March 28, 2014
Who is receiving praise? Who’s strength brings good?

"Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” 2 Corinthians 3:1-6
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10

March 6, 2014
"The goal is not moral conformity. The goal is a knowledge of Jesus and a relationship with Jesus that transforms us from the inside out."

— Matt Chandler

February 27, 2014
"Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed."

— 1 Peter 1:13b (NIV)

February 21, 2014
Walk by the Spirit

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (Zechariah 4:6 NIV)

February 21, 2014
"Great sin draws out great grace. There is mercy for me, for where guilt is most terrible, there Thy mercy in Christ is most free and deep."

— Puritan Prayer

February 20, 2014

"I Will Follow" by Vertical Church Band

December 17, 2013
"We are not to strive for a ‘heavenly’ status, since that has already been freely given to us in Christ. Rather, we are to make that heavenly status the guidepost for all our thinking and acting."

— Douglas Moo

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November 21, 2013
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November 21

THE OUTWARD, UPWARD LOOK

“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else” Isaiah 45:22

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This is a promise of promises. It lies at the foundation of our spiritual life. Salvation comes through a look at Him who is “a just God and a Saviour.” How simple is the direction! “Look unto me. How reasonable is the requirement! Surely the creature should look to the Creator. We have looked elsewhere long enough, it is time that we look alone to Him who invites our expectation, and promises to give us His salvation.

Only a look! Will we not look at once? We are to bring nothing in ourselves, but to look outward and upward to our Lord on His throne, whither He has gone up from the cross. A look requires no preparation, no violent effort: it needs neither wit nor wisdom, wealth nor strength. All that we need is in the Lord our God, and if we look to Him for everything, that everything shall be ours, and we shall be saved.

Come, far-off ones, look hither! Ye ends of the earth, turn your eyes this way! As from the furthest regions men may see the sun and enjoy his light, so you who lie in death’s borders at the very gates of hell may by a look receive the light of God, the life of Heaven, the salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God, and therefore able to save.

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— Charles Spurgeon from Faith’s Checkbook

November 17, 2013
"Jesus kept saying ‘Follow Me’ not ‘follow my rules’ so most of us have spent our Christian lives learning what we can’t do instead of celebrating what we can do in Jesus."

— Michael Yaconelli

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October 24, 2013
"The gospel of Jesus is not an invitation to do better or try harder; it is a death certificate that unfolds into a new birth certificate, providing us with a renewed identity!"

— Peter Hubbard