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15 Thoughts

Dear Friends,

Today I offer you 15 thoughts to ponder. They are from various authors past and present. I trust that even though some may not 'hit the spot' for you, others will. Enjoy.

"If your God never disagrees with you, you may just be worshipping an idealized version of yourself."
Tim Keller
"By depicting a Samaritan helping a Jew, Jesus could not have found a more forceful way to say that anyone at all in need, regardless of race, politics, class and religion, is your neighbor. Not everyone is your brother or sister in the faith, but everyone is your neighbor, and you must love your neighbor."
Tim Keller

"We are prone to inscribe our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand."
Charles Spurgeon

"Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell."
Charles Spurgeon

"If you never heal from what hurt you, you'll always bleed on people who didn't cut you."

"What fools are they, who for a drop of pleasure, are willing to drink a sea of wrath."
Thomas Watson

"Listen to your conscience, it's your God-given defense against sin and regret."
"The fires of affliction reveal the quality of our faith."
John Calvin

"What is the deepest root of your joy? What God gives to you? Or what God is to you?"
John Piper

"Truth and doctrine are to be preached always, openly, and firmly, and are never to be disassembled or concealed. For there is no offense in them; they are the staff of uprightness."
Martin Luther

[Under grace] "Wealth is no mark of God's favor, and poverty is no mark of God's displeasure."
J. C. Ryle

"The Church cannot be the salt of the earth if we keep sugar-coating the Gospel."

"Most people want Jesus as a consultant rather than a King, but He does not come that way."
Tim Keller

"The more you see your own flaws and sins, the more precious, electrifying and amazing God's grace appears to you."
Tim Keller

"I may repeat 'Do unto others' until I am red in the face, but I cannot really carry it out until I love my neighbor as myself, and I cannot learn to love my neighbor until I learn to love God, and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him." (John 14:21)
C. S. Lewis

With prayers for God's grace and blessing on your day, Pastor Jeff


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