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four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours. - a Quote: (Ellen and Genie were best friends when they were kids, but grew apart over the years. Until this reconnection in their early twenties, as written by Genie.) “For the next hour I stormed the conversation with highly exaggerated accounts of my great successes… She [Ellen] listened quietly and at one point when my…
four minutes with God: in the dark, surrounded by trees. - a Quote: “A friend of mine is a singer. From time to time she goes to record vocal tracks at a studio here in town. One evening she went and she was in a different room than she had ever been in before. In a studio, there is always some form of sound absorbing material,…
four minutes with God: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14 - a Quote: “…what I testify to is the power of visual art, and especially music…They have the potential to awaken the mind and heart to aspects of God’s glory that were not perceived before. Paintings or photographs of mountains and streams can call forth a sense of wonder and peace. If we are willing to…
four minutes with God: Hebrews 4:15-16 - a Quote: “…how did the early Christians pray for joy? First, we may assume that they prayed the prayers of the only Bible that they had, namely, the Old Testament. Thus they would have prayed: “Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days” (Ps.…
four minutes with God: Joshua 24:15 - a Quote: “Your choice must be a deliberate determination—it is not something into which you will automatically drift. And everything else in your life will be held in temporary suspension until you make a decision. The proposal is between you and God—do not “confer with flesh and blood” about it (Galatians 1:16). With every new…
four minutes with God: Luke 1:37 - the Word: “God can do anything.” Luke 1:37 (NIV) my Prayer: Lord, I pray for revival, filled with doubt that You will stir it. Not because You can’t, but because You won’t. I believe You can do anything. But I also know You don’t force yourself on anyone. And the people I’m praying for are…
four minutes with God: Luke 24:27, 30-32 - the Word: “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself…When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he…
four minutes with God: Exodus 33:15-16 - the Word: Then Moses said to Him “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on…
four minutes with God: Ephesians 4:29-32 - the Word: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of…
four minutes with God: Philippians 4:8 - a Quote: “An intellectual is one who loves ideas, is dedicated to clarifying them, developing them, criticizing them, turning them over and over, seeing their implications, stacking them atop one another, arranging them, sitting silent while new ideas pop up and old ones seem to rearrange themselves, playing with them, punning with their terminology, laughing…
four minutes with God: 1st Thessalonians 5:17 - a Quote: “O my God, since Thou art with me, and I must now, in obedience to Thy commands, apply my mind to these outward things, I beseech Thee to grant me the grace to continue in Thy presence; and to this end do Thou prosper me with thy assistance, receive all my works and…
four minutes with God: 1 Kings 19:10-15 - a Quote: “Sometimes we experience a terrible dryness in our spiritual lives. We feel no desire to pray, don’t experience God’s presence, get bored with worship services, and even think that everything we ever believed about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is little more than a childhood fairy tale. Then it is important to…
four minutes with God: Deuteronomy 16:17 - a Quote: “…understanding ownership was half of my lesson. If God was the owner, I was the manager. I needed to adopt a steward’s mentality toward the assets He had entrusted – not given – to me. A steward manages assets for the owner’s benefit. The steward carries no sense of entitlement to the assets…
four minutes with God: Proverbs 27:17 - a Quote: “We all need someone in our lives at times to coach us to greater and greater levels of excellence in our chosen areas of pursuit.” “Come to the edge, He said. They said, We are afraid. Come to the edge, He said. They came. He pushed them . . . and they flew.”…
best. recording. session. EVAH! - I had a recording session tonight to record my interpretation of Jesus Messiah. I sang it twice through and stopped to ask a question: “How much reverb’s in the headphones? I need to turn it down a little because I really need to hear the truth so I can tell what I need to work…
four minutes with God: 2nd Corinthians 3:4-5 - a Quote: “God can be our source of confidence because our adequacy is from Him.” (from Thriving as an Artist in the Church by Rory Noland) “As I go into the concert I have a pretty good feel for my ability – that is, I know the truth of who I am in the whole…
four minutes with God: 1 Samuel 14:8-10 - a Quote: “Is it possible you have been fleecing your divine moments rather than seizing them? That you’ve said to God, “I’m not doing anything, risking anything, or going anywhere until You give me a sign? Have you chosen to live in safety, comfort and convenience, justifying this lifestyle because God hasn’t called you to…
four minutes with God: Romans 8:37-39 - a Quote: “. . . somehow he [Paul] had the faith to believe that these “things” – surely not good in themselves – could nevertheless be used by God to accomplish good. Confidence like that can go a long way towards solving discouragement over a ministry that never quite works out in the way we…
four minutes with God: Psalm 103:7-12 - a Quote: “Over the years Moses has learned something so sweet and strange and mysterious that only one word can begin to capture it: grace, God’s free, undeserved gift. He has learned that God loves him despite his failures, with a pure, stubborn, everlasting love. After more than a century of life, Moses has given…
four minutes with God: Proverbs 25:11 - a Quote: “You are a guardian of the human spirit. You have the power to manipulate and coerce if you want to. You can avoid and ignore if you choose. But can also ennoble and inspire. You can lift up and appeal to all that is good and honorable and holy. You can remind fallible…
four minutes with God: 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 - a Quote: “. . . joining the church is supposed to make us automatically god-centered and not self-centered people. Consequently, our modern church is filled with many people who look pure, sound pure, and are inwardly sick of themselves, their weaknesses, their frustration, and the lack of reality around them in church. Our non-Christian friends…
four minutes with God: Proverbs 2:2-3,8-9 - a Quote: “And just like Abraham, we may not know where we are going or what the journey may bring, but we do know that God is with us. He is permitting our self-determining actions, guiding the events and circumstances around us in order to woo us in choosing His ways. God is also active…
four minutes with God: Psalm 63:1-4 - a Quote: “Christian Hedonism is aware that self-consciousness kills joy and therefore kills worship. As soon as you turn your eyes in on yourself and become conscious of experiencing joy, it is gone . . . the secret of joy is self-forgetfulness. Yes, we go to the art museum for the joy of seeing the…
four minutes with God: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - a Quote: “My Life is but a weaving between my Lord and me; I cannot choose the colours, He worketh steadily. Ofttimes He weaveth sorrow and I in foolish pride, Forget that He seeth the upper, and I the underside. Not till the loom is silent and the shuttles cease to fly, shall God unroll…
four minutes with God: Psalm 86:1-12 - a Quote: “I can’t tell you how much energy and determination and prayer it takes for me to keep making the deliberate choice to appropriate faith and trust in the power of God . . . How do I do it? I fill my mind with the truth of the identity of God. I keep…
four minutes with God: Matthew 25:21 - a Quote: “The basic issue for the Christian, it seems to me, is whether we believe we are stewards or owners of what we possess. A good steward receives gratefully anything his Lord gives to him. But he must account for it and use it wisely . . . If material blessings come to us,…
four minutes with God: James 1:19 - a Quote: “It is ironic that we try to impress people by saying clever or funny things, yet nothing binds one human being to another more than the sense that they have been deeply, carefully listened to. It is no accident that we speak of paying attention to people; attention is the most valuable currency…
four minutes with God: Jude 1:20-21 - a Quote: “. . . daily prayer and religious readings and churchgoing are necessary parts of the Christian life. We have to be continually reminded of what we believe. Neither this belief nor any other will automatically remain alive in the mind. It must be fed. And as a matter of fact, if you examined…
four minutes with God: 1 Corinthians 1:10 - a Quote: “Instead, make it your goal to love those who disagree with you. Go for the love, not the win.” “We don’t always have to agree to get along. Our verse today says, “Let there be real harmony.” In an orchestra, there’s a big difference between unison and harmony. If all the musicians played…
four minutes with God: Proverbs 31:15 - a Quote: “People who think big picture recognize that there are a thousand different efforts to which thy might make a contribution. But they also know that there are only a few of those efforts in which they can make a maximized contribution on the basis of their giftedness.” “One can drive a car from…
four minutes with God: 1 Corinthians 14:22 - a Quote: We want to know what extraordinary deed we can perform for God sometime in the future – the ephemeral “will of God” that we seek to discover. But it is not the big things we want to do with such bravura but the little things we do every day that constitute His true…
four minutes with God: Ephesians 3:17-19 - a Quote: “One of the most important life-changing prayers we can pray for other people is that they will really know God’s love in a powerful, personal way. Paul did not pray that people would love God; he prayed that people would know and have Revelation of God’s awesome love.” “When someone tells you about…
four minutes with God: Philippians 2:15 - a Quote: “Moral authority is the credibility you earn by walking your talk. It is the relationship other people see between what you say and what you do, between what you claim to be and what you are . . . There is an alignment between conviction and action, belief and behavior . . .…
four minutes with God: 1 Peter 4:10-11 - a Quote: “Where is God leading today? What are the priorities that need to be addressed? Who needs my attention? What do I have to learn? Where might be the landmines in the day’s journey? What needs to change? In asking these questions, I hope to tune my soul to the voice of God so…
four minutes with God: Ephesians 4:12 - a Quote: “What if power comes from empowering others rather than dominating them?” The Friends We Keep: A Woman’s Quest for the Soul of Friendship by Sarah Zacharias Davis my Prayer: Lord, please bless me with the motivation and wisdom to recognize opportunities to encourage those I interact with today. In those opportunities, help me…
four minutes with God: Colossians 3:12 - a Quote: “Jesus understood that the deadliest sins – resentment, arrogance, judgmentalism, lovelessness – are ones we can commit without lifting a finger.” Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them by John Ortberg my Prayer: Lord, please bless me with patience and kindness today. Please bless me with empathy and compassion for others. Please…