Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Pastor Needs to See the Flock as Saints not Sinners — A Quote by Steve and Wendy Backlund in “Igniting Faith in 40 Days”

“Christian leaders also need to see their flocks as saints. If we believe we are leading sinners, then control and fear will dominate our leadership. If the people are seen as saints, then empowerment and positive expectation will reign.”

— Steve and Wendy Backlund, “Igniting Faith in 40 Days”, Kindle location 525

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Faith for Miracles is a Gift, not a Muscle — A Quote by Matt Sorger in “Power for Life”

“If we don’t fully understand where faith comes from, it can be easy to fall back into a self-striving mode. Faith is not something you can work up by your own efforts. I have seen people begin to strive to have faith. I have seen them try to manufacture it by their own ability. It doesn’t work that way. The moment you begin to strive in your own ability is the moment you step out of His grace and into self… You cannot manufacture God’s supernatural faith by your own efforts, but there are things you can do to position yourself to receive His faith… Reading and thinking upon the Word gave God something to work with.”

— Matt Sorger, “Power for Life”, Kindle location 1021-1027

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Jesus’ New Way: Receive Holiness, Not Earn It — My Verses for Sat, Dec 27 (Heb 10:8-10)

“First he said, ‘Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them’ (although the law required them to be made). Then he said, ‘Here I am, I have come to do your will.’ He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Hebrews 10:8-10 (NIV)

God Made Us Needy so that We May Rely on Him — A Quote by Sadhu Sundar Singh in “At the Master’s Feet”

“I have infused into man’s nature hunger and thirst, that he may not in sheer heedlessness regard himself as God, but that day by day he may be reminded of his needs and that his life is bound up with the life and existence of Someone who created him. Thus being made aware of his defects and necessities, he may abide in Me and I in him, and then he will ever find in Me his happiness and joy.”

— Sadhu Sundar Singh, “At the Master’s Feet”, Kindle location 475

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I Order My Life to Give to God First — A Quote by Steve and Wendy Backlund in “Igniting Faith in 40 Days”

“I give God the first portion of my life and He takes care of all my needs. I am a person of conviction. I have dominion over my life and my time. I burn with a personal vision that leads me to sacrifice for God and His presence.”

— Steve and Wendy Backlund, “Igniting Faith in 40 Days”, Kindle location 387

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Praying Blessings Opens Doors for Spiritual Conversations — A Quote by Carl Medearis in “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”

“Prayer is a key factor in relating to our Muslim friends in a spiritual fashion. Unfortunately, Muslims often think that Christians don’t believe in prayer because they don’t see us praying formally the way they do. It’s the same with fasting. Because we don’t fast with them during the month of Ramadan, they assume we don’t fast at all. While we don’t want to make a public display out of our faith by praying or fasting just to be seen (Jesus tells us not to do this), we can let our Muslim friends know that we do pray by praying with and for them — out loud, while together… Prayer is powerful. I try to pray with people that I meet whenever I can. Muslims are particularly open to this. Try it! ”

— Carl Medearis, “Muslims, Christians, and Jesus”, Kindle location 762

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