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[20 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 553 views]

I am only a wick. With many of us it takes a long time to learn this lesson. It is only when the wick is soaked in oil that it can burn. If you wish for the fullness of the Spirit in order that your church should be crowded or people flock to hear you, the Holy Spirit cannot work through you. If people begin to talk about the wick, there is generally something wrong with the burning.

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[19 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 209 views]

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us, we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.

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[18 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 213 views]

You’ve never understood have you, Marcie, that when a person complains, he doesn’t want a solution, he wants sympathy!!

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[17 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 280 views]

One step backward does not mean you are defeated. It just means that you need to take a step forward again. But this time wiser.

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[17 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 385 views]

It was battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it sacrcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bidden, good folk?” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?
“A dollar – a dollar – then two, only two –
“Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
“Going for Three” – but no –
From the room far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loosened strings,
He played a melody pure and …

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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 192 views]

If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you such demands of obedience, that you will not be able to follow other people, or measure yourself by other Christians, and in many ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He will not let you do.
Other Christians and ministers who seem very religious and useful, may push themselves, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, but you …

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[16 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 250 views]

Sometimes standing for principles is going to cost you something. But not near as much as it will eventually cost you if you do not stand for them.

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[15 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 387 views]

The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.

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[15 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 362 views]

We can find sound advice in the most unlikely of places sometimes, can’t we? Winnie the Pooh himself will tell you he is a “bear of little brain,” but he also has an uncommon, clear-eyed wisdom.
Because of Pooh’s thoughtfulness for his friends (which comes second only to hunny), he would likely make a pretty fair minister, were he not a fictitious stuffed animal. Here are six lessons of ministry we could all stand to learn from the lovable bear who’s all stuffed with fluff.
Lesson 1: “You can’t stay in your …

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[14 Jan 2009 | No Comment | 348 views]

Whenever success is made the motive of service, infidelity to our Lord is the inevitable result…The only way to keep true to God is by a steady persistent refusal to be interested in Christian work and to be interested alone in Jesus Christ.