Never, Never Quit

Scripture I have not achieved perfection, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race. ~Philippians 3:13-14, NLT Quote Strong minds suffer without complaining; weak minds complain without suffering. ~Charles Cowman Three of my favorite characters in …

Sloth

Scripture The desire of the slothful killeth him;    for his hands refuse to labour. ~Proverbs 21:25, AKJV Quote Sloth make all things difficult; he that rises late must trot all day and shall scarce complete his business before night. ~Ben Franklin The NLT’s translation of Proverbs 21:25 is–Despite their desires, the lazy will come to ruin, …

Wealth Inexplorable!

Scripture Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. ~Ephesians 3:8, AKJV Quote The Christian life is set to music; the un-Christian way is set to misery. ~Charles Cowman The devotions in STREAMS IN THE DESERT …

Self-Praise

Scripture Let another praise you, and not your own mouth. ~Proverbs 27:2, NRSV Quote “Pride is it’s own trumpet, and whatever praised itself but in the deed, devours the deed in the praise.” ~William Shakespeare Shakespeare knew the bible and had obviously studied the teachings of Jesus. The Pharisees had a mutual admiration society going …

Benevolence Vs. Malevolence

Scripture Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. ~Ephesians 4:32, NRSV Quote Maliciousness is the tendency of man to do evil with the good that God has given him. ~Martin Luther In studying Romans chapter one in preparation for upcoming sermons, I came across these thoughts …

Strife

Scripture Those who are hot-tempered stir up strife,    but those who are slow to anger calm contention. ~Proverbs 15:18, NRSV Quote Most of us have been nurtured by a culture that nourishes revenge and mocks grace. ~Van Leevwen When I picked up Keller’s devotional yesterday and read the text…It is to one’s honor to avoid strife …

Darkness, Good Or Evil

Scripture Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. ~Psalm 139:12, NIV Quote Never mind whether you sleep or not, just be still. In the quiet and the darkness, you hear the still small voice as did Samuel the boy. …

Pure Grace

Scripture Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God?  ~I Corinthians 4:7, MSG Quote God’s way is not a matter of mere talk; it’s a life empowered for service. ~Paul of Tarsus {MSG} The Corinthians are acting immaturely. Matter of fact Paul said they act like babies at the breast, grabbing for what they want …

Humility

Scripture Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,    and humility comes before honor. ~Proverbs 15:33, NIV Quote The ultimate Power in the universe showed that He was strong enough to become weak. ~Timothy Keller It is incredible when you think about it: Jesus, the Son of God, the Lion of the tribe of Judah gave us the …