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Sincerely, Greg and Eric for This Day’s Thought from The Ranch
When we allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, He will concern Himself with how we use our time and spend our money; with honesty and moral integrity and Christlike quality of character; with what is happening to our children; with the health of our relationship with other people and with our God. If our need is severe enough, the Holy Spirit will turn our lives upside down.
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”
Luke 17:5-6 The English Standard Version
How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak!
Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, but afterward his mouth will be full of gravel.
Proverbs 20:17 The Revised Standard Version
Only God knows how many Handel’s Messiahs could have been written, but were not.
-Charles E. Blair
It matters not how much Bible reading and prayer and catechism saying and godly teaching there may be in a home, if gentleness is lacking; that is lacking which most of all the young need in the life of a home. A child must have love. Love is to its life what sunshine is to plants and flowers. No young life can ever grow to its best in a home without gentleness. The lack is one which leaves an irreparable hurt in the lives of children.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool. If you will only obey me, you will have plenty to eat. But if you turn away and refuse to listen, you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!”
Isaiah 1:18-20 The New Living Translation
The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:29-31 The King James Version
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I’d rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
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