May 2018

Articles and Inspiration 

 
A Taste of God's Love  

In Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise (AbingdonPress), John Killinger describes a mother’s love — and how it offers a tiny foretaste of God’s love:  It is stronger than steel, softer than down and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity. I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next.” 

Thank you, Mothers, for your love. 

Happy Mother's Day, May 13, 2018

  

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Heavenly Showers

 All God’s blessings go together, like links in a golden chain. If he gives converting grace, he will also give comforting grace. He will send “showers of blessing.” Look up today, O parched plant, and open thy leaves and flowers for a heavenly watering. 
—Charles H. Spurgeon 

 

  

Evangelism Tip

We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, not by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it. 

—Madeleine L’Engle 

  

 

Our True Power Source

The story is told ofsomeone who plugged a power strip into itself and then couldn’t understand why the system wouldn’t turn on! We get a kick out of such tales, yet how often do we try to “power” our own lives? We frequently think we need to be the source of our own strength, joy, peace, energy and wisdom. 

Jesus doesn’t teach us to find life within ourselves — or in any human being or earthly circumstance, object or philosophy. Rather, calling himself the good shepherd, Jesus says, “I have come that [my sheep] may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). 

We don’t access that abundant life by “plugging into” ourselves. Instead, Jesus invites us to plug into his power — and joy, peace, hope, truth — through prayer and Scripture, worship and service, fellowship with other Christians and the beauty of God’s world.

 

 
Inspirational Quotes 

  

“He departed from oursight that we might return to our heart, and there find him. For he departed, and behold, he is here.” 

—St. Augustine 

 
“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” 
—Julia Alvarez 

 
“Adopt the pace of nature: Her secret isatience.” 
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Your children will become what you are, so be what you want them to be.” 
—David Bly 

 
“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?” 
—Milton Berle

 

© Calvary Baptist Church, Lancaster SC   2018

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me." 

Matthew 16:24

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