10 Great Quotes from Preachers and Missionaries

1. Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. Martin Luther
2. “The preaching that this world needs most is the sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.” ~ D.L. Moody
3. “If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.” ~ Billy Sunday
4. “Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instrument afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him.” ~Hudson Taylor, Missionary to China
5. “We have a God who delights in impossibilities.” ~ Billy Sunday
6. “The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor” ~Charles Stanley
7. “Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you remember Christ crucified and be silent.” —John of the Cross
8. Expect great things from God! Attempt great things for God! —William Carey, Missionary to India
9. If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear. His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer—His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.—Attributed to John Newton (wrote Amazing Grace)
10. “God uses [people] who are weak and feeble enough to lean on Him.” ~Hudson Taylor

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10 Bible Verses About Love

10 Bible Verses About Love (ESV)

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Corinthians 16:14 Let all that you do be done in love.
1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Colossians 3:14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
Mark 12:29-31 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide,….. but the greatest of these is love.

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He Makes All Things New

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

I love this time of year because the idea of an approaching new year lends itself to a “reset” in our lives. The old year has faded away and the New Year is ahead of us complete with a clean calendar and the expectations of something new and fresh on the horizon.
The Revelation, the last book of the Bible, also talks about a “reset”. But this is more than just the passing of one year into the next. It is speaking of the “Grand Reset” at the end of the age when Christ will return, do away with evil once and for all and make all things brand new. I, for one, am looking forward to this time with great anticipation and longing.
You may be thinking, that’s all well and good, but this “Grand Reset” is probably way in the future, even beyond my lifetime! However, the good news is that God doesn’t just wait to the end of time to bring newness into our lives. He does that the moment we submit to Him and follow Him through Christ Jesus. He begins to work in us to give us a purpose filled path for our life, a new pattern of thinking, a more noble way of acting, and a kinder way of speaking.
The reality is though, that sometimes, life throws us a curve or we go through situations that trip us up and we may fall back into the old patterns that God had begun to take out of our lives or we may veer off the path He has chosen for us. But, when these old patterns begin to take root or when me make a wrong turn in life, God in His amazing grace, infinite mercy and abounding love calls us back to Himself where He renews His work in us and begins to once again reshape us into His image and get us on the right path. In essence, He is bringing newness and a fresh start into our lives.
So, as we think about the past year, maybe there were some things that blindsided us or maybe we faced some difficult situations that we allowed to negatively affect us and get us off the right path. If we did, let us rest in the truth that God is in the business of bringing newness into our lives and will give us a fresh start in the New Year.

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He Makes All Things New

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Revelation 21:5

I love this time of year because the idea of an approaching new year lends itself to a “reset” in our lives. The old year has faded away and the New Year is ahead of us complete with a clean calendar and the expectations of something new and fresh on the horizon.
The Revelation, the last book of the Bible, also talks about a “reset”. But this is more than just the passing of one year into the next. It is speaking of the “Grand Reset” at the end of the age when Christ will return, do away with evil once and for all and make all things brand new. I, for one, am looking forward to this time with great anticipation and longing.
You may be thinking, that’s all well and good, but this “Grand Reset” is probably way in the future, even beyond my lifetime! However, the good news is that God doesn’t just wait to the end of time to bring newness into our lives. He does that the moment we submit to Him and follow Him through Christ Jesus. He begins to work in us to give us a purpose filled path for our life, a new pattern of thinking, a more noble way of acting, and a kinder way of speaking.
The reality is though, that sometimes, life throws us a curve or we go through situations that trip us up and we may fall back into the old patterns that God had begun to take out of our lives or we may veer off the path He has chosen for us. But, when these old patterns begin to take root or when me make a wrong turn in life, God in His amazing grace, infinite mercy and abounding love calls us back to Himself where He renews His work in us and begins to once again reshape us into His image and get us on the right path. In essence, He is bringing newness and a fresh start into our lives.
So, as we think about the past year, maybe there were some things that blindsided us or maybe we faced some difficult situations that we allowed to negatively affect us and get us off the right path. If we did, let us rest in the truth that God is in the business of bringing newness into our lives and will give us a fresh start in the New Year.

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Well Done

God will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped his people and continue to help them (Hebrews 6:10).

During the recent hurricane and its aftermath, I personally witnessed some of the most selfless and loving acts imaginable. In the hours before the hurricane, many of our staff left family and homes behind, unsure if they would ever see either again, to ride out the storm here at the facility. Even as they were concerned about the well-being of their own families and property, these dedicated men and women, with a sense of duty, sacrificially cared for those who could not care for themselves.

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Isaiah 25:4

You have been a tower of refuge for the poor, Oh Lord, a tower of refuge for the needy in their distress, you are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are a storm beating against a wall.

Forgiveness

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

– Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Recently in my small group at church, we were talking about forgiveness. Some in the group shared how they have a hard time forgiving others and how this un-forgiveness negatively impacts their lives and relationships.
Someone once said that “un-forgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die”. The way un-forgiveness effects the offended is far greater than its effects on the offender. Studies have suggested that un-forgiveness may lead to depression, eating disorders, personality disorders and a host of other physical and psychological problems, not to mention its negative impact on our relationship with God.
On the flip-side, other studies have found that the act of forgiveness can reap huge rewards for our health, lowering the risk of heart attack; improving cholesterol levels and sleep; and reducing pain, blood pressure, and levels of anxiety, depression, and stress. And we must not forget that forgiving others honors God as well.

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What is My Purpose

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13
What is my purpose? Why am I here? …..These are questions asked frequently by people of all ages and are especially common for those in long-term care. Often times those in long-term care feel that their lives do not matter anymore or that they no longer have any purpose in life.
Struggling with one’s “life purpose and meaning” is not just a modern phenomenon but has been around since Old Testament times. King Solomon was a man who according to Scripture (1 Kings 10) literally had anything he wanted and then some. He had riches, fame, wisdom and power. He even had camels and baboons!…. How cool is that!…. But even the great King Solomon wrestled with this idea of life purpose and meaning.
The book of Ecclesiastes chronicles the King’s examination of all that life has to offer and his search for meaning in all the most logical places. After doing so, the wise King comes to this conclusion, “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” ….Wow! So simple, yet so profound. After the most thorough examination of all that life has to offer, the King concludes that life’s purpose and meaning are not bound up in things like work, relationships, possessions, hobbies, or even the size of one’s bank account but in living in a reverent, awe-filled relationship with God and doing what He desires for us to do. Everything else is—to put it in the words of King Solomon—“like a chasing after the wind”. Nothing can bring purpose and meaning to life as fully and completely as living in a reverent, obedient relationship with the God who made us and knows us better than we know ourselves.

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The Company You Keep

An old fellow I knew growing up was fond of saying “if you sleep with dogs you gonna wake up with fleas.” According to Wikipedia, this phrase has been attributed to Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac. But if you go back even further, you find this truth written in a different way by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15.

In first century in Corinth, false teachers had infiltrated the young church and were introducing teachings that led many away from the truth of the Gospel and even threatened the very foundation of the church. In response, the Apostle Paul wrote to these young believers, “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33 ESV)

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