Growing together in the Spirit of Jesus Christ...

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:25 NIV

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 (peace)

photo by Lee Keefer

“He offers peace from God (Romans 1:7)
to all who are the recipients of His grace.
He makes peace with God (Romans 5:1)
for those who surrender to Him in faith.
And He brings the peace of God (Philippians 4:7)
to those who walk with Him.”
- John MacArthur

Monday, January 30, 2012

January 30, 2012 (like a child)

like a child
photo by Lee Keefer

“Know you what it is to be a child?
It is to be something very different
from the man of to-day.
It is to have a spirit yet streaming
from the waters of baptism;
it is to believe in love,
to believe in loveliness,
to believe in belief... “
- Francis Thompson

“I tell you the truth,
unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
- Matthew 18:3 NIV

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January 29, 2012 (infinite space)

infinite space
photo by Patrick Frey

“It may help us to the threshold of the truth
to say that God inhabits infinite space:
but when we look a little deeper
we see that space itself belongs to finite things
and that the notion of infinite space
is without meaning.
God created space when He created finite things.
He Himself is beyond space.
There is no near and no far to Him.
Everything to Him is equally near.”
- J. Gresham Machen

Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 28, 2012 (above all)

above all
photo by Patrick Frey

“In Christ we have:
A love that can never be fathomed
A life that can never die
A righteousness that can never be tarnished
A peace that can never be understood
A rest that can never be disturbed
A joy that can never be diminished
A hope that can never be disappointed
A glory that can never be clouded
A light that can never be darkened
A purity that can never be defiled
A beauty that can never be marred
A wisdom that can never be baffled
Resources that can never be exhausted.”
- Author Unknown

“Jesus Christ is not valued at all
until He is valued above all.”
- Augustine

Friday, January 27, 2012

January 27, 2012 (to prepare us)

to prepare us
photo by Patrick Frey

“The family is supposed to be
our training ground in this loving authority.
It is a “ramping-up” place
that God has given us to learn
love, respect, honor, obedience, and trust,
in order to prepare us for relating to others
and ultimately to God Himself.”
- Mark Dever

Thursday, January 26, 2012

January 26, 2012 (river of greatness)

river of greatness
(Skyrim screen shot)

“If we study the lives
of great men and women
carefully and unemotionally
we find that, invariably,
greatness was developed,
tested and revealed through
the darker periods of their lives.
One of the largest tributaries
is always the STREAM OF ADVERSITY.”
- Cavett Robert

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

January 25, 2012 (KEEP WATCH)

photo by Lee Keefer

“But of that day or that hour
not a [single] person knows,
not even the angels in heaven,
nor the Son, but only the Father.
Be on your guard [constantly alert],
and watch and pray;
for you do not know
when the time will come.”
- Mark 13:32,33 AMP

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012 (never dread tomorrow)

never dread tomorrow

With all the dismal weather here lately,
I thought a little cheer and encouragement
was in order so...

“There is really nothing we need to know
or even try to understand.
If we refuse to be discouraged
and trust God’s guiding hand.
So take heart and meet each minute
with faith in God’s great love,
Aware that every day of life
is controlled by God above…
And never dread tomorrow
or what the future brings,
Just pray for strength and courage
and trust God in all things.
And never grow discouraged
be patient and just wait
for “God never comes too early
and He never comes too late!”
- Helen Steiner Rice

Monday, January 23, 2012

January 23, 2012 (shrouded in darkness and mystery)

shrouded in darkness
and mystery

Skyrim screen shot

“It should fill us with joy,
that infinite wisdom guides
the affairs of the world.
Many of its events are
shrouded in darkness and mystery,
and inextricable confusion
sometimes seems to reign.
Often wickedness prevails,
and God seems to have forgotten
the creatures that he has made.
Our own path through life is dark and devious,
and beset with difficulties and dangers.
How full of consolation is the doctrine,
that infinite wisdom directs every event,
brings order out of confusion,
and light out of darkness,
and, to those who love God,
causes all things,
whatever be their present aspect
and apparent tendency,
to work together for good.”
- J.L. Dagg

Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012 (sweetly and beautifully)

sweetly and beautifully

“It takes a great deal of grace
to grow old sweetly and beautifully.
It is not possible to carry the alertness
and energy of young manhood,
into advanced years.
Yet if we live wisely and rightly all our lives -
old age ought to be the best of life.
We certainly ought to make it beautiful and godly,
for our life is not finished
until we come to its very last day.

We ought to be wiser when we are old -
than ever we have been in any former years.
We ought to have learned by experience.
We ought to be better in every way -
with more of God's peace in our hearts,
with more gentleness and patience.
We ought to have learned self-control,
and to be better able to rule our own spirit.
We ought to have more love, more joy,
more thoughtfulness, to be more considerate,
to have more humility.

Old age never should be the dregs of the years,
the mere cinder of a burnt-out life.
One may not have the vigor
and strenuousness of the mid-years -
but one should be every way truer,
richer-hearted, holier.
If the outward man has
grown weaker and feebler -
the inner man should have
grown stronger and Christlier.”
- J. R. Miller

Saturday, January 21, 2012

January 21, 2012 (kindness)

“Kindness is like snow -
it beautifies everything it covers”
- Author Unknown

“Kindness is a readiness to do good,
to help, to relieve burdens,
to be useful, to serve, to be tender,
and to be sympathetic to others.
It has been said,
'Kindness is love in work clothes.'”
- Alexander Strauch

Friday, January 20, 2012

January 20, 2012 (Christian rockers?)

Christian Rockers?
photo by Lee Keefer

“No chorus is too loud,
no orchestra too large [or too small],
no Psalm too lofty for the lauding of the Lord of Hosts.”
- C. H. Spurgeon

“Praise is the rehearsal of our eternal song.
By grace we learn to sing,
and in glory we continue to sing.
What will some of you do when you get to heaven,
if you go on grumbling all the way?
Do not hope to get to heaven in that style.
But now begin to bless the name of the Lord.”
- C.H. Spurgeon

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 19, 2012 (fills the hungry)

fills the hungry
photo by Lee Keefer

“Let them give thanks to the Lord
for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for men,
for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.”
- Psalm 07:8,9 NIV

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

January 18, 2012 (false prophet)

false prophet
photo by Lee Keefer

Beware of who's example you follow... for

“Many false prophets will arise
and will mislead many.”
- Matthew 24:11 NASB

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

January 17, 2012 (never give up)

keep trying
photo by Lee Keefer

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon

“... let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us.”
- Hebrews 12:1 NIV

Monday, January 16, 2012

January 16, 2012 (sanctuary)

Skyrim screen shot

“I went to the woods
because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn
what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.”
- Henry David Thoreau

“Sanctuary, on a personal level,
is where we perform the job
of taking care of our soul.”
- Christopher Forrest McDowell

Sunday, January 15, 2012

January 15, 2012 (works of creation)

works of creation
Skyrim screen shot

“In our redemption by Christ
we have the fullest,
clearest, and most delightful manifestation
of the glory of God
that ever was or shall be in this life.
All the declarations and manifestations
that we have of His glory
in the works of creation
and common providence,
are but dim and obscure
in comparison with what is here.
Indeed the glory of His wisdom,
power, and goodness,
is clearly manifested
in the works of creation.
But the glory of His mercy and love
had lain under an eternal eclipse
without a Redeemer.”
- Thomas Boston

Saturday, January 14, 2012

January 14, 2012 (on target)

second-rate pleasures

“The message of the Bible
provides the only answer
to humanity's most pressing need:
to know God himself.
Having been created by God for God,
the 'self' can never be 'self-satisfied.'
Yet, having lost sight of the God
revealed in the Bible,
all we can see is our self,
with its futile drive to meet
its own ever-changing
but never satisfied cravings
for the second-rate pleasures of this world.”
- Scott Hafemann

Friday, January 13, 2012

January 13, 2012 (wherever you go...)

wherever you may go,
whatever may befall you...

“Take courage, aged Christian,
as you listen to these cheering assurances
of the most high God;
and rejoice that he is able to
'supply all your needs according to
his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.'
For, remember, the strength
which his promises guarantee to you,
is adequate strength.
'As your days — so shall your strength be;'
the one fully commensurate with the other.
Your present necessities and your future needs
might well fill you with distress and apprehension -
did not God stand engaged to prepare you
for every emergency and to sustain you
under every burden.
But since the omnipotent Creator
has pledged himself to furnish his people
with whatever spiritual energy
they require in their perpetual conflict -
you may gratefully exclaim with the Psalmist,
'The Lord is my rock, and my fortress,
and my deliverer;
my God, my strength, in whom I will trust!'
Yes, 'trust in him at all times,'
'for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength!'”
- Author Unknown

Thursday, January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012 (eternal hope)

eternal hope

“Symbolizing eternal hope, the wreath goes 'round and 'round,
And where it starts or ends cannot be found.”
- Author Unknown

"In the midst of an ever-changing world,
the good news is that the life of faith
is anchored by the power, provisions, and promises of God.
Circumstances may change,
but the future is as sure as the character of God Himself.
No matter what happens,
those who trust in God hope in His word."
- Scott Hafemann

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

January 11, 2012 (in spite of everything)

in spite of everything
(screen shot from Skyrim)

“There is nothing which so certifies
the genuineness of a man’s faith
as his patience and his patient endurance,
his keeping on steadily in spite of everything.”
- Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“God uses the encouragement of the Scriptures,
the hope of our ultimate salvation in glory,
and the trials that He either sends or allows
to produce endurance and perseverance.”
- Jerry Bridges

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

January 10, 2012 (new ending)

new ending
photo by Lee Keefer

“Though no one can go back
and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now
and make a brand new ending.”
- Carl Bard

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 09, 2012 (from one retiree to another)

from one retiree to another

“A man can never be idle with safety and advantage
until he has been so trained by work
that he makes his freedom from times and tasks
more fruitful than his toil has been.”
- Hamilton Wright Mabie

“He enjoys true leisure who has time
[and takes the time]
to improve his soul's estate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Sunday, January 8, 2012

January 08, 2012 (under the bridge)

under the bridge
(screen shot from Skyrim)

“That's water under the bridge.”
- Author Unknown

“Yet if you devote your heart to him
and stretch out your hands to him,
if you put away the sin that is in your hand
and allow no evil to dwell in your tent,
then you will lift up your face without shame;
you will stand firm and without fear.
You will surely forget your trouble,
recalling it only as waters gone by.
Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.
You will be secure, because there is hope...”
- Job 6:13-18 NIV

Saturday, January 7, 2012

January 07, 2012 (forces of evil)

forces of evil
(screen shot from Skyrim)

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
but against the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms.”
- Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Friday, January 6, 2012

January 06, 2012 (the armor of God)

armor of God
(screen shot from Skyrim)

When you face the world
and those high mountains of tribulation,
trials and doubt,
put on the 'Armor of God'.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord
and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God,
so that you can take your stand
against the devil’s schemes.
Therefore put on the full armor of God,
so that when the day of evil comes,
you may be able to stand your ground,
and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth
buckled around your waist,
with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
and with your feet fitted with the readiness
that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,
with which you can extinguish all
the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation
and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God.”
- Ephesians 6:10,11,13-17

Thursday, January 5, 2012

January 05, 2012 (always seeking)

always seeking
(image from Skyrim)

“For the Christian to be driven or motivated
toward personal resolution
by a change of the calendar
frankly seems a little superstitious…
To say that January 1st is somehow the best day
to make personal resolutions
is to pattern ourselves after two societies
that were completely steeped in paganism…
For us to then say that
we are most significantly convicted
of the need for change in the days or weeks
leading up to January 1st
is to say that the Holy Spirit
is somehow constrained or motivated
by the same pagan system of days
that motivated the Romans and the Babylonians…
As Christians we know that we are to live
in a continual state of repentance,
always being sensitive
to the necessity for change,
always pursuing holiness,
and always seeking to obey Christ.
To wait until January 1st,
viewing it as the one time each year
when we make what we hope
will be the most significant of these changes
is to say that they were not just as necessary
on May 7th, or August 19th,
or any other day of the year.”
- Daryl Wingerd

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 04, 2012 (looking back)

looking back

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost
(The Road Not Taken)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

January 03, 2012 (turned to stone)

turned to stone

“The television, that insidious beast,
that Medusa which freezes
a billion people to stone every night,
staring fixedly, that Siren which called
and sang and promised so much
and gave, after all, so little.”
- Ray Bradbury

Monday, January 2, 2012

January 02, 2012 (life at its Highest)

life at its Highest

“[Jesus Christ] is tender without being weak,
strong without being coarse,
lowly without being servile.
He has conviction without intolerance,
enthusiasm without fanaticism,
holiness without Pharisaism,
passion without prejudice.
This man alone never made a false step,
never struck a jarring note.
His life alone moved on those high levels
where local limitations are transcended
and the absolute Law of Moral Beauty prevails.
It was life at its Highest.”
- Thomas Watson

Sunday, January 1, 2012

January 01, 2012 (Happy New Year!)

I pray everyone will have a blessed
New Year.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come!”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV