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Let the wise listen & add to their learning, & let the discerning get guidance. ~ Proverbs 1:5

A Year with Aslan from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Perhaps the most amazing thing about grace is that it doesn’t look like we think it should.

Lucy, Eustace & the others have landed on his island & found these men all in a deep trance around a table – with one of them grasping this knife. & a spirit comes & says to them “Don’t you know about it?”  Lucy answers ..

I think I’ve seen something like it before.  It was a knife like it that the White Witch used when she killed Aslan. The girl says “It was the same. & it was brought here to be kept in honor while the world lasts.”

That’s what the Cross is for us. The Bible says when Jesus laid down his life, he disarmed the forces of evil.  He made a public spectacle of them, turning an instrument of torture & death into the perfect symbol of love, sacrifice & triumph.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Being overwhelmed – it’s an idea we can all relate to.  If that’s you today, take encouragement.

Whether it’s a relationship, a financial struggle, or even a physical ailment, there’s no getting around the truth that life is tough.  But it’s also true that God has blessed your home.  One of the biggest ways he’s done that is by giving you each other.  Nobody’s perfect, but a family unit is perfectly designed to help you weather your storms.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ The Set of the Sail

Faith grows with use.  If we would have great faith we must begin to use the little faith we already have.  God waits to be invited to display His power, & the world situation is such that nothing less than God can straighten it out.  So let’s not fail the world & disappoint God by failing to pray.

Helen Keller

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Hannah Smith ~ The Christian’s Secret of A Happy Life

Holding onto what was isn’t healthy for what is.

Ron Ragotzy ~ Raising Abel

Understanding faith is like solving a Sudoku puzzle.  At first it’s hard to see how everything will work out, but as you start filling in numbers, more answers are revealed.  & there’s often more than one route to the answer.  It wouldn’t be a puzzle if you could see the whole picture at the beginning.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

“Jesus did not commit Himself to them, for He knew what was in man.” ~ John 2:24-25

& yet, he was never suspicious, never bitter, never lost hope for anyone – because his trust was in God first.  He absolutely trusted in what God’s grace could do for others.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me & drink.  & he goes on to say that in those moments when it seems like love has dried up, or the demands on your time & energy drain you, or you just get weary of the struggle – all of this comes from God, the never-ending source of righteousness, joy, & peace.  & where God’s river flows, there is life.  But there is one requirement: We must thirst.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

We come to God thru Jesus, in Jesus, & with Jesus.  God receives with delight the gifts that belonged to him in the first place, but he also pays the price for their delivery.  Time after time we find ourselves amazed, yet let’s not be fooled into thinking this story is about us.  It never has been.

Phillip Yancey ~ What’s So Amazing About Grace?

In the mid-70s, Polish & Czech dissidents decided to change the way they fought communism.  They started acting in the way they thought society should act.  If you want freedom of speech, speak freely.  If you love the truth, tell the truth.  The authorities didn’t know how to respond.

Charles Dickens

The whole difference between construction & creation is that a thing constructed can only be loved after it’s constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

Scriptures

John 21

Psalm 80:7

Matthew 22:1-14

Zephaniah 3:17

Psalm 18:16

 

For King & Country – Joel and Luke Smallbone – keep the music in the family with Moriah Peters and Rebecca St. James.

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Peter & Shannyn – Tuesday, August 12

As we awoke this morning to the tragic news of Robin Williams’ passing from an apparent suicide, we thought it would be appropriate to provide some helps for those you may know who suffer from depression.  Depression affects 1 in 10 of us, but help is available.  Click here for more.

Also there is a National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

Friday August 14

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Thursday August 14

What are you thankful for today?

Family Life Radio Member Lisa says she is thankful for good results on her biopsy.

 

Wednesday August 13

What is the coolest thing a neighbor ever did for you? Tanya says her wonderful neighbor knew Tanya was trying to make ends meet. She lost her job and her mom in the same month. Her neighbor dropped a big box full of everything from food to toilet paper in it. “All I could do was hug her and cry.”

 

Tuesday August 12

Family Life Radio Family Members share a radio tweet by telling us what they are doing in 15 words or less.

 

Monday August 11

Besides keeping Christ the center of your marriage, what do you do to make your marriage successful? Here’s what our colleagues had to share….

Family Life Radio Member Laci says both of you need to give 90% and only take 10%.

Monday August 11

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Joel Smallbone from For King & Country shares the story behind their song Fix My Eyes.