A JOB well done is its own reward.
There is no way that we can lift people up unless we come down to their level to help them.
Beware lest when we give out we give in and then give up (Galatians 6:9). 
Being intoxicated, or drunk, is not just a single sin, but it is one that opens the door to many others.
Know God--know hope, know peace; no God--no hope, no peace. 
The man who makes the best of that which is less than best will come out the best. 
In an atmosphere of ill will the will of God will not and cannot be accomplished. 
We can give without loving (I Corinthians 13:3), but we cannot love without giving (I John 3:16-18; John 3:16). 
Difficulties are obstacles only to the weak. 
God is Spirit (non- physical), John 4:24, and any reference to Him otherwise is an accommodation to the limited mind of finite man. 
We best keep God's Word when we give it away--EVANGELIZE! 

(VOL 35, NO. 4, 1997)
TO FAIL to plan is to plan to fail. 
In a sense prayer connects us with those for whom we pray, as well as connecting us with God. 
The man who fears God has nothing else to fear. 
As metal is solidly welded together by intense heat, so the closest friendships are forged in the common experience of adversity.
Quitting sin is not a matter of Christian growth, but of repentance. 
When we look to the future, and press on with hope, our life will not be past tense. 
Life is too valuable to let the years slip by without living them. 
Too many are more interested in polishing the sepulchres of the prophets (Matthew 23:29-32), with no intentions of doing what they said, than in going to the empty tomb and living the resurrected life.
Where will you be when you get where you are going? 
It is hard for the weak to forgive for they are insecure and feel threatened and intimidated in doing so. 

THE FEAR of failure keeps many in that category.
The purpose of having a sheepfold is not only to keep the sheep in, but to keep the wolves out. 
Nothing works like work when it comes to getting the Lord's work done. 
You cannot do as you please unless your purpose in living is to please God in everything that you do and say. 
To die without accepting Christ is to be a fool forever.
Don't take the low road, but take the high (John 14:6), and it will lead to a home on high. 
People who are oblivious to time, many times are in danger of falling into oblivion. 
All things come to them who wait, and then if we are not alert, they may just pass on by. 
He has gained much who does not want much. 
We can give without loving (I Corinthians 13:3), but we cannot love without giving (I John 3:16-18; John 3:16). 
A man who is afraid of failure will do ANYTHING or NOTHING. 


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WHEN we esteem and lift men just a little too high, we will eventually see their clay feet. 
"Can't" never did anything, and "Won't" never will. 
If ignorance is bliss, a lot of people must be having a gay old time as far as their knowledge of the Word of God is concerned. 

 We cannot pull together, or even walk together, unless we are going in the same direction.
A man of small stature physically is still small though he stand on the highest mountain, and men of little character are still little though they be found in the highest places of society. 
We cannot drag our feet and walk as Jesus walked (I John 2:6). 
When the attention of religious people is placed upon a religious movement instead of the religious truth that produced that movement, the movement has fizzled out. 
If peacemakers are called "children of God" (Matthew 5:9), what would troublemakers be called? 
If hearing God's Word preached in its fullness runs people off from church, they really didn't have far to go. 
Have you ever noticed, an empty container makes more noise than a full one. 
Some people proudly esteem themselves to be advanced Bible students when really they are only secondhand clones of sectarianism and have never actually approached the Bible independently on their own to understand it. 
When people who do not practice self-control are in control of our country, things get out of control.
Criticism coming from those in error, considering the source, many times should be looked upon as a backhanded compliment.
Hope is the anchor of the soul (Hebrews 6:18,19), and those without it are adrift upon a troubled sea.
If today's church cannot accomplish what it is trying to do through the individual Christian and the local congregation (and must resort to other means), chances are that it has gotten out of the range and authority of its commission. 
Freedom, if it is not in the context of purpose and responsibility, has no meaning and is harmful to all concerned. 
The Word of God is the seed of the kingdom and does not produce tares of a denominational hybrid; consequently Jesus said, "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up" (Matthew 15:13). 
We need to present the truth in a good solid affirmative way; reactionaryism produces reactionaryism
Contrary to what the word might seem to suggest, when people are "highminded," their thoughts do not come from above but from below. 
with a Point
"GOD resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6)--therefore, to be proud is to deprive ourselves of the grace of God. 
Are you a stumbling block or a stepping stone? 
Acknowledging that we are sinners without forsaking our sins only the more emphatically accents our condemnation.
Sound preaching must have more than sound to it. 
When we are on "fire" for the Lord, we need to be careful that we do not experience "burn out" when so few respond to what we have to say. 
"To err is human, to forgive, divine," but to continue in sin is devilish. 
When a person sits under strong preaching, and does not obey it, it makes him more set in the ways of error.
Salvation is not based upon feeling, but feeling should be based upon salvation. 
Some Christians grow (just grow older) but don't grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord (II Peter 3:18; 1:2-11).
It seems that many modern "pastors" are more interested in fleecing the sheep than in feeding them. 
If we whisper repentance and shout forgiveness, there will be little change in a person's life as he goes on living in his unforgiven sin. 
Life, not properly lived, can become wearisome and burdensome. 
God is concerned not only about how we give, that we are a cheerful and generous giver; but how that we receive, that it is with thanksgiving. 
If we can't figure out that people are lost, chances are we don't know if we are saved or not either.
It seems that we must strip away the veneer of wealth, material things, gaudy garments, and cosmetics before the spiritual man can shine through. 
If we have a "short fuse," it would be wise to stay away from explosive situations. 
When we have our appointment with the "grim reaper," we will then reap that which we have sown, good or bad.
It is hard to be clothed with Christ when we are all wrapped up in the world. 
A sect may also be a group of people who self-righteously think they are all of the Lord's church when in reality they are only a section, if indeed that at times.
If you live without God, you will die without God (and without hope). 
If something is the truth, no amount of wishing it were otherwise or believing something else will change the matter.