powerful quotes

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Rev. L. Goodwin

POWERFUL QUOTES 

  • Love is:
  • Slow to suspect — quick to trust.
  • Slow to condemn — quick to justify.
  • Slow to offend — quick to defend.
  • Slow to reprimand — quick to forbear.
  • Slow to belittle — quick to appreciate.
  • Slow to demand — quick to give.
  • Slow to provoke — quick to conciliate.
  • Slow to hinder — quick to help.
  • Slow to resent — quick to forgive.  (The Baptist Challenge) 

“Love sees through a telescope not a microscope.” 

“The best proof of love is trust.” (Joyce Brothers) 

Men love in haste, but detest at leisure.” (Lord Byron) 

“Love is the Christian’s ID card” (John 13:34,35) 

“Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies.”  (John Donne) 

One day C. H Spurgeon was walking through the countryside with a friend & they came across a barn with a weather vane on its roof. On the vane were the words: `God is love’. Spurgeon passed the comment that he thought it an inappropriate place for such a message. He said “Weather vanes are changeable but God’s love is constant.” The friend said, “I don’t agree Charles because the sign indicates a different truth to me – regardless of which way the wind blows God is love.”

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prayer dynamics

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Rev. E. Anderson

PRAYER FOR CONFESSION OF SIN: THE PURPOSE
Taken from All About Prayer

Prayer for confession of sin is important because God has called us to come to Him, seeking His forgiveness. Sin separates us from God; He is perfect and cannot tolerate the presence of sin. You might ask, “But what is sin and why should I confess it? What happens if I don’t?” Sin is unbelief, being out of God’s will, or committing offenses. A few of these include:

  • Arrogance (pride, haughtiness, controlling)
  • Hatred, (racism, jealousy, evil acts)
  • Idolatry, (Anything that is more important than God to you.)
  • Adultery/lust (pornography is included)

The Bible tells us that all people have sinned and fall short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). We are not perfect creatures, but we should strive to be the way Jesus has shown us to be. If we truly love God, we will want to please Him.

“If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts” (1 John 1:8-10).

PRAYER FOR CONFESSION OF SIN: THE HOW

God affords us every opportunity to confess our sins, to be instantly forgiven, and to reap eternal rewards. In fact, He says we should take up our cross daily (Luke 9:23). This verse means to deny selfish desires and to choose a righteous direction in life.

Confession is beginning a renewed relationship with God. He doesn’t require that it be a formal, memorized, robotic act.

  • The Lord wants to see true, meaningful repentance from humbled hearts (Matthew 11:28-30).
  • He wants us to be specific in our prayer for the confession of sin, not generic (Daniel 9:4-19). Tell God what you did.
  • He wants us to acknowledge that we have sinned, and He wants us to know that He readily forgives (Psalm 32:5-7).
  • As He forgives us, we should also be forgiving others (Matthew 6:12).
  • Confessing our sins to one another, offers us accountability, allowing us to pray effectively for each other (James 5:16.

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points to ponder

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Rev. E. Anderson

FEELING FOR OTHERS

‘I remember you in my prayers at all times’ – Romans 1; 9,10

One Bible teacher writes: ‘We don’t look, act, or dress alike. We have different tastes in food, books, cars and music. We work at different jobs…enjoy different hobbies …but one thing we have in common. We know what it means to hurt. Suffering is universal. Tears are the same for Jews, Muslims, Christians, white, black, brown, children, adults, and the elderly. When life hurts and dreams fade we express our anguish in different ways, but each of us knows the sting of pain, heartache, disease, disaster, trials and suffering. A great preacher of yester-year once said to a group of aspiring young ministers, Preach to the suffering and you’ll never lack a congregation. There’s a broken heart in every pew. Suffering is the common thread in all our garments.

When Peter wrote his first letter to fellow believers scattered throughout Asia he focused on the thing that drew them all together-suffering. These people were being singed by the same flames of persecution that would take the apostle’s life in just a few years. Their circumstances were the bleakest imaginable. Yet Peter didn’t try to pump them up with positive thinking. Instead, he gently reached his hand to their chins and lifted their faces skyward-so they could see beyond their circumstances to their celestial calling. Some people instinctively know what to say to encourage others; they’re the ones we look for when we’re going through hard times. Jethro encouraged Moses (Exodus 18); Epaphroditus ministered to Paul (Philippians 2:25-30). Ask God to make you the kind of friend whose presence brings comfort and encouragement.

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