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Hypocrisy versus authenticity among men is not always so black and white, and as is righteousness, humility is often self-proclaimed. The Church is most definitely supposed to be a hospital for the spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically sick, hurting, and broken individual, yet ironically, many of its critics are those who ran away and permanently denounced its members after they visited and felt that they were sneezed on.


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When your only regret is if anyone thinks you regret anything - that is the definition of conviction...
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The barrier during self-improvement is not so much that we hate learning, rather we hate being taugh...
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The actual confident man, the man truly sure of himself, is not he who esteems himself higher than o...
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Lingering, bottled-up anger never reveals the 'true colors' of an individual. It, on the contrary, b...
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It turns out that the men who ultimately, who unpretentiously value peace are willing to sacrifice t...
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After awhile you realize that putting your actions where your mouth is makes you less likely to have...
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I think that I am too warm to negatively judge individuals, yet I am cold enough to negatively judge...
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In the land where excellence is commended, not envied, where weakness is aided, not mocked, there is...
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The best ideas will eat at you for days, maybe even weeks, until something, some incident, some impu...
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Some things are so silly they have a certain brilliance to them. Other things, set as standards for ...
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When a man has a gift in speaking the truth, brute aggression is no longer his security blanket for ...
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We must not allow our pride to be the motivation behind our apologetics; rather, philoverity, the lo...
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Everybody knows basically what is right and what is wrong. Everybody knows better than to hate other...
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No man voluntarily expresses his opinion without some intent to make a difference, and even if he do...
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People think that fun in Christ is non-existent, but there is fun wherever your heart lives.
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It is a healthy approach not to expect persons to turn out precisely how you would have wished.
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As for the majority, it is not so much race as it is political affiliation that really divides it to...
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Initially, the God of the Old Testament might seem overwhelming and domineering to you, or tyrannica...
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Every new generation believes its own period to be absolutely superior intellectually - greater than...
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Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so...
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When everyone believes they are the life coaches, who are the players?
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The common man prays, 'I want a cookie right now!' And God responds, 'If you'd listen to what I say,...
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The man who sins but wants to purify it is no more a sinner than the man who doesn't sin but wants t...
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Our poor world aspires simply to point out where Christians have gone wrong, and that is pretty much...
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Beware: open-mindedness will often say, 'Everything is permissible except a sharp opinion.'
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Chance is your god
Though you're falling free you will land hard
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A fruitless year, take a fearless heart
One that blooms late will flourish in the dark
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Divinity for the sake of the simple-minded is beautiful. Those theological assertions you write, say...
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God is not a God of confusion, although at times one's judgment, for a period, may become clouded in...
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Men seek a great deal, but fatally close, albeit very different, is one's pride in proving oneself r...
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Humility is, in a sense, admitting how egotistical you are.
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I am not here to merely argue about the perplexities regarding theism or philosophy, but to be a lig...
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Deceit for personal gain is one of history's most recurring crimes. Man's first step towards change ...
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You can receive all the compliments in the world, but that won't do a thing unless you believe it yo...
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The funny thing about the heart is a soft heart is a strong heart, and a hard heart is a weak heart.
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Silver bullets and a stake in the heart
But the cross still awakens my heart
I'm the freak...
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The humble sinner will sometimes be interpreted as one of the filthiest in the eyes of man yet immer...
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God loves each person, I believe; although, just like we do in our private homes, He reserves His ki...
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