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This day I call the heavens & earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life & death, blessings & curses.  Now choose life, that you & your children may live. ~ Deuteronomy 30:19

A Year with Aslan from The Magician’s Nephew

We often say we “Trust in God”, but do we really?

As Aslan looks at Digory, he says …

“Son of Adam” .. “Are you ready to undo the wrong that you have done to my sweet country of Narnia on the very first day of its birth?”

Digory starts to answer .. “Well, I don’t see what I can do,” … but Aslan interrupts…

“I asked, are you ready?”  Digory says “Yes”, but the passage goes on to say that he thought about asking for a promise to help his mother, but he realized that the Lion was not at all the sort of person you could try to make bargains with.

God is less worried about your ability as He is your availability.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ That Incredible Christian

The typical church is composed of the few whose shoulders are bruised by their faithful labors & the many who are unwilling to raise a blister in the service of God & their fellow men.  Before the judgment seat of Christ my service will be judged not by how much I have done, but by how much I could have done. In God’s sight my giving is measured not by how much I have given, but by how much I could have given – & how much I had left after I made my gift.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Salvation is from the Lord and not man, but we do have a part to play.  There are Cumulative Consequences to the decisions we make.

Back in Vietnam, a lot of soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange.  They were told it was safe, but found out years later it wasn’t.  & the same thing can be true for what we’re allowing into our minds.  Society glorifies violence, promotes immorality & the love of money.  It may seem harmless now, but we’ll find out soon enough that it’s not.

That’s why 2 Corinthians 7:1 is so important.

Let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body & spirit.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

I can no more understand all the complexities of God than the pancake I made for breakfast can understand me.  At the end of the day I know the chances of our theology being exactly right are a million to one, but I also know it’s going to be okay – because God has things figured out.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

The slant of the earth, tilted at 23º, produces our seasons.  If the moon were only 50,000 miles away instead of 250,000 – the tides might be so enormous we’d all be submerged in water. & if the crust of the earth were just 10 thicker, there’s wouldn’t be any oxygen.

When we consider all that, Job 26:7 takes on new significance.

He has poised the earth on nothingness.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

the key to a life of passionate & powerful worship comes from seeing God.  We live as worshippers of the otherly in a culture of the ordinary.  All worship, he says, is a response to a revelation.  It’s only as we breathe in more of the wonders of God, that we can breathe out a fuller response to Him.

Oswald Chambers ~ The Love of God

If we try to fight God’s battles with our own weapons, we shall fail & fail miserably.  We’re told, he says, to keep [ourselves] in the Love of God, not keep on loving God.  We can’t do that, but oh that we may be driven further & further out into the ocean fullness of the Love of God, taking care that nothing entices us out of that fullness again.

Scriptures

Zechariah 12:3

Ezekiel 1

Isaiah 40:31

1 Corinthians 15:51

John 1:1-14

Monday July 7

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Now playing on Family Life Radio, Francesca Battistelli‘s Write Your Story. Here’s the story behind the song…

Friday July 11

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Thursday July 10

Mark Schultz talks about his parenting style.

 

Wednesday July 9 

What is your definition of friendship?

Family Life Radio member Jessica says accepting one for who they are, loving them unconditionally and forgiving them when they’ve wronged.

 

Tuesday July 8

Radio Twitter is telling us what you’re doing in 15 words or less.

 

Monday July 7

Name 3 blessings. They don’t necessarily have to be your top 3. Here’s what are coworkers had to say…

Family Life Radio family member Laci listed hers in two categories. Her three obvious are… Jesus, my husband and family. Her not so obvious blessings are; sunglasses, grape-flavored Chapstick and the ability to rewind television.

Peter & Shannyn – Friday, July 11

Today we finally found a Prove It Pinterest win, with Shannyn’s homemade Chia Raspberry Jam.

Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, July 10

This morning we were humbled to be joined by Anne Graham Lotz, talking about her new book Heaven.

Peter & Shannyn – Monday, July 7

Today is 7-7-7 – The 7th day of the 7th month, & Anne Graham Lotz has called our nation to a 7-hour fast today.  Pastor Jim Poole of Renaissance Vineyard Church in Royal Oak, Michigan joined us this morning to talk about the spiritual discipline of fasting.

Word for Your Life

God has delivered me from going down to the pit, & I shall live to enjoy the light of life. ~ Job 33:28

A Year with Aslan from Voyage of the Dawn Treader

It is the love of God that keeps him with us, but sometimes you’re hardest on the ones you love the most.

Reepicheep has gone overboard & Drinian is ticked. He says..

Drat that mouse!  It’s more trouble than all the rest of the ship’s company put together. It ought to be put in irons – keel-hauled – marooned – & have its whiskers cut off!  All this didn’t mean Drinian disliked Reepicheep.  On the contrary, he liked him very much & therefore was frightened about him – just as your mother is much angrier with you for running out into the road than a stranger would be.

I think the same is true for our Father in Heaven.  He gives us these boundaries because He loves us.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Tragedy In the Church

…the Holy Spirit is to the church what our own souls are to our physical bodies. Thru the operation of the Holy Spirit, Christ becomes the life, the unity, & the consciousness of the body, which is the church. Let the soul leave the physical body & all the parts of the body cease to function. Let the Spirit be denied His place in the church, & it ceases to function as God intended.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

One of the ways we’ll notice his Kingdom coming is when we start to define greatness differently than the world does.

Joshua Bell was a child prodigy on the violin & went on to become a world-class musician.  One day, walking thru his hometown a little kid shouted out at him “You’re Josh Bell – you’re famous.”  Joshua said “Not really”…but before he could say anything else said “Yes you are.  Your name is on every video game in the arcade with the high score.”

The world has it’s idea of great, but the Kingdom of Heaven values humility & servanthood.

Jay Millbrandt ~ Go + Do

…it’s easy to get caught up in the idea that we have to accomplish something of extreme significance.  We celebrate human achievement to a degree where anything less seems devoid of purpose.  The first thing we must realize is that it’s not about changing the world.  It’s about changing ourselves.  When we experience a personal revolution, it changes the way we approach the world.  That alone is significant.

David Watson ~ I Believe In the Church

If you want to make sure of keeping [your heart] intact, you must give it to no one.  Wrap it carefully round with hobbies & little luxuries.  There it will not be broken, but will become unbreakable.  The only place outside of heaven where you can be perfectly safe from love – is hell.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Aging itself is a journey away from settled & secure to endless change.  As we grow older we pass thru parts unknown, just lookin’ for a home.  Yet we can be at home in every place we dwell, for our safekeeping lies not in the place, but in God himself.  He will be our companion & friend until our traveling days are over & we reach our heart’s true Home.

Asa Phillips Randolph ~ Civil Rights Leader

Freedom is never given; it is won.

Pastor Walter Luthi ~ The Lord’s Prayer

The powers of darkness love to be without a name.  Nameless, anonymous letters without signatures are usually vulgar – but God is now writer of anonymous letters.  God puts his name on everything He does.

Oswald Chambers ~ The Love of God

Every temptation of the devil is full of the most amazing wisdom…& the lines he advocates bring success.  Christ isn’t on the line of success but on the spiritual line.  If men & women don’t continue to go with Jesus, they will begin to teach what undermines [His] kingdom.

 

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave

 

From my earliest recollection, I [held] a deep conviction that slavery would not always be able to hold me within its foul embrace; & in [my] darkest hours, this…spirit of hope did not depart from me, but remained like ministering angels to cheer me thru the gloom.  This good spirit was from God, & to him I offer thanksgiving & praise.

Scriptures

Matthew 10:14-15

Isaiah 57:18

Luke 23:24-25

Romans 5:17

James 1:17