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Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ~ Matthew 6:27

A Year with Aslan from Prince Caspian

We can say we trust God, but do we follow his instruction to not be afraid?

After Lucy sees Aslan, she can’t convince the others – so she doesn’t follow.  The next night, Aslan comes again & Lucy starts wondering what would have happened if she’d followed.

Aslan says ..

To know what would’ve happened child…nobody is ever told that.  But anyone can find out what will happen.  If you go back to the others now & wake them up;  & tell them you’ve seen me again; & that you must all get up at once & follow me-what will happen?  There’s only one way to find out.

That may be the most haunting passage in all the Narnia series. We may not be able to know what would’ve happened…but we can know beautiful things will happen if we follow Jesus.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ Christ, the Eternal Son

Probably every faithful preacher today is fencing with masters as he faces his congregation. The guard is always up. The quick parry is always ready. It’s very rare for anyone to come into the house of God with guard completely down, head bowed in silent confession.  We’ve become so learned & so sophisticated & so blasé that the clouds of glory seem to have gone from us.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

If we’re going to ask the Lord to reign in us, it has to be all of us.  That’s what leads to Peak Living.

1 Corinthians 9:24 says…

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.

We typically think of that in the context of our spiritual lives, but the same is true physically & emotionally. When we run as if to win the prize, we’re much quicker to take stock of our lives – what we’re putting into our bodies & our minds.

Remember that the enemy of better is good enough.

Francis Chan ~ Multiply

From the beginning of Christianity, the natural overflow of being a disciple of Jesus has always been to make disciples of Jesus. Jesus said “Follow me & I will make you fishers of men”  God’s design has been for every single disciple of Jesus to make disciples who make disciples who make disciples until the gospel spreads to all peoples.  Yet we have subtly taken this costly command of Christ & mutated it into a comfortable call for Christians to come & listen in one location.

Matt Redman ~ Facedown

There’s a whole lot of shouting for joy in some of our worship gatherings, but how much face to the ground devotion do we see?  In Leviticus 9:24 it says the glory of the Lord appeared & fire came out from His presence.  When the people of God saw this, they shouted for joy & fell facedown.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

When we worship God, we worship a Being our life experience does not give us the tools to understand.  If we could, God would not inspire awe. All the wonder of God happens above our formula.  The more I climb outside my pat answers, the more invigorating the view – & the more my heart enters into worship.

Laura Story ~ O Love of God

The only thing that comes natural to me is loving me.  But that’s really where the love of God comes in.  It’s not just that Christ’s example of love inspires us, it actually enables us to love others.  1 Corinthians 13 talks about love being patient & kind.  I’m none of those things…but I believe Christ can be .. through me.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

When God…through His Spirit…gives you a clear vision of His will, you must “walk in the light” of that vision – even though [you] may [not] be thrilled by it.  If you don’t, disobeying will make you a slave to ideas & views that are completely foreign to Christ…& if a New Testament standard is revealed to us & we don’t try to measure up – we begin to backslide.

Scriptures

Ezekiel 34:18

Revelation 6:12-13

Revelation 4

 

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Greg Yoder with Mission Network News joined us this morning to talk about how Christians can pray for Muslims during Ramadan.  Click here for more.

Friday June 27

Debbie Williams won our Mother’s Day contest. We had the honor of hearing the reaction to this unique gift and wanted to share it with you.

 

Thursday June 26

Do you have a rule everyone must follow in your home? Our colleagues say yes they do and here’s what they are…

Family Life Radio member Judy says “no eating on the couch, but toilet paper fights are a must. We like to have fun.”

 

Wednesday June 25

Johnny’s sister found out quickly that the one thing she said she’d never do as a parent, she did. She called their mom for help. Hear what our colleagues did…

Family Life Radio Member Kimberly says entertaining them by putting a movie in the dvd player.

 

Tuesday June 24

You can get exercise and boost office morale at the same time!

 

Monday June 23

Mark Hall Casting Crowns

Casting Crowns‘ Mark Hall says his family has about two hours to explore the cities they tour.

Word for Your Life

As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart. ~ Proverbs 27:19

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

We were created to multiply the image of God in the world, but there is a point where we have to step up.

As Aslan is showing Cair Paravel to Peter, they hear Susan’s horn blow, indicating she needs help. When they show up, Susan is hanging by a thread onto a tree branch – just out of the reach of a wolf. Several of the other creatures run to take care of business, but Aslan steps in & says ..

BACK!  Let the Prince win his spurs.

Peter was probably the least likely to win victory at that time, & he didn’t feel very brave, but he fought anyway.

Quotes

A-W Tozer ~ The Counselor

He is loving & kind & friendly, the Holy Spirit can be grieved.  Suppose you had a son who began to go bad, & you were called to the police station.  Your boy & another sit there in handcuffs.  You’d feel sorry for the other boy, but you don’t love him like you love your son.  Your grief for your own son would penetrate your heart like a sword.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

One day everyone will know what we know, but living for Him can feel at times like we’re on trial.

That was the case for David Coppedge, a lead scientist on a project for NASA. David believed in the Genesis account of creation, & because of that .. he was fired.

Those kinds of trials can face us too, but in Acts 23 the Apostle Paul says …

I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.

When we believe that, we may face trials.  We should seek God, asking for his wisdom, & know that He is able to work all things together for the good.

Narrative of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, & incur my own hatred.

Tim Keller

It’s not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. Strong faith in a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch.

Donald Miller ~ Blue Like Jazz

Jesus puts a song in your heart & helps you get over self-addiction.

David Platt ~ Radical

…Abraham can extend God’s glory – so God’s salvation would be made known to all peoples.  & the reason God let [Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego] be thrown into a fiery furnace was so they’d come out on the other side without a drop of sweat on their brows, & this pagan king would know [their] God is worthy of praise.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

The questions that really matter in life are remarkably few, & are all answered by these words – Come To Me.  If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires .. & I’ll find the song of the Lord beginning in my life.

Scriptures

Romans 6:18

Isaiah 43:1

Psalm 51:10

Acts 12

Isaiah 53:3