted his dream, Pharaoh said …

Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?

& then God used Joseph to save the land from famine, save his people from starvation, to later deliver them from bondage.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

In a sort of mysterious way, divine forgiveness depends on us.  Jesus hinges God’s forgiveness on our forgiving others.  I fervently wish these words weren’t in the Bible, but they are – from the lips of Christ himself.  God has granted us a terrible agency; by denying forgiveness to others, we are in effect deeming them unworthy of God’s forgiveness, & so are we.“ ~ Phillip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace

…because birds have a syrinx instead of a larynx, they can sing 2 different notes at the same time – essentially do a duet with themselves.“ ~ David Roper, A Heart of Wisdom

…One of the greatest difficulties in war is to find a man who can keep his head when everyone else is losing theirs.  It’s only done by steady practice.  When God says “Therefore take up the whole armor of God” – we’re not told to attack, but to stand – unpanicked – more than conquerors.  But this armor is not given – we have to take it up.  So prayer is not for special times, but must be our continual practice. Oswald Chambers, If You Will Ask  

It’s very common for people to every period to believe their own age is the crisis – the turning point of history.  The real hinge pin is the Cross.  Should Christ die or not?  If he refuses, the world is doomed.  If he conquers, the world will yet see day where it dwells in righteousness.“ ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Scriptures 

John 12:20-36

Isaiah 26:3

Revelation 21:3

Psalm 24:8

Psalm 59:16

Jamie Grace was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of 11 and has achieved everything that God placed in front of her with that diagnosis.

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