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“We all have the sneaking idea that we are the favorites of God—‘It’s alright for me to do this, God will understand.’ If I as a child of God commit sin, I will be as sternly dealt with as if I were not His child.” ―Oswald Chambers

“I did not think that I had done anything when I hear them [his congregation] applauding, but when I saw them weeping.” —Augustine

“God uses our struggles for His glory!” Read more from Max Lucado in his post A Season Of Suffering.

“Pain is terrible, but surely you need not have fear as well? Can you not see death as the friend and deliverer? It means stripping off that body which is tormenting you: like taking off a hair-shirt or getting out of a dungeon. What is there to be afraid of?” ―C.S. Lewis

“You can blame your unhappiness on poor health, being misunderstood, or having an uncaring mate, boss or friend. In fact, you can blame it on anything you choose. But the truth is that there is no excuse for a Christian to live as a slave to the devil.” Read more from David Wilkerson in his post The Lack Of Victory.

Pastor Dave Barringer shares 7 prayers you may be the answer for.

Great question, great post: What Keeps Us From Having Deeper Friendships?

Instant Gratification

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I get really tired of the arguments from people questioning the validity of the Bible. Most of the arguments have been debunked a long time ago, and are simply repeated ad nauseum. Here is a great post from a New Testament scholar taking apart these arguments.

Almost as bad as the arguments against the validity of Scripture are the arguments for socialized medicine. Here are 5 reasons why Obamacare should be completely repealed.

Parents, you should be aware of some security issues for your kids on Instagram.

“You will do more in one year if you are really filled with the Holy Ghost than you could do in 50 years apart from Him.” ―Smith Wigglesworth

“Do not even such things as are most bitter to the flesh, tend to awaken Christians to faith and prayer, to a sight of the emptiness of this world, and the fadingness of the best it yield? … How then can we be offended at things by which we reap so much good?” ―John Bunyan

“Pride, on the other hand, is the mother of all sins, and the original sin of lucifer … an instrument strung but preferring to play itself because it thinks it knows the tune better than the Musician.” ―C.S. Lewis

“The assurance that prayer is heard is the earnest that prayer will be answered. The petition is accepted, though no answer has yet been received. Well, we can leave it there. … God never is before His time; nor is He ever too late; He comes just when He is needed.” —Charles Spurgeon

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Jesus Daily (book review)

Jesus DailyIn just a minute I’ll tell you how to win a FREE copy of the Jesus Daily book, and one other winner will get a free copy of the book and a really cool Jesus Daily t-shirt.

Some people have asked, “Would Jesus tweet?” The answer, I believe, is a resounding yes! Jesus used all of the methods available to Him to share the Good News. Dr. Aaron Tabor is essentially doing the same thing. What has become the Jesus Daily book began by Dr. Tabor asking, “What more can I do to share the good news about Jesus Christ?” That turned into a Facebook page, which has now become this inspirational book.

Jesus Daily is a 365-day devotional book. Each day you will find a verse from the Bible, a short 1-page devotional thought which springs from that verse, followed by a way to interact with others online in sharing the good news.

For example, on my birthday I see, “Surely, O Lord, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favor as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12). The devotional thought reminds me that God as my Heavenly Father loves spending time with me, and that in His surrounding presence I find restoration. I don’t have to “earn” time with Him, but He longs for me to come to Him. Then I’m challenged to post one of my favorite verses on-line, and ask others to do the same.

It’s a powerfully-simple concept. Just a few minutes each day, and you will not only draw closer to God, but you will share the good news about Jesus with all of your on-line connections.

Okay, here’s how you can win one of the two prizes. To be entered into the drawing, do as many of the following as you’d like. You will be entered one time for each of these things:

  • Post a comment below with one of your favorite Bible verses.
  • Click one of the share buttons to share this post on one or all of your social media outlets. Make sure that you use the hashtag #JesusDailyBook, and also tag me (@craigtowens) so I can get you entered.

Winners will be selected by a random drawing at 5pm EST on Saturday, December 6, 2014. If your name is drawn, I will contact you. Even if you don’t win a free copy, Jesus Daily will make a great devotional book for you.

I am a FaithWords book reviewer.

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Some good reading (and watching) from this weekend…

This was a bit convicting: 7 Signs You’re Spending Too Much Time Looking At Your Phone (I am trying to improve on this!).

This post from Chilly Chilton was also a bit convicting: My Take On President Obama.

“Jesus builds His Church, not by programs, facilities, budgets, and good ‘branding,’ but by living His life in and through each of the members of His Body, beginning with their shepherds.” —T.M. Moore

[VIDEO] John Maxwell says being growth oriented is better than being goal oriented.

“The popular notion that the first obligation of the church is to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth is false. Her first obligation is to be spiritually worthy to spread it. Our Lord said ‘Go ye,’ but He also said, ‘Tarry ye,’ and the tarrying had to come before the going.” —A.W. Tozer

“I believe that our Lord wants us to learn more of Him in worship before we become busy for Him. He wants us to have a gift of the Spirit, an inner experience of the heart, as our first service, and out of that will grow the profound and deep and divine activities which are necessary.” —A.W. Tozer

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“I say that the greatest tragedy in the world today is that God has made man in His image and made him to worship Him, made him to play the harp of worship before the face of God day and night, but he has failed God and dropped the harp. It lies voiceless at his feet.” —A.W. Tozer

“Before you drink at a brook, it is well to know its source.” —Anonymous

Ye servants of God, your Master proclaim,
and publish abroad His wonderful name;
the name all-victorious of Jesus extol,
His kingdom is glorious and rules over all. …

Then let us adore and give Him His right,
all glory and power, all wisdom and might;
all honor and blessing with angels above,
and thanks never ceasing and infinite love. —Charles Wesley

Eric Metaxas gives us an updates on Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, sentenced to death in Sudan because of her Christian faith.

John Stonestreet with an important reminder about watching what we post online.

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Some good reading from today…

Food for thought: Worship In A Selfie World.

“The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words.” —Rachel Naomi Remen

Pastor Dave Barringer has some good thoughts on Successful Communication In Marriage.

Joy is distinctly a Christian word and a Christian thing. It is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the result of what happens of an agreeable sort. Joy has its springs deep down inside. And that spring never runs dry, no matter what happens. Only Jesus gives that joy.” —S.D. Gordon

The Holy Spirit does not bring text after text until we are utterly confused; He simply brings back with the greatest of ease the words which we need in the particular circumstances we are in. Then comes in the use of the will, will I obey the word which has been brought back to our remembrance? The battle comes when we begin to debate instead of obeying.” —Oswald Chambers

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Some interesting reading (and watching and listening) from the last couple of days.

Great D-Day history! You can listen to CBS Radio as they reported the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.

Watching porn not only decreases brain size, but it also weakens the watcher’s ability to make good long-term decisions.

Parents: kids can download apps to hide pictures and videos on their electronic devices. Check out the latest news from uknowkids.com.

The Congressional Budget Office now reports that ObamaCare costs are so outrageous that it is impossible for them to calculate the total economic impact.

“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 a 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 humbled. … There’s an awesomeness about God which is missing in our day altogether; there’s little sense of admiring awe in the Church of Christ these days.” —A.W. Tozer

[VIDEO] Clay Christensen on the importance of religious freedom to democracy.

“The most paralyzing thing we can do for our relationship is to define our spouse by their past, rather than by who they are in the present.” Read more from this post Top 10 Relationship Killers.

Fasting is beneficial spiritually and physically: Fasting can regenerate immune system.

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