If pride is what goes before a fall, the shame is what keeps you from getting up after one.

The parched soil of fear needs steady rain.

Answer this: A thousand years from now, will it matter what title the world gave you? No, but it will make a literal hell of a difference whose child you are.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God (Phil. 4:6).

A stronghold is a false premise that denies God's promise. It sets itself up against the knowledge of God (v. 5 NIV). It seeks to eclipse our discovery of God. It attempts to magnify the problem and minimize God's ability to solve it. Does.

Imagine that . . . unworthy of the touch of a man, yet worthy of the touch of God.

Remarkable. He forgave their sin before they even committed it. He offered mercy before they even sought it.

Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life (Prov. 4:23 NCV). Do you want to be happy tomorrow? Then.

Everything you say and everything you do should all be done for Jesus your Lord.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid. —JOHN 14: 27 NLT.

God is too gracious to ask you to do something you hate.

The only mistake is not to risk making one.

How would that look on a résumé? Joseph Son of Jacob Graduate with honors from the University of Hard Knocks Director of Global Effort to Save Humanity Succeeded.

Heavenly Father, loosen my grip on the things of this world. Lead me in the dance of spontaneous, cheerful giving, and let that generosity remind me always of your grace toward me, which I in no way deserve. In your Son's name I pray, amen.

I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may . . . grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. [ Ephesians 3:17–18 NIV.

Life pulls us down.

The more radical the change, the greater the joy. And it's worth every effort, for this is the joy of God.

Be fiercely loyal to one spouse. Fiercely loyal. Don't even look twice at someone else. No flirting. No teasing. No loitering at her desk or lingering in his office.

If the Bible is called the Good Book, it's not because its people are. Blood flows as freely through the stories as the ink through the quills that penned them.

It's not about winning or losing, but love and respect.

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.

God never said that the journey will be easy, but he did said that the arrival will be worthwhile.

Bloodstains, tearstains are everywhere. Joseph's heart was rubbed raw against the rocks of disloyalty and miscarried justice. Yet time and time again God redeemed the pain. The torn robe became a royal one. The pit became a palace. The broken family grew old together. The very acts intended to destroy God's servant turned out to strengthen him.

The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God's plan and passion to save his children. That is the reason this book has endured through the centuries. It is the treasure map that leads us to God's highest treasure: eternal life.

This is why he refused to close his fist. He saw the list! What kept him from resisting? This warrant, this tabulation of your failures. He knew the price of those sins was death. He knew the source of those sins was you, and since he couldn't bear the thought of eternity without you, he chose the nails.

Because of Calvary, I'm free to choose. And so I choose. I choose love . . . No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.

God is fond of you. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. If He had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Face it, friend, He's crazy about you.

Every quarter of a century an angel has touched one candle. Every prayer that was offered over the candle was answered. The Christmas Candle has become legendary.

To others, Jesus was a miracle worker. To others, Jesus was a master teacher. To others, Jesus was the hope of Israel. But to John, he was all of these and more. To John, Jesus was a friend. You don't abandon a friend—not even when that friend is dead. John stayed close to Jesus.

A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks that he gets as much as he deserves.1 The grateful heart, on the other hand, sees each day as a gift.

The snake pulled back the curtain to the throne room and invited Eve to take a seat. Put on the crown. Pick up the scepter. Put on the cape. See how it feels to have power. See how feels to have a name. See how it feels to be in control! Eve swallowed the hook. The temptation to be like God eclipsed her view of God.

Maybe your family is more drama than delight, more crazy than kind? I can't say that your family will ever understand or bless you, but I know God will. Let God give you what your family doesn't. If your earthly family doesn't support you, then let your heavenly one take its place.

God dispenses his goodness not with an eyedropper but a fire hydrant. Your heart is a Dixie cup, and his grace is the Mediterranean Sea. You simply can't contain it all. So let it bubble over. Spill out. Pour forth. And enjoy the flood.

On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you. And the Angles Were Silent.

As far back as the son of Adam, worshipers knew without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness (Heb. 9:22 NIV). How Abel.

You cannot be anything you want to be. But you can be everything God wants you to be.

Like Joseph, you've been dumped into the pit. And, like Joseph, you choose to heed the call of God on your life. It's not easy. You're tempted to get even. But you choose instead to ponder your destiny.

To wait, biblically speaking, is not to assume the worst, worry, make demands, or take control. Nor is waiting doing nothing. It is a sustained effort to stay focused on God through prayer and belief. To wait is to rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7).

A father is the one in your life who provides and protects. That is exactly what God has done. —He Still Moves Stones.

Beneath the hard, painful surface of her recollection were layers of healing truth. God had never left her side, not even for a moment.

God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. What did Jesus know that enabled Him to do what He did? Here's part of the answer: He knew the value of people. He knew that each human being is a treasure. And because He did, people were not a source of stress, but a source of joy.

She couldn't alter the past but this was her chance to change the future.

For years I thought my assignment or the Church's assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don't support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus.

In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the LORD.

God owns everything and gives us all things to enjoy. He is a good shepherd to us, his little flock. Trust him, not stuff. Move from the fear of scarcity to the comfort of provision. Less hoarding, more sharing. Do good . . . be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share.

Down to Egypt. Just a few hours ago Joseph's life was looking up.

Before presenting the grace of God,we must understand the wrath of God.

I guess grace doesnt have to be logical. If it did it wouldnt be grace.

Out of the lions' den for Daniel, the prison for Peter, the whale's belly for Jonah, Goliath's shadow for David the storm for the disciples, disease for the lepers, doubt for Thomas, the grave for Lazarus, and the shackles for Paul. God gets us through stuff.