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Various Thoughts

Greetings All,
      I suppose I should change this week's mailing from 'thought for the week' to 'thoughts for the week'.  Sometimes its nice to read one continuous thought. Other times its nice to read many and dwell on one or two that seem to speak to where we are at more directly. I hope one or more of these non-connected thoughts may be helpful to you!  Enjoy.
    "The Gospels do not explain the resurrection; the resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith."       
J. S. Whale 
    "There are as many paths to Christ as there are feet to tread them, but there is only one way to God."     
A. Lindsay Glegg 
    "Whenever we take what God has done or made and put it in the place of himself, we become idolaters."  
Oswald Sanders
    "A man's 'god' is that for which he lives, for which he is prepared to give his time, his energy, his money, that which stimulates him and rouses him, excites and enthuses him."    
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
    "The first mark of the gift of faith is the love of truth." 
  F. Andrews
    "Faith is a gift which can be given or withdrawn; it is infused into us, not produced by us."  
Robert Benson
    "Fear imprisons, faith liberates.  Fear paralyzes, faith empowers.  Fear disheartens, faith encourages.  Fear sickens, faith heals.  Fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable -- and, most of all, fear puts hopelessness at the heart of life, while faith rejoices in its God."   
          H. E. Fosdick
"I do not want merely to possess faith; I want a faith that possesses me."   
Charles Kingley
"Faith is reason at rest in God."   
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it; better to have lost some battles than to have retreated from the war; better to have failed when serving God than to have succeeded when serving the devil.  What a tragedy to climb the ladder of success, only to discover that the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall."   
Erwin W. Lutzer
"God does not call us to be successful, He calls us to be faithful... a faithful life is a successful life... 'It is required that those who who have been given a trust must prove faithful'  (I Cor. 4:2)...  Faithfulness, my wife and I have learned, is possible for all believers, regardless of the size of a person's ministry."       
R. Kent Hughes
"One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the highest peaks."  
G. K. Chesterton
Hope one of them spoke to where you are at!  In Him, Pastor Jeff