33 Stellar Quotations 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

temptation, snakeWhen 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

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Suck It Up, Buttercup

Being sensitive is a gift.

Life works better as we cultivate our emotional intelligence (EQ) … our self-awareness, stewarding our emotional life, capacity to empathize, and communication skills.

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Be sensitive and tough. Suck it up, Buttercup.

But we can waste a lot of years and energy if we’re not both sensitive and tough.

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You and I are Responsible to Establish Reality

Quite often life has this way of saying (or screaming), “This is reality. Get used to it!”

We don’t think in the category of establishing reality, do we? Our default perspective is that reality is something eternal to us. And it acts upon us.

The truth is how we respond to “This is reality …!”  makes all the difference for us and those around us.

Will we respond proactively? Or will we react passively, silently submitting to what’s happening … or what you think may happen?

Michelangelo's 'The Creation of Adam' on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, establish reality

A belief challenge: as we connect with God, we can define reality. Adam seen in Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’ on the Sistine Chapel ceiling

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Creating a Beautiful Life

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“The world has been wrong about you. They’ve hated your glory—just as the Evil One hates the glory of God. But we need your gift. Come forth.” –John Eldredge, ‘Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive’

Beauty is powerful, even fearsome.

We may instinctively sense that beauty is connected to something larger than ourselves …

“Every experience of beauty points to [eternity]” (Hans Urs von Balthasar) … “Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite” (Francis Bacon).

You may desire to see beauty unveiled in your relationships, work and business, or the wellness of your soul and body.

We quest to create a beautiful life because it brings pleasure, meaning and satisfactionLife experience (and research) shows that key things release beauty into our lives and inspire us.

Quality family life, friendships and good conversation, living with balance, a minimalist lifestyle, investing finances in experiences with people instead of material things (even better, investing finances in helping others), appreciating nature and the arts, personal creativity, and more …

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The Impact of Each Decision We Make

donutEven one small decision has an outcome. Let me explain what I mean …

When I make a decision (and it can be as small as “should I eat this benign, scrumptious, glazed donut?”), I am selecting between two or more possible actions.

And whether I’m consciously aware of it or not at the moment of choice, my decision always has an outcome. Always.

What do I really want in life?

If I want to live long and to experience wellness, I may want to think harder about taking thousands of donuts into my body over the months and years. Each donut = a decision.

Decisions aggregate. They add up and take us to places we desire in life … or places we don’t.

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Words that Shield: St. Patrick’s Breastplate

Can belief-filled words shield us?

Saint Patrick was an apostle to pagan Ireland during the 5th century. Saint Patrick’s Breastplate may have been written in the 8th century, but the prayer certainly captures the spirit and transforming impact of Saint Patrick … overcoming spiritual darkness and oppression with the authority of the Gospel of Christ.

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Saint Patrick’s statue in Saul, County Down, Ireland. It is said that Saint Patrick founded his first church in a barn at Saul.

Try affirming this declaration with faith each morning for 7 days. Will you see a difference?

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You Can Invite the Potential of Christ into Everything

There’s something very simple — and yet very powerful and fruitful — we can do to improve anything.

We can invite the potential of Christ into any situation simply through ASKING …

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It seems the Lord God would walk in the Garden of Eden in the cool of the day from time to time (Genesis 3:8). These were most likely what scholars term Christophanies — appearances of Christ on earth before He came and lived with us.

I believe Christ walked and conversed with Adam and Even, relating to them, and mentoring them in their calling.

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Recommended Gadget: Get Smart About TV Viewing with Chromecast

“I watch TV, therefore I am.”

Television has become such an overwhelming deal in people’s lives …

The Nielsen Company says that a typical American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day. That’s equal to 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year. In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube! See more stunning statistics.

Look, life is not TV! I’m interested in something a little more, how about you? Just a personal perspective … I’m for less TV … and better TV which actually adds value to a quality lifestyle.

Chromecast

Thankfully, technology can help us use television and films in a smarter, more intentional way … entertainment, education and information, and inspiration.

The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is a pretty amazing piece of technology (affiliate link).

Plug this neat little device into an HDMI port on your HD TV, and you can access online television content through your smart phone, tablet or laptop.

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Sin is Insane

The Scream, sinImagine a son who walks away from it all, completely wasting his inheritance in a sinful lifestyle. Everything he has is taken from him — all at breathtaking speed.

Life is ebbing away …

The endgame becomes a job of feeding swine just to survive. Life becomes so bad, he craves what the swine are eating.

Insanity: of unsound mind … deranged … disturbed … utterly senseless …

Greg Simas asks the question … “When are we going to figure out that sin is insanity?”  I encourage you to read his post: Questions on Leadership and Finishing Well. See what you think about the issues he is raising.

We need to think deeply about who we are.

At the most core level, sin is unnatural to us. By core level, I mean we are designed to live in wholeness and consummate integrity.

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