Answers to Life's Questions

Jun 28, 2008 at 21:06 o\clock

Treasures hidden in Christ

The Scriptures tell us that hidden in Christ are "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3)", "every spiritual blessing" (Ephesians 1:3), and "all the fullness of God" (Colossians 1:19). Since this is the truth, we maintain before God that His Gift to us is Christ, and to the extent that we appreciate the value and preciousness of the Lord Jesus, to that same extent will we be satisfied spiritually. We will find fullness in the Son, and will not find it necessary to be continually pumped up or propped up as we go about our daily walk as Christians.

Imagine the foolishness of asking God for a "few coins" to get you through until Sunday while wealth is buried just below your feet. Or, imagine the vanity of thinking we have to go "here" or "there" to get something from God (such as a "blessing", a "word", an "anointing", etc) when we already have everything He has. I will go so far as to say that when we know the preciousness and costliness of the Lord Jesus we will not ask God for anything else. The one who must ask God for "things" has not yet fully appreciated the treasure he has in Christ already.

selected from Infinite Supply 

Jun 28, 2008 at 20:39 o\clock

Door opened in Heaven

Source: Streams in the Desert
Scripture Reference:
Revelation 4:1 

A Door Opened in Heaven

"A door opened in heaven" (Rev. 4:1).

You must remember that John was in the Isle of Patmos, a lone, rocky, inhospitable prison, for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. And yet to him, under such circumstances, separated from all the loved ones of Ephesus; debarred from the worship of the Church; condemned to the companionship of uncongenial fellow-captives, were vouchsafed these visions. For him, also a door was opened.

We are reminded of Jacob, exiled from his father's house, who laid himself down in a desert place to sleep, and in his dreams beheld a ladder which united Heaven with earth, and at the top stood God.

Not to these only, but to many more, doors have been opened into Heaven, when, so far as the world was concerned, it seemed as though their circumstances were altogether unlikely for such revelations.

To prisoners and captives; to constant sufferers, bound by iron chains of pain to sick couches; to lonely pilgrims and wanderers; to women detained from the Lord's house by the demands of home, how often has the door been opened to Heaven.

But there are conditions. You must know what it is to be in the Spirit; you must be pure in heart and obedient in faith; you must be willing to count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ; then when God is all in all to us, when we live, move and have our being in His favor, to us also will the door be opened. --Daily Devotional Commentary

"God hath His mountains bleak and bare,
Where He doth bid us rest awhile;
Crags where we breathe a purer air,
Lone peaks that catch the day's first smile.

"God hath His deserts broad and brown--
A solitude--a sea of sand,
Where He doth let heaven's curtain down,
Unknit by His Almighty hand."

 



This classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert. This first edition was published in 1925 and the wording is preserved as originally written. Connotations of words may have changed over the years and are not meant to be offensive.

Jun 28, 2008 at 20:37 o\clock

By Faith

By Faith

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

— 2 Corinthians 5:7


It is no coincidence that the phrase, "walk by faith," is used in Scripture. Notice that Scripture doesn't tell us to sprint by faith; it tells us to walk by faith. To walk speaks of continual, regulated motion. The Bible says Enoch walked with God.

Many believers have their bursts of energy. For a few months, they run. Then they collapse for a while. They need to learn what it is to walk with God.

Of course, we like things fast. We have microwave dinners, e-mail, cell phones, and instant messaging. We have so much technology to make our lives a little easier and, most importantly, faster.

Then, when we come to the Christian life, we say, "All right, what's the angle? What's the shortcut?" Here it is: "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). It's a day-by-day process.

We are always looking for the angle, for the inside track. But it's very simple. The Bible declares that the just shall live by faith. Not by feeling. Not by emotion. Not by fear. Not by worries. By faith.

I know that sometimes it seems like nothing is happening in terms of our spiritual growth. There are times when we don't really feel like we are changing, because as we look at ourselves every day, we don't necessarily see any changes. But as we are walking by faith day by day, month by month, and year by year, we are being transformed.

Colossians 2:6 tells us, "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."

That's it. The just shall live by faith.

selected from Greg Laurie 

Jun 25, 2008 at 21:35 o\clock

Selected Christian quotes

A woman rushed up to famed violinist Fritz Kreisler after a concert and cried: "I'd give my life to play as beautifully as you do." Kreisler replied, "I did." Even nature teaches us that results require long, hard, patient, careful work. The Christian life is no different.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life, Maturity, Perseverance, Labor
I live in eternity 6 days a week. On the 7th I come down to earth and share my revelations.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Preaching, Eternity
At any point in all of eternity, we can say "this is just the beginning."
 Author: Anonymous Category: Eternity
The Christian life is a life of paradox's. We must give to receive, realize we are blind to see, become simple to be wise, suffer for gain, and die to live.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life
If I might be the means of saving one soul I should prefer it to all the riches and honor in the world
 Author: Asahel Nettleton Category: Evangelism, Perspective
Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
 Author: Asaph Category: God, Zeal
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.
 Author: C.S. Lewis Category: Christianity
If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there UNWARNED and UNPRAYED for.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Prayer, Preaching
Oh! how amazing it is that people can talk so much about men's power and goodness, when if God did not hold us back every moment, we should be devils incarnate!
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Grace
'Farewell, vain world; my soul can bid Adieu. My Savior taught me to abandon you. Your charms may gratify a sensual mind. But cannot please a soul for God Designed.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Zeal, The World
I love to live on the brink of eternity.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Eternity
Is what you're living for worth Christ dying for?
 Author: Epitaph of Leonard Ravenhill Category: Perspective
Upon a life I did not live, upon a death I did not die; another's life, another's death, I stake my whole eternity.
 Author: Horatius Bonar Category: Eternity
(After losing his beloved wife, Hudson Taylor wrote in his journal) Love gave the blow that for a little while makes the desert more dreary, but Heaven more homelike
 Author: Hudson Taylor Category: Love, Heaven, Affliction
I can seldom read scripture now without tears of joy and gratitude
 Author: Hudson Taylor Category: Prayer, Gratitude
In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Affliction
If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Salvation
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Selfishness, Obedience, Emotions, Temptation
Before Abraham was... I AM
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Jesus Christ
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Perspective
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I AM, ye shall die in your sins.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Faith, Salvation, Trinity
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Christian life
Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Labor
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Sin, Obedience
Father, glorify thy name.
 Author: Jesus Christ Category: Praise
Though He Slay Me, Yet Will I Trust in Him
 Author: Job Category: Faith
He must increase, but I must decrease.
 Author: John the Baptist Category: Humility
Jesus didn't come to make bad men do good things. He came to make dead men live.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Salvation
Five minutes after you die you'll know how you should have lived.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Judgment, Eternity
There are only two days on my calendar... today and the day of judgment
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Judgment, Eternity
Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Scripture
Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it.
 Author: Matthew Henry Category: Repentance
Very few people have the grace of being special without also being aware of that specialness. But in Heaven the lowest Christian will be a king, and he can enjoy all the honors of royalty without vanity or pride.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: Humility
Every selfish man, strangely enough, becomes a self slayer
 Author: Sundar Singh Category: Selfishness
In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.
 Author: William Booth Category: Modern Church
You know they boasted about the Titanic, that it was the one ship that could not be sunk. Somebody said ‘God Almighty can’t sink this ship’ You can be pretty sure when somebody says something like that it’s going to sink on it’s first voyage. But there is one ship that isn’t going to sink.. and that’s the church
 Author: Zac Poonen Category: Pride, The Church
If you can find it in the scripture plainly you're on solid ground. If you can't, you may just be going on a good idea.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Doctrine
What was Jesus' main goal while He was on earth? To be crucified? No! It was to do the will of His Father. And that must be our goal also.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Obedience
Wisdom is practical knowledge
 Author: Anonymous Category: Wisdom
Somerset Maughan's mother was an extraordinarily beautiful woman married to an extraordinarily ugly man. When a family friend once asked how such a beautiful woman could have married such an ugly man, she replied, "He has never once hurt my feelings."
 Author: Anonymous Category: Kindness
Whoever would preach must also beseech
 Author: Anonymous Category: Evangelism, Preaching, Zeal
A minister of God's word needs a deep love and longing for his people that dwindles his bible knowledge.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Preaching
99% of the time we can find God's will for our specific situation directly in scripture. But since we desire our own will so much, we deceive ourselves and say 'God's will is so hard to know, and scripture is so hard to understand.' Our problem is not understanding God's word, our problem is obeying it.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Sin, Obedience, Scripture
The closest in this life you can get to what Heaven will be like is in prayer.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Prayer, Heaven
If you read history you will find out that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.
 Author: C.S. Lewis Category: Perspective
(speaking of Jesus) "He produced mainly three results: Hatred, Terror, Adoration."
 Author: C.S. Lewis Category: Jesus Christ
Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last
 Author: C.T. Studd Category: Death, Perspective, Labor
Captain Levy, a believer from Philadelphia, was once asked how he could give so much to the Lord's work and still possess great wealth. The Captain replied, "Oh, as I shovel it out, He shovels it in, and the Lord has a bigger shovel."
 Author: Captain Levy Category: Giving
Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Wisdom
Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself, be sure of that.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Evangelism
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes
 Author: David Category: Affliction
... my soul was grieved for the congregation, that they should sit there to hear such a dead dog as I preach, I thought myself infinitely indebted to the people, and longed that God would reward them with the rewards of his grace.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Preaching
Worldly pleasures, such as flow from greatness, riches, honours, and sensual gratifications, are infinitely worse than none
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Prosperity
Oh! one hour with God infinitely exceeds all the pleasures and delights of this lower world.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Prayer
I think my soul never was in such an agony before. I felt no restraint, for the treasures of divine grace were opened to me. I wrestled for absent friends, for the ingathering of souls, for multitudes of poor souls, and for many that I thought were the children of God, in many distant places. I was in such an agony, for half an hour before sunset, till near dark, that I was all over wet with sweat: but yet is seemed to me that I had wasted away the day, and had done nothing. Oh!, my dear Savior did sweat blood for poor souls!
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Prayer
In the morning was again distressed as soon as I waked, hearing much talk about the world and the things of it. I perceived the men were in some measure afraid of me; and I discoursed something about sanctifying the sabbath, if possible to solemnize their minds: but when they were at a little distance, they again talked freely about secular affairs. Oh, I thought what a hell it would be, to live with such men to eternity!
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Speech, The World
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.
 Author: G.K. Chesterton Category: Christianity
The Pilgrim and the Puritan whom we honor tonight were men who did a great deal of work in the world. They had their faults and their - shortcomings, but they were not slothful in business and they were most fervent in spirit.
 Author: Henry Cabot Lodge Category: Puritans, Labor
I have learned to move man by prayer alone
 Author: Hudson Taylor Category: Prayer
(speaking of what self denial means) "To refuse what we know to be deadly poison, though agreeable to the taste"
 Author: John Wesley Category: Self Denial
Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Preaching, Holy Spirit
Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'?
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Judgment
Someone asked Luther, "Do you feel that you've been forgiven?" He answered, "No, but I'm as sure As there's a God in Heaven!"
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Faith, Emotions
People in close communion with God are the only realists. Often worldly men are considered realistic, and Christians are put up on a cloud somewhere... we dont know what's going on. But real earthy men, they're the one's who are very realistic... Nonsense. Only ones who are in touch with their maker see things realistically.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: The World, Perspective
Death isn't going from beggar to dead beggar, but beggar to king.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: Death
O then if desperate souls might but return, and once more be tried with the means of life, what joyful tidings would it be! How welcome would the messenger be that brings it! Had hell but such an offer as this, and would any cries procure it from their righteous judge, O what a change would be among them! How importunately would they cry to God, 'O send us once again unto the earth! ... O try us once more with such a life, and see whether we will not contemn the world, close with Christ, live as strictly, and pray as earnestly as those that we hated and abused for so doing!
 Author: Richard Baxter Category: Urgency
'For there is no work nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave, whither thou goest,' that is, it must be now or never: the grave, where thy work cannot be done, will quickly end thy opportunities.
 Author: Richard Baxter Category: Death, Zeal
If you find yourself so anxious to do something that it can't wait, it's probably not of God
 Author: Robert Thompson Category: Patience
'The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,....neither can he know them' (1 Cor. 2:14). He may have more insight into the things of the world than a believer, but he does not see the deep things of God. A swine may see an acorn under a tree, but he cannot see a star.
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: Perspective
William Booth, the leader of the Salvation Army, wished he could suspend each one of his Salvation Army officers over hell for 24 hours. "If they could see the flames and smell the smoke and feel the heat and hear the cries of the damned, they would go out to preach what they had seen and heard. They would then preach like dying men to dying people."
 Author: William Booth Category: Preaching
Paul was Nero's prisoner, but Nero was much more God's.
 Author: William Gurnall Category: God
Very few things in life matter.
 Author: A. W. Tozer Category: Perspective
God is never in a hurry, but God is never late
 Author: Adrian Rodgers Category: God, Patience
Kindness makes a person attractive. If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.
 Author: Alexander Maclaren Category: Evangelism, Kindness
A moment of carelessness can make a thousand miles of difference
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life, Seriousness
Doesn’t nature teach that results require much hard and careful work? The spiritual life is no different.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life, Perseverance, Labor
The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn't exist
 Author: Anonymous Category: Satan
Satan doesn't have to make bow down to him; he just has to keep you from Jesus.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Satan
In the morning rest your elbows on the windowsills of Heaven, and gaze upon thy Lord. Then, with that vision in your heart, go forth to meet the day.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life
Earth: its joys and its griefs should never occupy a moment of my thoughts for these are but the affairs of a portion of eternity so small that no language can express it's comparatively infinite littleness.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Eternity, Perspective
One of the best tests of whether a person is a mature Christian is what he does with his leisure time.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Christian Life, Sluggishness
The sheep that stick closest to the Lord get the extra nuggets that fall out of his pocket
 Author: Anonymous Category: Devotion
Our heart toward the Lord cannot always be expressed with words. Use groans and tears often.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Prayer
Getting on your knees keeps you from falling.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Prayer
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Work
What about people that have never heard the gospel? Does God send them to Hell? I'll say this: nobody will be there that doesn’t deserve to be.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Hell
Do your giving while you're living so you're knowing where it's going.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Giving
The wicked of today hate to hear the word 'repent!'. The wicked of the past wish they could hear it just once more.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Repentance
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
 Author: C.S. Lewis Category: Desires
Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.
 Author: C.S. Lewis Category: Faith
Pray hardest when it is hardest to pray.
 Author: Charles H. Brent Category: Prayer
Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Temptation
The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.
 Author: D.L. Moody Category: Perspective
Work as if everything depended on you and pray as if everything depended on God.
 Author: D.L. Moody Category: Prayer, Labor
Toward night, I felt my soul rejoice, that God is unchangeable happy and glorious and that He will be glorified, whatever becomes of His creatures.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: God
I longed that those who, I have reason to think, owe me ill will, might be eternally happy. It seemed refreshing to think of meeting them in heaven, how much soever they had injured me on earth: had no disposition to insist upon any confession from them, in order to reconciliation, and the exercise of love and kindness to them. Oh! it is an emblem of heaven itself, to love all the world with a love of kindness, forgiveness, and benevolence…
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Love
...it is better to be alone than encumbered with noise and tumult. I find it very difficult maintaining any sense of divine things while removing from place to place diverted with new objects, and filled with care and business. A settled steady business is best adapted to a life of strict religion.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: The World
The Lord help me to press after God forever
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Diligence
After gazing a crowd who didn't really believe his message, George Whitefield threw his head back and said "I'm willing to go to the ends of the earth for you, but I'm not willing to go to Heaven without you."
 Author: George Whitefield Category: Love, Preaching
There are times when I draw near enough to touch Him, then I know that He has been there all the time
 Author: Gloria Gaither Category: Prayer
The gospel is a declaration, not a debate.
 Author: James S. Stewart Category: The Gospel
The Holy Ghost is certainly the best preacher in the world, and the words of Scripture the best sermons.
 Author: Jeremy Taylor Category: Preaching, Scripture
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
 Author: Jim Elliot Category: Perspective
Means must be neither trusted nor neglected
 Author: John Trapp Category: Work
The enjoyment of [God] is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.
 Author: Jonathan Edwards Category: Perspective
Calamity clarifies and comfort confuses,Persecution purifies and prosperity pollutes!
 Author: Kevin Turner Category: Prosperity, Persecution
Praying Christians know nothing of their friends
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Prayer
I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Faith, Giving
We know that death never skips or spares anybody and that no one ever returns. And yet we go on like the blind, who see as little at midday as in the pitch-dark night. We do not take these examples to heart; we do not realize that today or tomorrow our turn will come.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Death
A great variety of reading confuses and does not teach. It makes the student like a man who dwells everywhere and, therefore, nowhere in particular.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Study
We should die relying on grace alone
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Death
Nothing is more unbecoming to a teacher of the Word than flippancy. He must be serious and should not act like a clown.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Preaching
Every Christian's happiness adds to my own.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: Love
Man will believe anything, as long as it's not in the bible.
 Author: Napoleon Bonaparte Category: The World
I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.
 Author: Richard Baxter Category: Preaching
That which once was, will be no more. Yesterday will never come again. To-day is passing, and will not return. You may work while it is day; but when you have lost that day, it will not return for you to work in. While your candle burns, you may make use of its light, but when it is done, it is too late to use it.
 Author: Richard Baxter Category: Urgency
It is past all question, and agreed on by all sides, that no religion will save a man who is not serious, sincere, and diligent in it. If thou be of the truest religion in the world, and are not true thyself to that religion, the religion is good, but it is none of thine.
 Author: Richard Baxter Category: Diligence
We are ignorant of things necessary, because we learn things superfluous and unnecessary
 Author: Richard Baxter quoting Seneca Category: Knowledge, Wisdom
Saints are sinners who kept on going.
 Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Category: Perseverance
The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.
 Author: Samuel Chadwick Category: Prayer
I will tell you what rule I observed when I was young, and too much addicted to childish diversions-never to spend more time in mere recreation in one day than I spent in private religious devotions.
 Author: Susanna Wesley Category: Perspective
Judas heard all Christ's sermons.
 Author: Thomas Goodwin Category: Obedience
How many souls have been blown into hell with the wind of popular applause?
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: Hell
If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ignorance of his danger.
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: Death, The World
None so empty of grace as he that thinks he is full.
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: Pride
The world rings changes, it is never constant but in its disappointments. The world is but a great inn, where we are to stay a night or two, and be gone; what madness is it so to set our heart upon our inn, as to forget our home?
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: The World
How soon are we broken on the soft pillow of ease! Adam in paradise was overcome, when Job on the dunghill was a conqueror.
 Author: Thomas Watson Category: Prosperity
One verse in every six in the first three Gospels relates either directly or indirectly to money. Sixteen of our Lords forty-four parables deal with the use and misuse of money. A loving, joyful, liberal giving to the Lord's work is an acid test of a spiritual heart, pleasing to God.
 Author: William Allen Category: Money
All my friends are but one, but He is all sufficient.
 Author: William Carey Category: God
God loves the saints as the purchase of his Son's blood. They cost him dear, and that which is so hardly got shall not be easily lost. He that was willing to expend his Son's blood to gain them, will not deny his power to keep them.
 Author: William Gurnall Category: Atonement
We fear men so much, because we fear God so little.
 Author: William Gurnall Category: Fear of God
In Heaven there is a song – ‘thou alone art worthy’
 Author: Zac Poonen Category: Praise
The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
 Author: A. W. Tozer Category: Hell, Judgment
A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.
 Author: A. W. Tozer Category: Pride
No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.
 Author: A. W. Tozer Category: Emotions
The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs none.
 Author: A. W. Tozer Category: Faith, Salvation
People talk about the curse of sin, but they do not understand that the whole nature has been infected by sin, and that the curse is on everything. My intellect, has that been defiled by sin? Terribly, and the curse of sin is on it, and therefore my intellect must go down into the death. Ah, I believe that the Church of Christ suffers more today from trusting in intellect, in sagacity, in culture, and in mental refinement, than from almost anything else. The Spirit of the world comes in, and men seek by their wisdom, and by their knowledge, to help the Gospel, and they rob it of its crucifixion mark. Christ directed Paul to go and preach the Gospel of the cross, but to do it not with wisdom of words. The curse of sin is on all that is of nature.
 Author: Andrew Murray Category: Preaching, Knowledge
The greatest man who ever lived needed to borrow a penny to illustrate a lesson (Matthew 22:19).
 Author: Anonymous Category: Prosperity
Some people complain that God placed thorns on roses, while others praise him for putting roses among thorns.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Grace, Contentment
What are you going to say on judgment day?
 Author: Anonymous Category: Judgment
Why do people deny God exists and then blame Him for the chaos that results?
 Author: Anonymous Category: The World
God has made enough in this world for every man’s need, but not enough in this world for even one man’s greed
 Author: Anonymous Category: Greed
You can tell a persons faith by what it takes to discourage him
 Author: Anonymous Category: Faith
The success of a church meeting has little to do with the skill of the preacher. Instead it is determined by the heart and prayers of the people for God come down and meet them.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Preaching
Society’s rejects have a special place in God’s heart
 Author: Anonymous Category: The Poor
If you truly believe you need to repent less than everyone else, you'd better repent more than everyone else.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Pride, Repentance
A modern scientist will find an arrowhead in a field and conclude that it was designed and created by an ancient man. Then he will find a fossil right next to it, a billion times more complex and functional, and say it came from nothing.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Atheism, Evolution
Self-righteousness is the subtle killer of all 'religious' people. The Pharisees used to say "Lord thank you that I'm not like these publicans." Today we say "Lord thank you that I'm not like those Pharisees." Throughout all ages the Lord has demanded one thing: humility.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Humility, Pride
"There's no need to evangelize" you say? God commands it. The value of a soul demands it.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Evangelism
Some people put in 10 hours a day or more to train for their skill - world class olympians and physical athletes.... FOR A CORRUPTIBLE CROWN! Yet oddly enough, it is very rare when a Christian is found who puts that much effort into laboring for incorruptible treasures in Heaven.
 Author: Anonymous Category: Zeal, The World
How little chance the Holy Ghost has nowadays. The churches and missionary societies have so bound Him in red tape that they practically ask Him to sit in a corner while they do the work themselves.
 Author: C.T. Studd Category: Modern Church
Answering a student's question, 'Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?' thus, 'It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Evangelism
I would rather believe a limited atonement that is efficacious for all men for whom it was intended, than a universal atonement that is not efficacious for anybody, except the will of men be added to it.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Atonement, Free Will
A vigorous temper is not altogether an evil. Men who are easy as an old shoe are generally of little worth.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Emotions
If God has fit you to be a missionary, I would not have you shrivel down to be a king.
 Author: Charles Spurgeon Category: Evangelism, Missionaries
Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to watch you burn.
 Author: Charles Wesley Category: Zeal
Growth is not more of knowledge or increase of years, it is simply more of Him and less of me.
 Author: Chip Brogden Category: Growth
The Lord can do great things with people who don't care who gets the credit.
 Author: Clarence W. Jones Category: Humility
Jesus was either a Liar, a Lunatic, or Lord
 Author: CS Lewis Category: Jesus Christ
I love to live alone in my own little cottage, where I can spend much time in prayer, etc
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Devotion, Prayer
I hoped that my weary pilgrimage in the world would be short; and that it would not be long before I should be brought to my heavenly home and Father's house.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: The World
I have generally found, that the more I do in secret prayer, the more I have delighted to do, and have enjoyed more of a spirit of prayer: and frequently have found the contrary, when with journeying or otherwise I have been much deprived of retirement. A seasonable, steady performance of secret duties in their proper hours, and a careful improvement of all time, filling up every hour with some profitable labour, either of heart, head, or hands, are excellent means of spiritual peace... ‘Then (says the holy psalmist) shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect to all thy commandments.’ Filling up our time with and for God, is the way to rise up and lie down in peace.
 Author: David Brainerd Category: Prayer, Peace
The story of every great Christian achievement is the history of answered prayer.
 Author: E. M. Bounds Category: Prayer
I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God; first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.
 Author: Hudson Taylor Category: Labor
Who shall dare to talk of strength when David can fall?
 Author: JC Ryle Category: Pride
When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words, than thy words without a heart.
 Author: John Bunyan Category: Prayer
Oh sirs, deal with sin as sin, and speak of heaven and hell as they are, and not as if you were in jest.
 Author: John Flavel Category: Preaching
You ask me, How much time? I do not know. I know it means time enough to forget time.
 Author: John Mott Category: Patience
It is not the glorious battlements, the painted windows, the crouching gargoyles that support a building, but the stones that lie unseen in or upon the earth. It is often those who are despised and trampled on that bear up the weight of a whole nation.
 Author: John Owen Category: The Church
If we would talk less and pray more about them, things would be better than they are in the world; at least, we should be better enabled to bear them.
 Author: John Owen Category: Prayer
I judge all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity
 Author: John Wesley Category: Eternity, Rewards
Don't presume upon the mercy of God and so encourage yourself in sin.
 Author: Jonathan Edwards Category: Presumption
Seek not to grow in knowledge chiefly for the sake of applause, and to enable you to dispute with others; but seek it for the benefit of your souls, and in order to practice....Practice according to what knowledge you have. This will be the way to know more...[According to Ps. 119:100] 'I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.'
 Author: Jonathan Edwards Category: Knowledge, Pride
Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken, my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.
 Author: Jonathan Edwards Category: Sin, Perseverance
Oh what peace we often forfeit; oh what needless pains we bear all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer
 Author: Joseph Scriven Category: Affliction, Prayer
If you don't plan to live the Christian life totally committed to knowing your God and to walking in obedience to Him, then don't begin; for this is what Christianity is all about. It is a change of citizenship, a change of governments, a change of allegience. If you have no intention of letting Christ rule your life, then forget Christianity; it's not for you.
 Author: K. Authur Category: Repentance
I'd rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.
 Author: Keith Green Category: Preaching
No man is greater than his prayer life.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Prayer
Everyone wants to be clothed but no one wants to be stripped.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Trials
The longer I live, the more I find I don't know
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Wisdom
If there are a million roads into hell, there's not one road out.
 Author: Leonard Ravenhill Category: Hell
The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone...How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name?
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Lutherans
The Holy Spirit has a way of His own to say much in few words.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Scripture
When the Scripture speaks, God speaks
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Scripture
The true despisers of the world are the people who accept what God sends them, gratefully use all things when they have them, and gladly do without them if God takes them away
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Contentment
For what God gives I thank indeed; What He withholds I do not need
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Contentment
I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.
 Author: Martin Luther Category: Prayer
The hardest working Christian doesn't make the Lord more wonderful than He is. And the worst blasphemer in the world, doesn't dirty God in the least. His glory is beyond the reach of men and angels.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: God
When it comes to thinking, remember the letters J-O-Y. Jesus-Others-Yourself. Think of Jesus first, then others, then yourself, and you'll be alright.
 Author: Michael Phillips Category: Love

Jun 19, 2008 at 02:10 o\clock

Trusting God

Source: Joy and Strength
Scripture Reference:
Psalm 119:54 Philippians 4:19 

What We Can Bear

Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
PSALMS 119:54

My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
PHILIPPIANS 4:19

HOW must the pilgrim's load be borne?
With staggering limbs and look forlorn?
His Guide chose all that load within;
There's need of everything but sin.

So, trusting Him whose love He knows,
Singing along the road he goes;
And nightly of his burden makes
A pillow, till the morning breaks.
LUCY LARCOM

THEY live contented with what they have, whether it be little or much, because they know that they receive as much as is profitable for them; little, if little be profitable, and much, if much be profitable for them, but the Lord only can, who has an eternal end in view in all things which He provides.
EMANUEL SWEDENBORG

I hope you will learn, what I am always hoping to learn, to rejoice in God continually, knowing that He is really ordering all your circumstances to the one end of making you a partaker of His own good-ness, and bringing you within His own sympathy.
THOMAS ERSKINE

Jun 18, 2008 at 18:49 o\clock

Praise to God

Source: Early in the Morning 2
Scripture Reference:
Psalm 113:1-9 

Morning Praise

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised.

Like the two psalms preceding it, this one is without title. Some commentators have ascribed it to Samuel, others to David. However the authorship is unknown. Whoever the author was, in his best journalistic style he answers the five key questions that any young reporter would ask when writing a story. He answers the five W's: who, what, when, where and why. Let's notice what excited this young reporter to write in such a way.

Who. To whom does the writer speak? To all of us. Anyone who reads this psalm is included in the "ye" of verse 1, most specifically, "O ye servants of the LORD." More than anyone else, the servants of the Lord ought to be involved in the exalted activity of praising God. Each of us who claims to serve the Lord must publicly discharge his or her responsibility. We are best acquainted with the reasons for praising Him, and we are also the best instruments to declare His praise.

What. The responsibility of the servants of the Lord is simply, "Praise ye the LORD . . . praise the name of the LORD." The repetition of this phrase in a single verse is not without significance. You would think that we who have been saved by His grace would automatically and consistently praise His name. However this is not the case, for we are frequently slow in praising God for His blessings. Therefore the psalmist finds it necessary to stimulate us, to cajole us; and the repetition of the stimulus calls us to perseverance in sounding forth the praises of God.

When. To indicate when the servants of the Lord are to be engaged in praising the Lord, the psalmist uses an expression that is more characteristic of the old Greek poets than of the Hebrew prophets. He says, "From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD'S name is to be praised" (Psalm 113:3). This poetic expression indicates that there is never a time of the day, never a waking hour, never an inappropriate moment, when the servant of the Lord cannot praise His name. We are to begin His praise at the very rising of the sun, early in the morning, and we are to continue that praise until sunset. Praising the name of the Lord is a daylong, lifelong privilege.

Where. If we are to praise the Lord from the rising of the sun until the going down of the same, where is it that we shall engage in this exalted activity? Since "the LORD is high above all nations, and His glory above heaven," and yet He "humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth," it is incumbent upon us to see that His name is praised wherever His presence is known. Therefore we are to praise His name in the highest heavens and the lowest earth. Just as there is not a waking hour that is inappropriate to praise His name, there is not the slightest place on earth that is inappropriate to the praising of His name. As servants of the Lord, we are to praise Him continually, wherever we find ourselves.

Why. The reasons for praising the Lord are manifold. He is high above all nations, and His glory is above the heavens. Still He humbleth Himself to observe our affairs on earth. He raiseth the poor out of the dust and the needy out of the dunghill. He makes princes out of paupers and makes the barren woman a homemaker and the mother of children.

Today would be a good day for us to make a praise list. Just as we have a prayer list, Christians ought to have a praise list, a list of reasons for praising the Lord. Begin with His love for you, His death for you, and His salvation of you, and keep listing things for which to praise the Lord from morning to night. Don't be surprised if you have to make a second list, for we have much for which to praise the Lord. A praise list it's an idea worth consideration.

MORNING HYMN
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

Jun 7, 2008 at 18:35 o\clock

More A.W. Tozer quotes

"If there's anything necessary to your eternal happiness but God, you're not the kind of Christian that you ought to be. For only God is the true rest." A.W. Tozer, Attributes of God, (c) 1997, pg. 30"

Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines Him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self- existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under disapprobation" A. W. Tozer, "Knowledge of the Holy", pg. 93

Sometimes I go to God and say, "God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. " God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me. (Worship: The Missing Jewel, 24).

        Looking at what John wrote, I wonder how so many present – day Christians can consider an hour of worship Sunday morning as adequate adoration of the holy God who created them and then redeemed them back to Himself…

         God is please with His people when His praise is continually and joyfully on their lips. The heavenly scene John describes is the unceasing cry of the adoring living creatures, "Holy, holy, holy!" They rest not, day or night. My fear is that too many of God’s professing people down here are resting far too often between their efforts at praise. (Jesus is victor! 67, 68).

        There is a point in true worship where the mind may cease to understand and goes over to a kind of delightful astonishment---probably to what Carlyle described as "transcendent wonder," a degree of wonder without limit and beyond expression!….

        It is always true that an encounter with God brings wonderment and awe! (Renewed Day by Day, Volume 1, Feb. 8).

        It is delightful to worship God, but it is also a humbling thing; and the man who has not been humbled in the presence of God will never be a worshiper of God at all. He may be church member who keeps the rules and obeys the discipline, and who tithes and goes to conference, but he’ll never be a worshiper unless he is deeply humbling. (Worship: The Missing Jewel, 4,5).

        I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven. (Whatever Happened to Worship? 13)

        In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people. (Keys To The Deeper Life, 87 & 88).

        In the majority of our meetings there is scarcely a trace of reverent thought, no recognition of the unity of the body, little sense of the divine Presence, no moment of stillness, no solemnity, no wonder, no holy fear. (God tells the Man who Cares 4,5).

       I refer to the loss of the concept of majesty from the popular religious mind. The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshipping men…

        With our loss of the sense of majesty has come the further loss of religious awe and consciousness of the divine Presence. We have lost our spirit of worship and our ability to withdraw inwardly to meet God in adoring silence. (The Knowledge of the Holy, viii, viii).

Now we were made to worship, but the Scriptures tell us something else again. They tell us that man fell and kept not estate; that he forfeited the original glory of God and failed to fulfill the creative purpose, so that he is not worshipping now in the way that God meant him to worship. All else fulfills its design; flowers are still fragrant and lilies are still beautiful and the bees still search for nectar amongst the flowers; the birds still sing with their thousand voice choir on a summer’s day and the sun and the moon and the stars all move on their rounds doing the will of God.

And from what we can learn from the Scriptures we believe tat the seraphim and cherubim and powers and dominions are still fulfilling their design – worshipping God who created them and breathed into them the breath of life. Man alone sulks in his cave. Man alone, with all of his brilliant intelligence, with all of his amazing, indescribable and wonderful equipment, still sulks in his cave. He is either silent, or if he opens his mouth at all, it is to boast and threaten and curse; or it’s nervous, ill-considered laughter, or it’s humor become big business, or it’s songs without joy. (Worship: The Missing Jewel, 6,7).

"The Chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."…

Yes, worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence. That is why we are born and that is why we are born again from above. That is why were created and recreated. That is why there was a genesis at the beginning re-genesis, called re-generation. (Whatever Happened to Worship? 56, 57).

The purpose of God in sending His Son to die and rise and live and be at the right hand of God the Father was that He might restore to us the missing jewel, the jewel of worship; that we might come back and learn to do again that which we were created to do in the first place – worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, to spend our time in awesome wonder and adoration of God, feeling and expressing it, and letting it get into our labors and doing nothing except as an act of worship to Almighty God through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Worship The Missing Jewel 7,8).

But a man who has passed the veil and looked eve briefly upon the holy face of Isaiah’s God can never be irreverent again. There will be a reverence in his spirit and instead of boasting, he will cover his feet modestly. (The Tozer Pulpit, Volume 1 Book 1 57,58).

But thinking is not enough. Men are made to worship also, to bow down and adore in the presence of the mystery inexpressible. Man’s mind is not the top pea, of his nature. Higher than his mind is his spirit, that something within him which can engage the supernatural, which under the breath of the Spirit can come alive and enter into conscious communion with heaven, can receive the divine nature and hear and feel and see the eneffable wonder that is God….

The wise of the world who have not learned to worship are but demi-men, unformed and rudimentary. Their further development awaits the life – giving touch of Christ to wake them to spiritual birth and life eternal. (The Set of the Sail, 59).

Ultimately Abraham discovered that only God matters….

Abraham was completely satisfied with God’s friendship. He becomes to us a faithful example in his willingness to put God first. With Abraham, only God mattered…

In Abraham’s encounter with God he learned why he was here upon earth. He was to Glorify God in all things and to continually worship… (Men who met God, 29, 30).

There is a necessity for true worship among us. If God is who He says He is and if we are the believing people of God we claim to be, we must worship Him….

Oh, how I wish I could adequately set forth the glory of the One who is worthy to be the object of our worship! I do believe that if our new converts – the babes in Christ—could be made to see His thousand attributes and even partially comprehend His being, they would become faint with a yearning desire to worship and honor and acknowledge Him, now and forever. (Whaterver Happened to Worship? 118).

God wants worshippers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship. It is inconceivable that a sovereign and holy God should be so hard up for workers that He would press into service anyone who had been empowered regardless of his moral qualifications. The very stones would praise Him if the need arose and a thousand legions of angels would leap to do His will.

Gifts and power for service the Spirit surely desires to impart; but holiness and spiritual worship come first. (That Incredible Christian, 37).

Jun 4, 2008 at 19:43 o\clock

God works in the dark

Author: Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
Source: Streams in the Desert
Scripture Reference:
Exodus 14:21 

God Works in the Dark

"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night" (Exod. 14:21).

In this verse there is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark. The real work of God for the children of Israel, was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea; but it was "all that night."

So there may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark and you cannot see or trace, but yet God is working. Just as truly did He work "all that night," as all the next day. The next day simply manifested what God had done during the night. Is there anyone reading these lines who may have gotten to a place where it seems dark? You believe to see, but you are not seeing. In your life-progress there is not constant victory; the daily, undisturbed communion is not there, and all seems dark.

"The Lord caused the sea to go back…all that night." Do not forget that it was "all that night." God works all the night, until the light comes. You may not see it, but all that "night" in your life, as you believe God, He works. --C. H. P.

"All that night" the Lord was working,
Working in the tempest blast,
Working with the swelling current,
Flooding, flowing, free and fast.

"All that night" God's children waited--
Hearts, perhaps in agony
With the enemy behind them,
And, in front, the cruel sea.

"All that night" seemed blacker darkness
Than they ever saw before,
Though the light of God's own presence
Near them was, and sheltered o'er.

"All that night" that weary vigil
Passed; the day at last did break,
And they saw that God was working
"All that night" a path to make.

"All that night," O child of sorrow,
Canst thou not thy heartbreak stay?
Know thy God in darkest midnight
Works, as well as in the day.

--L. S. P.

Jun 2, 2008 at 20:14 o\clock

Little Things

Author: Woodrow Kroll
Source: Early in the Morning 2
Scripture Reference:
1 Samuel 17:1-27 

Little Things

And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

Occasionally it is necessary to remind ourselves that success in life often depends upon little things. Little people, little tasks and little responsibilities often loom large in the eyes of God.

The Philistines waged frequent raids on Israel. The leader of the Philistines, a giant of tremendous stature named Goliath of Gath, was probably one of the Anakim (Numbers 13:33; Joshua 11:22), a strain of huge men that Joshua drove out of Hebron and who took refuge among the Philistines. No Israelite was a match for Goliath, especially not little David, who was sent to the battlefield to inquire of the welfare of his three elder brothers, Eliab, Abinadab, and Shammah. David's task was a small one; he was entrusted with very little. Told to take his brothers an ephah of parched corn, ten loaves and ten cheeses for the captain of the army, David set out to the battlefield. This day began with a small task, but it was to be a momentous day in the history of Israel.

"David rose up early in the morning, and left his sheep with a keeper" and engaged in the small chore his father had commissioned to him (1 Samuel 17:20). As he talked with his brothers, behold the Philistine champion came out again to challenge the Israelites. The armies of Israel stood by, trembling in their sandals; but David was appalled and amazed at the fear that paralyzed the Israelite warriors. Not willing to see his nation shamed or his God embarrassed, he inquired why someone did not stand up to the godless Goliath. "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?" Immediately his eldest brother whisked him away to quiet him. Someone entrusted with such a small task as bringing bread and cheese to his soldier-brothers should not be so vocal about the cowardice of the Israelite army.

Yes, David had slain the lion and the bear, but he was still slight in the sight of those around him. Those were but small feats; silencing the giant Goliath would be a gargantuan task. Besides, even if David accepted the challenge, he was too small to wear the armor necessary to enter battle with Goliath. His weapon, a sling, was likewise a small implement. Everything about David was small, including his chances of success against the giant. But as we all know, David's God was victorious; the slight shepherd of Israel slew the giant Goliath.

Horatius Banal, reflecting on God's use of that which is small, realized that little things can frequently be used by God to be great things. He wrote, "A holy life is made up of a multitude of small things. It is the little things of the hour and not the great things of the age that fill up a life like that of the Apostle Paul or John or David Brainard or Henry Martyn. Little words, not eloquent speeches or sermons, little deeds, not miracles or battles or one great heroic effort or martyrdom, make up the true Christian life. It's the little constant sunbeam, not the lightning, the waters of Siloam that go softly in their meek mission of refreshment, not the waters of the rivers great and main rushing down in torrent, noise, and force that are the true symbols of the holy life."

There are no small people, small tasks or small responsibilities in the service of God. You can be small only if you fail to take the bread and cheese as God has commanded. How much happier Goliath would have been if little David had stayed home that day.

MORNING HYMN
Little is much, when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There's a crown and you can win it,
If you'll go in Jesus' name.