Often, It’s Best to Just Stop Talking!

stop talking, horseWhat comes out of our mouths shapes things. Even more, our words create things.

What we say can also torch our lives.

Here’s what we now know from psychology, science, human achievement and business — our personal language affects our world.

Sometimes it’s best (for everything and everyone concerned!) that we just stop talking.

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Is Self-Sabotage Giving Space to Unanswered Prayers?

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Several days ago, I sensed the Holy Spirit nudging me into a fresh truth about unanswered prayers … I was reading through the book of James in Fairchild Chapel on the campus of Oberlin College. Photo: Fairchild Chapel

I think we can say that prayer (conversing and interacting with the Creator) is an unlimited pursuit!

We have the opportunity to grow and increase in prayer. The heavens are the limit! Thomas Brooks said, O the power of private prayer! I hath a kind of omnipotency in it.”

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Resurrection Life in You. Right Now. Right Here.

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“I am the resurrection and the life. Now.”

We can all live a new life … a life which is far beyond imagination.

Raising someone (or something) to life — resurrection life — now that is a showcase of God’s energy!

Lazarus was sick and died. He was entombed for 4 days. And yet the first thing Jesus says to his sister is, “Your brother shall rise again.”

What Martha did not know was that Jesus was ready to radically shift her perception and experience.

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33 Stellar Quotes About the Cross

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“No cross, no crown.” — William Penn

Jesus not only died ‘for’ us; He died ‘as’ us. It is through the deep working of the cross in our lives, that we really discover who we are, who we’re meant to be …

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us — a crucified God — must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”    John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life

“… the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity … the old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them.”    A.W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest

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Temptation’s Seductive Voice: Sin Will Feel Like Heaven

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When the enemy first presents temptation, he promises that sin will feel like Heaven — that it will be worth the cost. However, what may have felt a little like ‘Heaven’ in the beginning, over time, degrades into the bondage of hell.

In contrast, when the Holy Spirit calls us to deny ourselves and resist temptation, in the beginning it may feel a little like hell. However, in time, holding to the righteousness of God will unfold into Heaven.

Francis Frangipane

photo credit: Creative Commons / Craig Berry

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