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The Source of Every Right Impulse

We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ. Christ is the source of every right impulse. He is the only one that can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our own sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts.

. . . Christ must be revealed to the sinner as the Savior dying for the sins of the world; and as we behold the Lamb of God upon the cross of Calvary, the mystery of reemption begins to unfold to our minds and the goodness of God leads us to repentance. In dying for sinners, Christ manifested a love that is incomprehensible; and as the sinner beholds this love, it softens the heart, impresses the mind, and inspires contrition in the soul.

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The Core of Worship

The study of God's Word forms the core of both worship to God and unity as a people of God. When believers come together as a family to fellowship and worship, God's Word speaks through the scriptures with a call to live for His glory and be prepared for Jesus' second coming. This same Word shapes our unity as we receive the divine instruction to guide our common mission and witness.

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Prayer and Faith

Jesus, when preparing for some great trial or some important work, would resort to the solitude of the mountains and spend the night in prayer to His Father. A night of prayer preceded the ordination of the apostles and the Sermon on the Mount, the transfiguration, the agony of the judgment hall and the cross, and the resurrection glory.

We, too, must have times set apart for meditation and prayer and for receiving spiritual refreshing. We do not value the power and efficacy of prayer as we should. Prayer and faith will do what no power on earth can accomplish. We are seldom, in all respects, placed in the same position twice. We continually have new scenes and new trials to pass through, where past experiences cannot be a sufficient guide. We must have the continual light that comes from God.

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The Unwavering Love of God

What a remarkable climax to such an amazing story--from bowing low in shame at the temple to shouting with excitement and exhilaration at the tomb, "He is alive!" The very worst of sinners became the most devout of followers and the very first one sent out as a witness to the Resurrection. This is the ultimate example of what the unwavering love of God can and will do for all those who receive it. . . .

God's love stretches beyond our ignorance, even our apathy, to assert itself. Regardless of our decisions, our past, our issues, we are loved. Period. The question has never been the reality or unwavering nature of God's love for us. As in every great love story, the heart of the pursuer longs for one response--for that love to be reciprocated.

What we will do with the love He freely offers is the question that looms over each one of our lives. After the unrelenting pursuit, how will we relate to His love? The end of each of our stories is yet to be written. Jesus is still pursuing us, and His heart's desire is to spend eternity lavishing His undying love on us. You and I get to decide whether His dream comes true.

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An Awesome God

Most of my problems with God have been problems of limited perception. I don't see what He sees. I don't know what He knows. My timing is not His tming. He doesn't fit in a box, no matter what I want to call that box. He is greater, more loving, and more compassionate than anyone and anything. And now I know that I can't fully comprehend God. And I would rather have a big God like that. An AWESOME GOD!

I have come to fully believe that He wants the best for me, as soon as possible. And that is ALL I have. So, I have decided to trust His heart, which He fully revealed by dying on the cross for me. And I am an absolutely unworthy person, but I am saved because of Him.

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The Promise of His Presence

The entire Bible, from beginning to end, is about the plan of redemption God made in order to save us so that we could be with Him forever, exactly as He had planned when He created us in His image. From Genesis to Revelation, we go full circle, which was made possible through Jesus' suffering on the cross. When we decided to run away from Him, God refused to leave us. He wouldn't go through eternity without us.

May the promise of His presence be yours in your soul today and every day, until we see Immanuel face-to-face when He comes to take us home.

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Glory to God in the Highest

The heavenly messenger had quieted their fears. He had told them how to find Jesus. With tender regard for their human weakness, he had given them time to become accustomed to the divine radiance. Then the joy and glory could no longer be hidden. The whole plain was lighted up with the bright shining of the hosts of God. Earth was hushed, and heaven stooped to listen to the song, -- "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

Oh that today the human family could recognize that song! The declaration then made, the note then struck, will swell to the close of time, and resound to the ends of the earth. When the Sun of Righteousness shall arise, with healing in His wings, that song will be re-echoed by the voice of a great multitude, as the voice of many waters, saying "Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth." Rev. 19: 6.

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A Love Stronger Than Death

The heart of God yearns over His earthly children with a love stronger than death. In giving up His Son, He has poured out to us all heaven in one gift. The Savior's life and death and intercession, the ministry of angels, the pleading of the Spirit, the Father working above and through all, the unceasing interest of heavenly beings,--all are enlisted in behalf of man's redemption.

Oh, let us contemplate the amazing sacrifice that has been made for us! . . . Let us avail ourselves of the means provided for us that we may be transformed into His likeness, and be restored to fellowship with the ministering angels, to harmony and communion with the Father and the Son.

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Relationships Matter

Relationships mattered to Paul. The apostle knew that fractured relationships are detrimental to spiritual growth and church unity. When he was imprisoned in Rome, he met a runaway slave named Onesimus who had fled from Colossae to Rome. Coincidentally, Paul realized he personally knew Onesimus's master, Philemon. 

The letter to Philemon is Paul's appeal to his friend regarding the need for a restored relationship with the runaway slave. . . . At first glance it is somewhat surprising that Paul did not speak more forcefully against the evils of slavery. But Paul's intent was not what we would be concerned with, and in the end his approach proved far more effective. . . . The apostle sent Onesimus back to Philemon, not as a slave but as his spiritual son in Jesus and as Philemon's "beloved brother" in the Lord. . . .

A common relationship in Christ has a definite impact on personal relationships within the body of Christ, and the restoration of this broken relationship had a tremendous impact on the life of the early church, ultimately leading to the abolition of slavery in the Western world.

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True Godliness

To possess true godliness means to love one another, to help one another, to make apparent the religion of Jesus in our lives. We are to be consecrated channels through which the love of Christ flows to those who need help. . . . He who approaches nearest to obedience to the divine law will be of the most service to God. He who follows Christ, reaching out after His goodness, His compassion, His love for the human family, will be accepted by God as a worker together with Him. . . .

When the Lord's people are filled with meekness and tenderness for one another, they will realize that His banner over them is love and His fruit will be sweet to their taste. Heaven will begin on earth. They will make a heaven below in which to prepare for heaven above.

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