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"God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, "I love you.""
- Billy Graham


Ya know... You could avoid God your whole life..... yet before your last breath
He would still turn your repentant prayer and new faith into a passport to heaven -- the only negative to this scenario is that you missed a lifetime of peace in midst of all your struggles


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There was no identity crisis in the life of Jesus Christ. He knew who He was. He knew where He had come from, and why he was here. And he knew where He was going. And when you are that liberated, then you can serve.
 --Howard Hendricks


Every daily interaction is a trust transaction. Honor God with the responsibility that He has given you....
Each faith contract broken is another
opportunity for world wide distrust to flourish

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God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man--suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal's death--and he is a hard man indeed who
 is untouched.
  - J.B. Phillips


The eye of a hurricane is equivalent to the peace of God- in the midst of any personal tragedy He can surround you with calmness


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I am an historian, I am not a believer, but I must confess as a historian that this penniless preacher from Nazareth is irrevocably the very center of history. Jesus Christ is easily the most dominant figure in all history.

--H.G. Wells


There is something so pure and frank and noble about Him that to doubt His sincerity would be like doubting the brightness of the sun.

-- Charles Edward Jefferson


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"Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life."

Rick Warren



Keep your prayers, it will be your compass.
Leave the prayers, and you’ll lose that compass and lose yourself

-Unknown


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“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.”

– Epicetus



Open the eyes of your soul---
You will see the authentication of all of God's promises

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You’re not here as the Source of light. You’re only here as a mirror that reflects and transmits the light from the Source.
Your role is to keep polishing the mirror.


-Unknown


"God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other
to give with."


- Billy Graham




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“The most important thing in the world is family and love.”

– John Wooden



"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."

-Mother Teresa



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Take a moment
 
- climb a remembrance mountain


Take a moment
- look at the vastness of your past struggles and blessings


Take a moment
-lock in mentally all the times that God provided His promised deliverances


Take a moment
- you will see the past has purpose


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“Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…it’s something we make inside ourselves.”

--Corrie ten Boom


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“Don’t give up on your dreams, or your dreams will give up on you.”

 – John Wooden



"There is power in praying for each other but also in praying with each other."

-Rick Warren



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I am going to focus on
my skills and
God given abilities
....
ignoring the temptation to disparage my adversaries


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"Make sure that team members know they are working with you, not for you."

[John Wooden]




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Sometimes when you ask for a fruit, God will give you a seed so you can plant it into a tree, until it’s fruitful and gives you more fruits than you’ve expected.
Sometimes when you ask for a diamond, God will give you a treasure map so you can enrich yourself from the journey, and more ways of valuing the diamond itself.

There are many paths God answers our prayers. God may not give you what you want, the way you want it. But He will give you what you need.

-Unknown


"Words are charged with everlasting power.  The radiant words of the Sermon on the Mount light the spirits of each generation." 

-Wilferd Peterson



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     "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.

MLK



"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are."

-Ara Parasheghian



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"A relationship with Jesus secures your place in Heaven, but it does more than that. God promises a life of purpose, peace, and power to all who know him."

-Rick Warren



Measure your wealth spiritually not materially --
the interest that God pays is eternal


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"Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness."

- Billy Graham



“The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”

Corrie ten Boom




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"If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive."

MLK


Jesus was the first socialist, the first to seek a better life for mankind.

-Mikhail Gorbachev



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      "Believers....look up - take courage. The angels are nearer than you think."

- Billy Graham 


"Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude."

[MLK]

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Barter your burdens for peace....
Faith in Christ is the transaction initiator


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"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired."

-Mother Teresa



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“What wings are to a bird and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”
 
Corrie ten Boom



Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

- Elizabeth Kübler-Ross



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Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake...
alive in the present moment.  

Thich Nhat Hanh


Walking peacefully through life -
without
-fear-anxiety-worry-
These are the advantages
of a Christ redeemed soul


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"Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work."

-Mother Teresa


“Just do the best you can. No one can do more than that.”

– John Wooden


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"Very few of us know the secret of
 bathing our souls in silence.
 It was a secret our Lord Jesus Christ knew very well."


A. W. Tozer



 "The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service."

- Billy Graham



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God's Love network is of unfathomable magnitude - yet in great simplicity does He offer to you the way to Heaven-
freedom is just a salvation prayer away


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"If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes."

Corrie ten Boom


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“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

– William James


“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”

– Erma Bombeck



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"Whoever loves much, performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”

– Vincent Van Gogh


“The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength not a lack of knowledge but rather a lack of will.”

– Vince Lombardi


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Your neglected soul--the liaison between God's love and wisdom and your fractured mind

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“Only in the eyes of love you can find infinity.”

― Sorin Cerin


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"Good works are links that form a chain of love."

-Mother Teresa


"Love is larger than the walls which shut it in."

Corrie ten Boom




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The essence of God's love:
 He is working for you
He is working on you
He is working beside you ....
that you may have life to the fullest


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"What is a loving heart?  A loving heart is sensitive to the whole of life, to all persons; a loving heart doesn't harden itself to any persons or things. "

--Anthony de Mello


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My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to You—
I whom You have delivered.

Psalm 71:23



Matthew 10:28

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.



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“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.”

― Rumi



Every problem ever presented, sensed the solution hovering above it

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“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”

― Anne Sexton


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

-C.S. Lewis



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The foundation of the Christian’s
peace is everlasting; it is what no time, no change can destroy. It will remain when the body dies; it will remain when the mountains depart and the hills shall be removed, and when the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll.
The fountain of His comfort shall never be diminished, and the stream shall never be dried. His comfort and joy is a living spring in the soul,
a well of water springing
up to everlasting life.

-Jonathan Edwards



“You cannot find peace by avoiding life.”

― Virginia Woolf



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“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

― Mahatma Gandhi



“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:

- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”

― Mahatma Gandhi



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Connecting your soul to God's will is a link to unlimited strength

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"Prayer is not a discourse. It is a form of life, the life with God. That is why it is not confined to the moment of verbal statement."

-Jaques Ellul



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"Prayer is not so much an act as it is an attitude -- an attitude of dependency, dependency upon God."

- Arthur Pink



“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.”

― Oprah Winfrey




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“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”

― Mark Twain


Every Bible verse ever written is a bridge between weakness and strength

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“Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.”

― Anne Lamott


“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson



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"The Lord promises to bind up the brokenhearted, to give relief and full deliverance to those whose spirits have been weighed down."

Charles R. Swindoll


“Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.”

― Max Lucado



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“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

― Mahatma Gandhi


“Sometimes God allows what he hates to accomplish what he loves.”

― Joni Eareckson Tada




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“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

― Thomas Aquinas


Success is not being the best in the world....
.....it is honoring your God given unique skill set by giving your best in your daily encounters

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“There is a fire inside. Sit down beside it. Watch the flames, the ancient, flickering dance of yourself.”

—John MacEnulty


“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart.”

—Pearl S. Buck


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Life's troubles...The gravitational force moving us towards God's everlasting protection

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“The goal of childhood is to become an individual; the goal of adulthood is to give that individuality away. The task of childhood is to separate; the task of adulthood is to connect.”

—James W. Jones



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“Faith is belief in what you cannot see or prove or touch. Faith is walking face-first and full-speed into the dark.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert



“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson




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“I had to deny knowledge in order to make room for faith.”

― Immanuel Kant



To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.”

 —Donald A. Adams



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"In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place"

-Ghandi


Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.



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If God's first Son was treated unfairly
... How can we expect to be free from some of the same treatment ?

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"You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains....."

Josh Groban


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I've been trying to get down to the
 Heart of the Matter
Because the flesh will get weak
And the ashes will scatter
So I'm thinking about forgiveness
Forgiveness
Even if, even if you don't love me.....

Don Henley




1 John 3:22

And whatever we ask we receive from him...

 because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.



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Either God is blessing or training us....
Wouldn't we want to partake in His full measure of giving and workmanship ?

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“The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.”

― Paulo Coelho



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“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

― Aristotle



“Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.”

― Fulton J. Sheen



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“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen


We will never taste the sweet victory of Salvation.... Without first feeding from the table of suffering and life struggle

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“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
 
Dalai Lama


Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”
 Henry Ward Beecher


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“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

 Dalai Lama



There are a million philosophers and gurus in the world but there is only one way to put that wisdom in action and that's the power of God
moving from your soul into your mind

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“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.”
 
Thomas Merton


“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”

― Mahatma Gandhi



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“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

― Maya Angelou


“Dig deep and empower yourself today. Stand in your inner strength. Be uniquely you.”

― Amy Leigh Mercree



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“Hope is holding on to the promises of God.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita



In the midst of disobedience we continue to love our children
In the midst of defiance God continues to love us

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“You ought to forgive others. Sometimes, the dark deed of others is due to inner struggles and fears. With your shining light and kind deeds, you will help them to turn to the light.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita



“It is only God who can fill our void.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita



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Embrace your problems, your struggles
with thankfulness and patience --
Soon will they blossom into blessings of
greater faith and prayerfulness

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“May you find the courage to be grateful for every circumstance.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita


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“I am in awe of flowers.
Not because of their colors,
but because even though they
have dirt in their roots,
they still grow.
They still bloom.”

― D. Antoinette Foy


“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

― Nicolas Chamfort



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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

― Corrie ten Boom



“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

― C.S. Lewis



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We will never see true emotional freedom---
until we direct our vision towards
God's point of view

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“I have faith that God will show you the answer. But you have to understand that sometimes it takes a while to be able to recognize what God wants you to do. That's how it often is. God's voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments,
the answer is obvious and
rings as loud as a church bell.”


― Nicholas Sparks



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“The pupil dilates in darkness and in the end finds light, just as the soul dilates in misfortune and in the end finds God.”

― Victor Hugo



“Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.”

― Brennan Manning


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“The reason birds can fly and we can't is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings.”

― J.M. Barrie


I have one desire now - to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”

― Elisabeth Elliot



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Display the glory of God that lives within you........
It is the greatest gift you will ever give

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“If you live gladly to make others glad in God, your life will be hard, your risks will be high, and your joy will be full.”

― John Piper



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“A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.”

 Abraham J. Heschel


“Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”

 Eric Hoffer



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“By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also”
--
 Thomas Browne



“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.”

― Abraham Lincoln




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“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

― Corrie ten Boom



“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.”

― C. JoyBell



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Faith leaves no space for fear

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“Forgiveness is the final form of love.”
― Reinhold Niebuhr



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“You have no control of uncertainties! You can only control your life and your reaction to any event. May you find grace for patient endurance.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita



“Adversity tests what the soul can endure.”

― Lailah Gifty Akita



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“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog -- the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”

― Corrie ten Boom



Daily blessing or daily training.....
This is God's workmanship

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1 John 5:18

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.


2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance


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