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Johnny Russell Almond's Blog – April 2015 Archive (8)

"That I may know him" -- The Mind's Noblest Goal

“A person can be a person and not know Greek or algebra. But a person cannot be a person and not know God.” (Anonymous)

To be the person God intends us to be, it is imperative that we travel the Way to the Truth of Life [John 14:6].

To get to know the true God, we must live in fellowship with His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ [1 John 5:18-21].

To know a rich and satisfying life as a human being, we must stay close to the good Shepherd [John…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 28, 2015 at 1:23pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Heart's Dearest Treasure

"Christ is not valued at all unless he be valued above all." (Augustine)

Christ invites surrender like no other--He asks to be Master of the human heart.

Christ commands like no other--He demands obedience, not merely applause.

Christ reigns like no other--He rules an empire of love unrivaled by earth's fleeting…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 22, 2015 at 12:29pm — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Spirit's Deepest Prayer

 “Nowhere can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.” (Marcus Aurelius]


To live without praying to our Father is to behave as if our Savior were still entombed. To “pray without ceasing” [1 Thessalonians 5:17] is literally to “come to rest” in grace.


To neglect conversation with Christ is to miss the joy of intimacy with the living Lord. To listen for His voice is the prelude to indescribable peace and incomparable…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 20, 2015 at 10:36am — No Comments

"That I may know him" -- The Christian's Best Ambition

“God is not in the business of granting wishes. God is in the business of raising the dead, not all of whom are willing.” (Barbara Brown Taylor)


To experience the power that raised Christ from the dead is infinitely superior to gloating in our achievements and possessions. Anything that we let take God’s place in our hearts is a false god unable…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 17, 2015 at 11:15am — No Comments

"That I may know Him" -- The Life's Highest Meaning

“There is no secret—only—only I am always at his feet, and he is always in my heart.” (A Hebridean princess)


Easter, the high and holy day of the Christian faith, has come and gone. But Jesus hasn’t. He promised to stay with us always, and He is still near. He promised never to abandon us, and He is still our faithful friend. The resurrected Christ keeps holding on to us—reaching out, embracing, calling our name. Jesus invites us to follow Him, to go on…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 14, 2015 at 5:26pm — No Comments

Agony and Ecstasy at the Cross

The agony of Jesus' sacrifice is the basis of our ecstasy--forgiven and free, we joyfully celebrate life. Read my blog on this subject at

Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 8, 2015 at 11:43am — No Comments

Cleanliness is next to Godliness?

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness nowadays, for cleanliness is made an essential and godliness is regarded as an offence.” (G. K. Chesterton)


To worship the holy God acceptably, we must prepare our inner being by washing with the holy water of His Word. Meticulous hand washing is meaningless ritual without inside purification. Dirt-free hands are good hygiene, but a pure heart is heaven’s prerequisite for holiness.


We are not what we think we…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 6, 2015 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A Prayer for Easter

                                                A Prayer for Easter


O God, on this Day of all days we bring You our grateful thanks.

How can we see what it means that You defeated human destructiveness?

How can we say how Your rising affects our apathy and disappointment?


Our hearts sing with praise for You, victorious Lord Jesus…


Added by Johnny Russell Almond on April 4, 2015 at 9:27pm — No Comments


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