SMALL THOUGHTS

Jesus was a “friend of sinners” because there’s a difference between accepting a person & approving a lifestyle.

Don’t let zeal for avoiding the second thing keep you from embracing the first.

 

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Who you really ARE is revealed by what you regularly DO.

 

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Conviction addresses your BEHAVIOR. Condemnation attacks your IDENTITY.

Conviction brings sadness about what you’ve DONE. Condemnation brings shame about who you ARE.

 

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The more deeply I believe God’s love FOR me, the more readily I obey His commands TO me.

 

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David believed in God, because God first believed in him.

 

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To truly make a difference, a sermon must be more weighty than the problems the people brought in with them.

 

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Repentance is not drumming up your strength to do the right thing;

It’s discovering the emptiness of sin and the delight of Christ Himself.

 

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Service TO God does not automatically mean

relationship WITH Him.

(re: 1 Samuel 3:1, 7)

 

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The test of a true Christian is not the morality of their actions, but the focus of their heart.

However, the test of a heart’s focus is always the action it produces.

 

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PRAYER: God responds not to arrogant, presumptuous demands,

but to humble, repentant petitions.

(re: Nehemiah 9)

 

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A crimson thread is running through

The things I’ve done, the things I’ll do.

It binds me to the risen Lord;

His saving blood,the scarlet cord.

 

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KINGDOM vision says, “I don’t care where you go on Sunday morning,

but how well you love and serve the rest of the week.”

 

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Underneath all our traditions

& methods

& sound systems

& websites

& videos,

if it doesn’t SERVE people for the glory of GOD,

it means nothing.

 

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Disappointment is often God’s way of telling us

we should be doing something else.

 

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One of the beauties of prayer is that

whether giving or receiving,

you know you’re not alone.

 

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If read only with the mind,

the Bible becomes a book of duty.

If read also with the heart,

it can be a book of desire.

 

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The greatest benefit of college

isn’t the degree you get, but rather,

the degree to which you change in the process.

 

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Hope without an anchor

is just wishful thinking.