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If love is not proud & does not boast; if it does not envy & keeps no record, then it also has no basis on which to ever be competitive

 

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Jesus didn’t just come to teach us truth.  He is the truth!  Jesus didn’t just come to point us to the way.  He is the way!  Jesus didn’t just come to lead us to life.  He is the life!  (John 14:6)  Jesus didn’t just come to give us the Word.  He is the Word!  (John 1:1 & 14)  God is not simply loving.  He is love! (1 John 4:8)  We were meant to access all these things through our direct connection to Him. (John 15:5)  Without a genuine bond with the person of God, truth is reduced to a pile of arbitrary facts; the way becomes little more than a methodical process for gaining our desired outcome; the Word is devalued into just another ancient philosophy book; and we become a people who have a form of godliness while denying the true power thereof (2 Tim 3:5).

 

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It’s a lot easier to be passionate than it is to be compassionate.

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Every Minute

of

Every Day

We have the choice

 

Love or Hate

Fear or Faith

Hope or Despair

Teardown or Buildup

Unity or Division

Self or Others

Compassion or Apathy

Criticism or Encouragement

Persevere or Quit

Deception or Truth

Life or Death

 

These threads weave together to form the fabric of our existence

 

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Denial refuses to acknowledge that there is a problem

Wisdom endeavors to see a problem for what it is

Fear magnifies and exaggerates a problem

 

Denial rationalizes inaction

Wisdom pursues prudent action

Fear produces over-reaction

 

Denial breeds apathy

Wisdom breeds contemplation

Fear breeds panic

 

Denial fights to maintain the status quo

Wisdom seeks a measured response

Fear makes a bad situation worse

 

Denial is emboldened by a stubborn will

Wisdom is empowered by a peaceful mind

Fear is fueled by a fruitful imagination

 

Denial results in complacency

Wisdom looks toward hope

Fear leads to desperation

 

God grant us the strength & wisdom to grab ahold

of the things you’ve placed in our hands

And grant us the faith & hope to trust You

for the things that are beyond our reach

And Lord, please give us the discernment to

recognize the difference between the two

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The members of an orchestra don’t come together by taking their cues from each other, they do so by fixing their eyes on a singular person and responding to the promptings of that Conductor. And so it is with the Body of Christ. We will not achieve genuine unity through increased dialogue or simple cooperation. It will only happen when we collectively succumb to the guidance of the One, who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.

 

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When we allow someone to provoke us to say or do something we wouldn’t normally, we unwittingly place them in a position of leadership, and submit ourselves to their authority.

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