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IT TAKES faith to forgive (Luke 17: 2-5) and to be forgiven (Mark 2:5).
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 To know God is to personally know that God loves you and that our lives are in the center of His will.
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 To have a fulfilling life, fill your life full with that which is good.
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 Sometimes it takes more faith to accept unanswered prayer than it does to have our prayers answered.
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 When it seems the hardest to pray, thatís when we should pray the hardest.
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 Christian character is more convincing in establishing the credibility of Christianity than Christian evidences.
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 People who donít know how to love donít know how to forgive.
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 It is hard to be bold for righteousness when we have done wrong and are in the wrong (Proverbs 28:1).
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 Be kind for kindness begets kindness (each kind after its kind).
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 If we can control our minds, we can control our actions; if we can control our actions, we can get things done. 
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 Confronting problems with anger only compounds the problems.
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 OBEDIENCE is faith in action.
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 If you search your soul and search the Scriptures, you will find salvation.
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 The best things in life have nothing to do with things.
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 You can give without loving (1 Cor. 13:3), but you canít love without giving (1 John 3:17,18; John 3:16).
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 Do the best that you can and you will always do better.
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 Happy is the man who knows his weakness for in knowing he can be on guard and thereby become strong.
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 Hope that is alive produces vibrant, purposeful living.
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 Being positive in nature, faith thrives in a positive atmosphere, but sometimes it takes the trials of a negative atmosphere to perfect it.
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 Stubbornness sanctified by the Holy Spirit becomes steadfastness.
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 When God gives a command, it is understood that anything and everything contrary to its fulfillment is forbidden (Genesis 3:1-3).
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 He who is lowly does not have to fear the heights of a fall (Proverbs 16:18).
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JESUS not only is the Son of God, He is God the Son
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 It is hard for the person who has not made peace with himself to be at peace with others
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 We must recognize defeat before we can find the victory in Christ.
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 Christ loves the world because he loves the individual, and aside from the individual love would be meaningless.
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 Life is not as threadbare when we are clothed with Christ.
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 As a Christian you are nice to other people not because of who they are, but because of who you are.
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 We have no interest in that which we have not invested.
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 Daniel chose to spend a night in a lion's den before he would go through the day without praying.
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 Sometimes you have to go out on a limb to get the best fruit.
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 Always do what is right and you won't have to worry about the consequences of doing wrong.
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It is good to think twice before doing anything once.
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FAITH without love is not from above.
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 Trust and obey and you will be on your way to that Great Eternal Day. 
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 It helps to kneel if you would take a stand for that which is right.
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 If you would try-umph you must try and try and try again and again and again.
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 Read the Bible carefully and prayerfully to get the most out of it.
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 People under submission to the Holy Spirit submit themselves one to another (Ephesians 5:18,21).
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 Prayer changes things, first, because it changes us.
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 Jesus lived life in the flesh, not to prove that we could be perfect, but to become our Savior and so that we could know that he is a sympathetic high priest who has experienced life as we.
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 Prayer is the key to the morning and a lock to the night for Christians.
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 God wants us to be wholly holy (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Corinthians 7:1).
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 Itís hard to stumble when you are on your knees.
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 If we donít appreciate and love the truth, it will not be ours for long.
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  MODERN CHRISTIANITY: Every thing nice, and no sacrifice.
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 We can never profit from our mistakes until we recognize them as such.
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 If you are not a humble person, it is hard for others to teach you (for they are rebuffed by your arrogance), and it is hard for you to learn (for you think that you know it all).
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 We must first see ourselves for what we are before we can envision ourselves for what we ought to be.
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 It takes a real man to recognize that he is less than the man that he ought to be and then do something about it.
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 Just a little bit of religion can be like a vaccine, making a person immune to the real thing.
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 It takes a little negative preaching to deal with sin and then some positive preaching to get things turned around.
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 Seeking righteousness aside from the context of grace amounts to nothing more than self-righteousness.
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 If we are sectarian in our presentation of the truth, our adherents will be sectarian in their acceptance and stand for it.
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 If your Christianity doesnít work in the work place, it doesnít work any place.
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 Grace cushions us as we conscientiously strive to get sin out of our lives, and it is never a cushion upon which to indifferently recline to continue in the practice of sin.
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 It is always nice to be nice, and it is never nice to not be nice (even to people who are not nice).
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 Religion is merely a delusive opiate of the people when it only soothes their consciences but has not changed their lives.
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 If you throw your life away, you had better watch out where it will land (for it wonít be in heaven).
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 We must be crucified with Christ, if we would be raised with him; we must be raised with him, if we would walk in newness of life; we must walk in newness of life, if we would go to heaven (Romans 6; Colossians 2:12; 3:1-4).
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 Better not make a mountain out of a molehill unless you are good at mountain climbing.
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 It doesnít make sense to talk about getting back to and restoring the church of the New Testament then bypass that church, setting up other organizations to do the work of the church.
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 The mind steeped in Calvinism is a stony ground upon which the seed of the gospel to fall.
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 We can talk about the "right church" all we like, and even be against denominationalism, but if we are not right with God, we are not in the "right church" no matter what we say.
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 Some religious movements move like water going down the drain; slush! And they are with us no more.
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 It is not the responsibility of the Lordís church to provide play programs for you and your children; that is not what the church of the New Testament is all about; its mission is spiritual (I Peter 2:5).
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 Beware! You may be setting yourself up for the devil when you set yourself in front of a television set.
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 If your brand of spirituality makes you arrogant, self-righteous and proud, it would be better called carnality.
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 If we live like animals, we will die like animals (with no hope).
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 Some "churches" represent a system of compromise wherein the truth will not thrive (nor long survive).
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 Selfishness is the key to unhappiness.

 
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  RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES not based in fact are delusion.
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 He who expects little, and does nothing, will not be disappointed.
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 If we cannot see the forest for the trees, perhaps we need to step back and get a better view of things.
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 Self-induced emotional "hype" is not the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
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 The favorite pastime of some brethren is fussing and picking one another apart in the name of religion.
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 You cannot leave God out of your life then expect Him to let you into heaven.
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 If it is easy for you to "fly off the handle," you are not the best tool for the Masterís use (better get your "handle" fixed).
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 Sometimes people who are real sensitive donít make much sense.
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 If your religious life revolves around some human personality, and not solely that of Christ, you may be involved with a cult.
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 Elders should exercise leadership, not lordship, (1 Peter 5:3) over the church.
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 It is racism of the cheapest and rankest sort when played upon by politicians, whether in a negative way or even a positive way, for selfish political gain.
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 If you leave God out, you "strike out" even before you get up to bat.
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 You do not hear complaints of "cramming it down their throats" from people who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness.
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 When life gets threadbare, it is easy to become unraveled.
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 There is something wrong with our concept of grace if it does not motivate and move us to good works (Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:10).
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 If you must have the last word, let it be an "amen" at the end of a prayer.
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 Better reconsider if you think that you are "burned out" on religion; there is another place that has not burned out and where "the fire is not quenched" (Mark 9:43-48).
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 Going the course of least resistance is what makes men and rivers (and churches) crooked.
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 Preacher, in preaching remember that the apostle Paul said, "we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord" (2 Corinthians 4:5)óGET YOURSELF OUT OF THE PICTURE!
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 A person must really be small of stature if he has to put someone down to make himself seen.
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 If you present yourself as a painted sex object (Jeremiah 4:30; Ezekiel 23:40; Proverbs 6:25), you may find it hard to let your light shine (Matthew 5:16) through a face smothered with makeup (1 Tim. 2:9,10).
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 Reality is not always the truth; it is things as they are, but not necessarily how they should be.
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 Although a polluted substance may be emptied from a container, impure residue remains; likewise, to think evil thoughts defiles the mind, although the thoughts are no longer there.
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 You are a selfish person if you are trying to live your life without God.
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 The Bible speaks of walking in the light (1 John 1:7), not just doing nothing, basking in the light.
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