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 CHRISTIANITY is the good life any way that you look at it.

 
 The mindset of a Christian must be that of a Christian or he cannot be a Christian (Galatians 2:20; I Corinthians 11:1; Colossians 3:1-3; Matthew 6:33,22).

 
 The best prayer is the one that is prayed spontaneously.

 
 The very existence of the church is one of the greatest witnesses to the message that it preaches, that message being the resurrection of Christ, the message that brought the church into being. 

 
 As a man "thinketh in his heart [good or evil], so is he"Öeventually.

 
 "Bad" things that happen to us are only bad to the degree that we let them be bad; trust God, and keep a positive mental attitude.

 
 Deeds of KIND-ness show what KIND of person you are.

 
 The secret to happiness is not in acquiring more and more things, but in wanting less and being content with what we already have.

 
 People of kindred spirits can communicate without talking.
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 THEY WHO live in hope will abound in optimism.

 
 An empty tomb is the unique message of Christianity.

 
 A game has no meaning unless played by the rules.

 
 We need grace to save us from a life of sin and disgrace (Ephesians 2:1-10; Titus 2:11,12).

 
 Our hearts must reach out to people before we can reach them for Christ.

 
 Having become the favored objects and recipients of Godís mercy and grace, we are to be channels of this mercy and grace to others.

 
 Even as God is one, our devotion to Him should be singular (Deut. 6:4,5).

 
 By victoriously abstaining from the bad we enhance our capacity to enjoy that which is good.

 
 Meekness is not weakness, but strength subdued and under control.

 
 Showing partiality is a sin because the command to love your neighbor as yourself is not selective (James 2:8,9).

 
 A hope thatís sure will produce a life thatís pure (I John 3:1-3).
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A LOVE thatís real will do more than feel (I John 3:16-18).

 
We must be resolved to follow the Bible and that alone, even if it means sometimes standing alone, if we are to be found faithful to God.

 
 Truth is neither relative nor subjective, but is absolute and objective.

 
 In the Bible we find satire, but no humor; in the Bible God is pictured as laughing, but only in contempt for evil-doers (Psalms 2:4; 37:13).

 
 What a person stands for determines what he stands against.

 
 Having faith in people goes a long way in helping them believe in themselves and in doing what they should.

 
 The most humble person is usually the least aware of his humility.

 
 It is great to be able to stand on your own two feet, but of little consequence unless you are going somewhere.

 
 Self-respect and self-reliance are good companions.

 
 Hope gives birth to patience, and then trials nurture, cultivate, and bring patience to maturity.
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Proverbially
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 INSULT is the prelude to injury.
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 If a manís life is in place, he wonít have to worry about his place in life.
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 Letís not be pragmatic when God is dogmatic.
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 Trying to develop character without being religious is like not having a track to run on.
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 Delay is the best course of action when experiencing anger.
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 Through godly sorrow and tears we prepare ourselves for a land where sorrow and tears will be no more.
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 Honesty should not be regarded as a matter of policy, but of principle.
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 Negative and hurt feelings repressed, suppressed, and unexpressed will make a person depressed.
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 The only thing that equals being loved is to love another. 
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 We should not be in such a hurry that we cannot stop and enjoy life, nor should we be so engrossed while stopping that we let life pass us by.
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 It is best to say little and do much. 
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 The way you try to live is your commentary on the meaning of life.
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  IF YOU are not right with God, you are not right.

 
 If you must talk about others, why not try talking to God about them?

 
 Some people think they have all the answers when they donít even know all the questions.

 
 A little bit of religion, like vaccine, will immune you against the real thing.

 
The one who rules the universe is the one who made the rules, so we better go by them.

 
 It is hard to be nice to people who are not nice to you, but that is Christianity.

 
It is not what you have, or how much you have, but what you do with what you have that really matters.

 
 A gauge of your love of the truth is seen in how much false teaching disturbs you.
 If doing your thing only involves things, though you gain the whole wide world, your life wonít amount to a thing if you leave God out.

 
 Self-serving "servants" do not serve, except their own selfish ambitions.

 
 The danger of overlooking the faults in others is that we will try to excuse them in ourselves (and we will all end up being lost).

 
 An empty church building is not compatible with the message of the empty tomb.
 If our cup is full and running over, it should be an occasion of being thankful; but, really, it is of little spiritual consequence and significance unless we are sharing it with others.

 
 Alcohol is the devilís brew, and those who consume it are under his power.

 
 Some peopleís concept of salvation is to have some kind of overwhelming emotional experience, and then live as they please thereafter.

 
 Doubt wonít help you out when you are down and out; trust is a must.

 
 The more we help some people the less we help them for they become dependent upon us and will not help themselves; so let us help them to help themselves.

 
 You can give and not be a Christian, but you canít be a Christian without giving. 

 
 The most snobbish people are those who once had nothing and now have, imagine that they have, or pretend that they have something, as they look down their noses at others; thus foolishly venting their inverted insecurities.

 
 You canít walk with Christ unless you are going in the same direction that he is.

 
 In a society where success is measured by bigness and numbers, some churches feel paranoid if they are small in number rather than being burdened because of the great number lost in sin.

 
 The narrower the mind, the harder the passage of big and expansive thoughts through it.

 
 The object of worship must be right, the expression of worship must be right, and the worshipper must be right before the worship can be right.

 
 If you shut God out of your life, the doors of heaven will not be open to you.

 
 Many times arrogance and pride are glorified, and even deified, in what is called patriotism.

 
 Most church probems are caused by selfishness
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 SOME will not take a stand for the right because that would imply they have been wrong, and that others are in the wrong.

 
 The first step to getting on our feet should be getting on our knees.

 
 "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall" (Proverbs 16:18); however, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up" (James 4:10).

 
 I am against sin, not because I am so righteous, but because of the struggles I have had with it.

 
 How to invalidate grace: (1) Think that you can be saved by your good works; (2) Think that you can be saved while making a practice of sin.

 
 If we shut God out of our lives, the doors of heaven will not be open to us.

 
 The most tolerant people are those who believe nothing in particular, except it is hard for them to tolerate those who have definite convictions.

 
 If we use grace as an excuse to sin, grace does not excuse that sin.

 
 When family ties and friendship ties are stronger than ties in the Lord, it can tie a lot of knots in the Lordís work.

 
 You are not respecting yourself when you tolerate that which is evil.

 
 According to the New Testament, elders are the pastors of the sheep (the church), but today we have hirelings called "ministers" doing the work of the elders.

 
 When we strive to "walk worthy of the Lord" (Colossians 1:10), we are therewith made to realize just how unworthy we really are.

 
 For some "religious" people the Bible serves no higher purpose than that of a sectarian instrument with which to hit their brethren over the head.

 
 Not all skeletons are in the closet; some may be in the living room with the flesh still on them.

 
 "Ministries" in the New Testament is not a word having reference to religious organizations devoted to Christian enterprises, but it refers to the actual work itself as it is done.

 
 Belong to Christ, not to a denomination, and be simply a member of his body, the church.

 
 "The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play"óit sounds like a description of many churches today, but it is talking about the children of Israel of long ago (Exodus 32:6).

 
 Life is a one way street; there is no turning back, so make sure you are going in the right direction. 

 
 You go out of your way to help some people, and instead of them being thankful, they complain, "Why didnít you help me more?"

 
 When we deify our aches and pains, it is hard for the God of all comfort to be sovereign in our lives.

 
 It is hard for man to have "dominion" over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28) when he does not have dominion over himself.

 
 The men who make history are not the ones who write it; they donít have time.

 
 We should not be in such a hurry that we cannot stop and enjoy life; nor should we be so engrossed while stopping that we let life pass us by.

 
 Peace of mind when peace has not been made with God is delusion.

 
 The man who will try to defend his bad habits has been brainwashed and in his mental stupor is held captive by them. 

 
 The Word of God only makes only churches of God.
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