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Verse of the Day

“…Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; He lifts his voice, & the earth melts. ~ Psalm 46:6

A Year with Aslan from Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Some of my biggest hallelujahs have come when God has revealed something about myself to me & I’ve been able to confess it & grow. That’s kinda where we find Eustace in today’s devotion.  He has just awakened to find he is a dragon, & for a brief moment the thought occurs to him that he could get even with the others on the ship now – but he realized he didn’t want to anymore.  It reads ..

He wanted to be friends.  He wanted to get back to humans & talk & laugh.  He began to realize the others hadn’t been fiends at all, & he wondered if he had been such a nice person as he always supposed.  & he longed for their voices.

Eustace eventually got back to being human, but it only came through confession.  & the same is true for us.  Our lives won’t change until we repent.

Quotes

Unbelief says “Some other time, not now.  Some other place, not here. Some other people, not us.”  But FAITH says “Anything he did anywhere else, He will do here.  Anything he did any other time, he’s willing to do now.  & anything he did for other people, he’ll do for us.”  If we will yield & obey, God doesn’t care about the limits – He’s bigger than all of them.  The question is – will you open your heart?“ ~ A.W. Tozer, The Counselor

We can’t be all God created us to be if we don’t take our thoughts captive.  If you talked to your friends the way you talk to yourself, you probably wouldn’t have friends anymore – because we fill our heads with lies.  & your thoughts don’t have to be true, you just have to believe them. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

“When grace comes looking for you, it’s a pretty rare thing.  Three of the gospels share a story about a woman who was afflicted who reached out to touch Jesus’ robe.  Jesus did not just tell her “You’re healed”, but “Go in Peace”.  That is as much a mindset as anything.  If we wait for the world to agree with us about anything, especially Jesus, we’ll never have peace. But if we accept his grace – we can live in his presence – & know his shalom.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

If you don’t have all the things you want, be grateful for all that you don’t have that you don’t want.“ ~ Marty Radcliff

The wind & waves were high when Peter stepped out of the boat, but he didn’t see them at first – he simply recognized his Lord.  If we’re doing that, we aren’t overwhelmed by our circumstances – but realize he is engineering them.  As you become totally unrestrained in your faith, casting everything on him, you will only recognize his voice all the more – & be willing to risk your all.“ ~ Oswald Chambers, Utmost for His Highest

If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching – but whether or not he rose from the dead.” ~ Pastor Tim Keller

Nowhere in scripture do I see a balanced life with a little bit of God added in .. When Jesus tells us to take up our cross, it’s a call to radical faith. To walk in such intimacy with the Spirit that my genuine response when he moves is to dance with abandon.  God is capable of this, but typically asks us to play an active role.  Like we have to get on the treadmill & run if we want results.” ~ Francis Chan, Forgotten God

“Men & women were created in the image of God.  Fearfully & wonderfully made … His glory was shared with us.  Psalm 8 says “You’ve made them a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory & honor.”  We’ve heard a bit about original sin, but not nearly enough about original glory.” John Eldredge, Waking the Dead  

“For every atrocity there must be an equal & opposite atrocity.” ~ Lance Morrow

Scriptures 

Isaiah 58:4-8

Isaiah 29:13

2 Corinthians 4:18

 

Tuesday March 25

Matthew West’s song Do Something is playing on Family Life Radio. Here’s the story behind the song.

Friday March 28

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

If Will e Coyote had money to build a trap for the roadrunner why didn’t he just buy dinner? – Johnny Stone

Too long have I lived among those who hate peace. Psalm 120:6

A man can be destroyed but not defeated. Ernest Hemingway

How is it that you put man on the moon before you figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Not Bible

The Lord then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Genesis 7:1

You must lose everything in order to gain anything. Brad Pitt

 

Thursday March 27

Who would you like to thank? Family Life Radio member Christina would like to thank a woman she babysat for as a teen. She helped Christina develop self-confidence and poise. Our colleagues commented as well.

 

Wednesday March 26

What are you thankful for?

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15

 

Tuesday March 25

Children are a gift from God.  James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

What are the unsung benefits of having children? Family Life Radio member Dawn says being able to push all the buttons on the toys at the toy store.

 

Monday March 24

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

“I know if mam ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Jeff Foxworthy

“Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” Billy Graham

“We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.” Joyce Carol Oates

“All hope abandon, ye who enter here!” Dante Alighieri

“They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons.” Psalm 106:37

“If we have been pleased with life, we should not be displeased with death, since it comes from the hand of the same master.” Michelangelo

 

Peter & Shannyn – Friday, March 28

Today’s the day the new film Noah hits theaters, & we brought in an expert on the subject.  Jeff Kinley is with Dallas Theological Seminary, & author of the new book As It Was In the Days of Noah.

Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, March 27

Spring Cleaning week continues with Joan Webb, the Intentional Woman, with some tips on how to clean out that crowded schedule!

Peter & Shannyn – Wednesday, March 26

As Spring Cleaning week continues, today we focus on cleaning out our bodies with Wendy Brand from Vibrant Health & Wellness.

Peter & Shannyn – Tuesday, March 25

Spring Cleaning week continues today with part 2 of our chat with The Fly Lady, Marla Cilley, on the importance of a clean sink.

Peter & Shannyn – Monday, March 24

It’s Spring Cleaning time!  This morning on the show we’re joined by Marla Cilley, aka The Fly Lady, to talk about cleaning out the clutter.

Verse of the Day

“…great peace have those who love your law, & nothing can make them stumble. ~ Psalm 119:165

Crossings ~ Lee Webber

I came to the swift, raging river & the roar held the echo of fear;
“O Lord, give me wings to fly over, If you are as you promised quite near.”
But he said “Trust the grace I am giving. All pervasive, sufficient for you.
Take my hand we will face this together, but my plan is not over but through.”

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

Luke 18 tells us we have to enter the kingdom of Heaven like a little child.  That’s just the way Lucy Pevensie entered Narnia, but in today’s devotion we learn that Edmund didn’t.  As they both speak to Peter, Edmund says …

Oh yes.  Lucy & I have been playing, pretending that her story about a country in the wardrobe is true.  Just for fun of course.  There’s nothing really there.

That sends Lucy out of the room crying, & Edmund thinks by making fun of Lucy he’ll score points with Peter but just the opposite happens.  The lesson for us is clear - it’s easy to pile on, but it takes real character to show grace.

Quotes

God has nothing to say to the frivolous man.  The psalmists wrote in tears, the prophets could hardly conceal their heavy heartedness, & the apostle Paul broke into tears when he thought about how many were enemies of the Cross.  There is not power in tears per se, but tears & power lie close together.  God, send them soon.“ ~ A.W. Tozer, God Tells the Man Who Cares

We can’t make changes in our lives until we understand our identity.  We may all have been given different parents, pains & problems, but we all have potential.  It’s like a game of cards: You’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt. ~ Pastor Rick Warren, Daily Hope

Redemption isn’t a word we use much outside of church, but think of it like going to a big yard sale.  All kinds of stuff rejected by its owners, but gets a second chance at usefulness when you redeem it. Redemption means you were bought at a price .. & the price was Jesus’ life .. but that allowed God to remove from you the penalty of your sin.“ ~ Daily Walk Devotion, Intentional Living Center

“A team of Navy SEALs went in to rescue some hostages, but the hostages wouldn’t follow.  They didn’t believe them, thinking they were kidnappers just messing with them.  So one SEAL put his guns down, took off his helmet, went & sat down,  huddled up in the corner with the hostages – getting as close as he could.  Then he told them “We’re Americans & here to rescue you.”  That’s when they believed him, because they knew the kidnappers would never have treated them like that.“ ~ Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

Christianity is not a matter of deciding for Christ, or making vows.  The way of His entrance into us is the knowledge of our own poverty.  A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow & arrow is in the hands of an archer.  God is aiming at something the saint can’t see.  He stretches & strains, & every now & then the saint says “I can’t stand it any more”..but God doesn’t heed; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight .. then he lets the arrow fly.“ ~ Oswald Chambers, The Love of God

If grace is so amazing, why don’t Christians show more of it?  The ladder of power, he says, reaches up.  The ladder of grace reaches down.” ~ Philip Yancey, What’s So Amazing About Grace?

“Don’t follow where the path may lead .. [follow God] where there’s no path & leave a trail.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (paraphrase)

Scriptures 

Luke 6:47-49

Luke 1:68

2 Corinthians 3:7-11

Romans 8:22-27