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.
“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