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We are all God's creation, but we are not all His children

Posted by bro cr0cus on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, In : burblyybox 
 #Jhn1.12


Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (NIV)
But those who did welcome him, those who believed in his name, he authorized to become God’s children (CEB)


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Just because it's legal, doesn't mean it's right

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, June 29, 2015, In : burblyybox 
 #Rom12.2


 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. (NLT)

Do not change yourselves to be...

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A.S.K. Seek Knock

Posted by bro cr0cus on Saturday, June 27, 2015, In : burblyybox 
 #Mtt7.7 and it will be done so.


 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Mat 7:7-8 NIV)

 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 
(Luke 11:9-10 NIV)...

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Unbreakable Unoppressable

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, June 22, 2015, In : burblyybox 
 #Jms4.7

 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (NIV)

 Depression and lack of joy are forms of demonic oppression. I actively, consciously, and intentionally resist the devil by worshiping the God of Victory and remaining in His Presence full of joy.

 I am a joyful overcomer! I choose not to be oppressed. I will not break, I will not crack under pressure.


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Not by Math Nor by Science Power

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, June 15, 2015, In : burblyybox 
 #Zch4.6

 but by God's Spirit - praise the Lord!

 Then he replied, “This is the word the LORD spoke to Zerubbabel: You won’t succeed by might or by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Armies. (Zechariah 4:6 GW)

 So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty. (NIV)

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LAMP: Leadership And Management Principles

Posted by bro cr0cus on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, In : burblyybox 
#Psa119.105


 By your words I can see where I’m going;
    they throw a beam of light on my dark path. (MSG)

 Your word is a lamp for my steps;
    it lights the path before me. (Voice)

 Your word is like a lamp for my feet
    and a light for my path [it shows how life should be lived]. (EXB)

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Sowers Anonymous

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, June 8, 2015, In : burblyybox 


#Mtt6.3-4

 But when you give to someone, don't tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. Give your gifts in secret, and your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you. (NLT)

 So when you give to the poor, don't let anyone know what you are doing. Your giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you. (NCV)
  
 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in ...

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Don't Give The Devil A Foothold

Posted by bro cr0cus on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, In : burblyybox 


...a chance,
an opportunity,
a place,
a TOPOS to work in your life.
 #Eph4:27

 Being depressed is one of them. It's a form of demonic oppression, and I don't want anything to do with the devil.

 I choose joy!

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I can be 10x better!

Posted by bro cr0cus on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : burblyybox 


Daniel 1:20

"When the king inquired further into their grasp of wisdom and understanding, he discovered that they were better prepared than all the magicians and enchanters in his empire, even 10 times better."
(Voice)

By the grace of God, I can perform better than my peers. By the strength of God within me, I can produce better results than my colleagues.

And each time my boss would ask me, I'll be able to answer with excellence. He'll find me better.

"Whenever the king consulted them in any mat...

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I serve God's purpose in my generation

Posted by bro cr0cus on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, In : burblyybox 


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God Knows What People Are Like

Posted by bro cr0cus on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : burblyybox 
Better than Behavioral Science.
(John 2:24-25)


But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person. (NIV)

But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like. (NLT)

Jesus, however, was wary of these believers. He understood people and didn't need anyone to tell him about human nature. He knew what people were really like.
(G...

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Unschooled + Been with Jesus = Miracles

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, December 16, 2013, In : burblyybox 




(Acts 4:13) When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV)

Background: A 40 year old man who was crippled all his life was able to walk by God's grace through Peter and John. The spiritual leaders of their time were amazed because the 2 didn't come from their school.


In those days, only a few of the people were able to go to school. Although the apostles di...

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Family Calling

Posted by bro cr0cus on Friday, November 29, 2013, In : burblyybox 
The Husband and Wife Tag team

As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord. (Joshua 24:15)



My wife holds a measure and standard of practicality and wisdom in my obedience to God's call. She is not the final voice of God, but she, in her integrity and righteousness, is a vital part in the confirmation process.

My wife is like Zipporah, the spouse who saved Moses from being killed as he went down the mountain on his way to follow the Lord, because Moses failed to follow through the details ...

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The Ministry

Posted by bro cr0cus on Monday, November 4, 2013, In : burblyybox 


Is Received, Not Assumed.

Hebrews 8:6

But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is founded on better promises.

Even our Lord Jesus received it from the Father.

The Ministry is given, not taken.
I will wait for my turn.

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Headstone

Posted by bro cr0cus on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : burblyybox 



Isaiah 57:1-2

The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. (NIV)
 
Image courtesy of jjchandler.com/tombstone/
 

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One Life One Death

Posted by bro cr0cus on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : burblyybox 

I only live once, and die once. 
And then, my life is evaluated.

Hebrews 9:27

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment (NIV)

Contrary to traditional religious beliefs, we don't reincarnate.

We only live once, and die once.

And there will be a day of reckoning.

All that will happen in the afterlife is decided while we are still alive. We immediately face the consequences of our earthly decisions when we die.

If one is living for Go...

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Encouragement In Death

Posted by bro cr0cus on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : burblyybox 


I do not grieve like those who have no hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
 
I believe that:
1) Jesus died and rose again
2) God will bring with Jesus those who have died in Him
3) Jesus will come back
4) the dead in Christ will rise first
5) then those living for the Lord will experience Rapture
 
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died ...

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Death and Destruction

Posted by bro cr0cus on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : burblyybox 

are never satisfied, and neither are human eyes. 
(Proverbs 27:20 NIV)

People will never stop dying and being destroyed, and they will never stop wanting more than they have. (NCV)



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In Death and Beyond

Posted by bro cr0cus on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : burblyybox 

My God is forever and ever. He leads me beyond death.

Psalm 48:14

This God is our God forever and ever. He will lead us beyond death. (GWT)

For that is what God is like. He is our God forever and ever, and he will guide us until we die.
 (NLT)

Then you can tell the next generation
    detail by detail the story of God,
Our God forever,
    who guides us till the end of time.
(v.13-14 MSG) 



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I Am Different, and so are My Gifts

Posted by burblyy on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, In : burblyybox 

Job 39:13-19

The ostrich flaps her wings futilely— all those beautiful feathers, but useless! She lays her eggs on the hard ground, leaves them there in the dirt, exposed to the weather, Not caring that they might get stepped on and cracked or trampled by some wild animal. She’s negligent with her young, as if they weren’t even hers. She cares nothing about anything. She wasn’t created very smart, that’s for sure, wasn’t given her share of good sense. But when she runs, oh, ...

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God is Working in Me

Posted by burblyy on Friday, October 4, 2013, In : burblyybox 


for me to desire and perform His will, 
which is my destiny, for His glory.



Philippians 2:13

For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. (HCSB)

It is God who produces in you the desires and actions that please him. (GW)

God is working in you to make you willing and able to obey him. (CEV)

for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (NIV)

because God is working in you t...

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The Goal of Bible Reading

Posted by cr0cus . on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, In : burblyybox 



I diligently read the Bible 
to know how to come to Jesus.

John 5:39-40

You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life. (NIV)



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Only Then

Posted by cr0cus . on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : burblyybox 



I will not let the Word of God depart from my mouth, but I will meditate on it day and night, so that I will be careful to do everything written in it. And then, only then, can I truly be successful and prosperous.

Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (NIV)

Never stop reciting these teachings. You must think about them night and...

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Guided, Advised, and Watched Over

Posted by cr0cus . on Sunday, September 29, 2013, In : burblyybox 



I will let the Lord guide me along the best pathway for my life. I will heed His advice, and feel safe, knowing that God is watching over me with a loving eye.

(Psalm 32:8)

The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. (NLT)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (NIV)



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My Theme Songs

Posted by cr0cus . on Thursday, August 29, 2013, In : burblyybox 

#Psa119.54


God's Principles are the Theme of my songs.
 Psalms 119:54

Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. 
[NIV]


Your principles have been the music of my life throughout the years of my pilgrimage. 
[NLT]


I set your instructions to music and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way
[MSG]



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Being Part of the Body Means...

Posted by cr0cus . on Monday, August 19, 2013, In : burblyybox 
#1Co14.12

I am needed, and I need to stay attached - no matter what happens.

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 
(1 Corinthians 12:14)

Image from "Each Part Is Important." -Olive Tree blog


I belong, and I have some tasks to do.

My tasks are specific. Just as the parts of the body have a special purpose, so do I.

These tasks are only accomplished when I remain a part of the Body.


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If Only: A Prayer of Isaiah for Deity-deniers and God-haters

Posted by cr0cus . on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, In : burblyybox 
#Isa64


If only You would rip open the heavens
    and come down to earth—
Its heights and depths would quake the moment You appear,
Like kindling when it just begins to catch fire, or like water that’s about to boil.
    If only You would come like that so that all who deny or hate You
Would know who You are and be terrified of Your grandeur.
(Isaiah 64:1-2, Voice)

I wish it were that easy, but my Lord takes His time. He is King, and He is not hurried. A day of reckoning will come, ...
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Planning and Brainstorming

Posted by cr0cus . on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : burblyybox 
#Prv21.30-31


  The best of minds can only go so far,
but only God has the power to make things happen.

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against God.
The horse is prepared for the day of battle;
but victory is with the Lord.

(Proverbs 21:30-31)


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Keen Devotions

Posted by cr0cus . on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : burblyybox 
#Col2.8


Vs a passive belief system.
Read the Bible like never before - every day!
Know the truth firsthand.

Beware lest anyone take you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world and not according to Christ
(Colosians 2:8 LEB)


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Christ-Day

Posted by cr0cus . on Monday, December 24, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Jhn18.37


 
“Yes, it is true I am a king,” answered Jesus. “I was born for this, I have come into the world for this — to bear testimony to the truth. Everyone who is on the side of truth listens to my voice.”
(John 18:37 OEB) 

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Habits

Posted by cr0cus . on Friday, November 9, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Psa1.3-4


Whatever you feed, grows. Whatever you starve, dies.

They are like trees planted by runlets of water, yielding fruit in due season, leaves never fading. In all that they do, they prosper. Not so fare the wicked, not so; like chaff are they, blown by the wind.
(Psalms 1:3-4 OEB)


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The Ministry

Posted by cr0cus . on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#2Tm4.2


Excuse me for barging in - it's my calling.

I command you to preach God’s message. Do it willingly, even if it isn’t the popular thing to do. You must correct people and point out their sins. But also cheer them up, and when you instruct them, always be patient.
(2 Timothy 4:2 CEV)


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Mastery

Posted by cr0cus . on Thursday, November 8, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Gen4.7


I pursue training in righteousness.

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.
(Genesis 4:7 NLT)


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Habits

Posted by cr0cus . on Friday, November 2, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Hbr6.7-8


What you feed, grows. What you starve, dies.

Ground that drinks in the showers that from time to time fall on it, and produces vegetation useful to those for whom it is tilled, receives a blessing from God; but, if it ‘bears thorns and thistles,’ it is regarded as worthless, it is in danger of being ‘cursed,’ and its end will be the fire.
(Hebrews 6:7-8
OEB)


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Obedience and Submission

Posted by cr0cus . on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Psa32.9 Willingness


I don't go ahead of God, and neither do I have to be dragged. I walk with Him.
I don't have to be in pain just to obey and follow.

So don't be like a horse or donkey,
       that doesn't understand.
    They must be led with bits and reins,
       or they will not come near you.
(Psalm 32:9 
NCV)


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Faith and Understanding

Posted by cr0cus . on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Isa8.19-20 Living Connection


I pray only to the Living God. I do not consult the dead on behalf of the living.

When they tell you,“Consult with those who have familiar spirits and with the wizards, who chirp and who mutter:” shouldn’t a people consult with their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? Turn to the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, surely there is no morning for them. (NHEB)



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Aspiration and Promotion

Posted by cr0cus . on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Psa3.3 Confidence 


No Shame, No Fear. 
My Lord does NOT bow my head.

But you, O LORD, are a shield that surrounds me. You are my glory. You hold my head high.
[Psalm 3:3
GWT]


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Wisdom and Knowledge

Posted by cr0cus . on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Isa28.23-29 Applied Wisdom


The Lord is my Teacher and Guide.
I will know exactly what to do.

Listen to me;
    listen, and pay close attention.
Does a farmer always plow and never sow?
    Is he forever cultivating the soil and never planting?
Does he not finally plant his seeds—
    black cumin, cumin, wheat, barley, and emmer wheat—
each in its proper way,
    and each in its proper place?
The farmer knows just what to do,
    for God has given him understanding.
A heavy sledge is never used to thr...

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Obedience and Submission

Posted by cr0cus ... on Monday, August 20, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Dan4.26 Heaven Rules


All will acknowledge this, one way or another.

The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.
(Daniel 4:26 NIV)



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Patience and Development

Posted by cr0cus ... on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Isa49.2 The Wait


I let God sharpen me and then hide me for a while. I embrace character building together with skills development. Being shortlisted, in waiting, means I've been pre-qualified to serve.

He made my tongue like a sharp sword. He hid me in the shadow of his hand. He made me like a sharp arrow. He hid me in the holder for his arrows.
(Isaiah 49:2 NCV)


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Opportunity and Success

Posted by cr0cus ... on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Ecc9.11


I have a chance in life. By the grace of God, I stand a chance.

I have observed something else in this world of ours. The fastest runner doesn't always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn't always win the battle. The wise are often poor, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don't always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being at the right place at the right time.
(Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT)



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Wisdom and Love

Posted by cr0cus ... on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Psa107.43


I am wise enough to think about God's love.

Those who are wise will take all this to heart; they will see in our history the faithful love of the LORD.
(Psalms 107:43 NLT)

Whoever is wise will remember these things and will think about the love of the LORD.
(NCV)

Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the LORD.
(NIV)



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Wisdom and Living

Posted by cr0cus ... on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, In : burblyybox 
#Prv8.36


Wisdom: All those who hate me love death.

For whoever finds me finds life and wins approval from the LORD. But those who miss me have injured themselves. All who hate me love death."
(Proverbs 8:35-36
NLT)


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