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    From John Berridge (1716-1793)

    To run and work the Law commands,

    Yet gives me neither feet nor hands;
    A sweeter thing the Gospel brings–
    It bids me fly and gives me wings!


    (Not this kind)

    Steve Harvey – All that’s missing is the Cross

    This is the closing bit of one of Steve Harvey’s stand-up comedy routines a couple of years back. It’s undeniably powerful, but I can’t shake the feeling that it’s glory-riddled. I’m dying to know what the Mockingbird crowd has to say about it…

    The Very Opposite of What Mockingbird Stands For…

    is summed up in this quote by John Maxwell, evangelical leadership and church growth guru:

    “When churches run out of new ideas or new programs, they stop growing.”
     
    (If that quote piques your interest, be sure to check out some of Maxwell’s books:
    Be All You Can Be
    The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
    Becoming a Person of Influence
    Dare to Dream… Then Do It
    Go for Gold
    Make Today Count
     
    and of course… The Maxwell Leadership Bible: Developing Leaders for the Word of God)
    What to Look for and Expect in the Gospels, According to Martin Luther

    What to Look for and Expect in the Gospels, According to Martin Luther

    An excerpt from this short but powerful treatise from 1521:

    “Be sure, moreover, that you do not make Christ into a Moses, as if Christ did nothing more than teach and provide examples as the other saints do, as if the gospel were simply a textbook of teachings or laws. Therefore you should grasp Christ, his words, works, and sufferings, in a twofold manner. First as an example that is presented to you, which you should follow and imitate. As St. Peter says in I Peter 4 [2:21], ‘Christ suffered for us, thereby leaving us an example.’ Thus when you see…

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