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One of our ministries is putting thought provoking messages on one side of our sign and a Scripture verse on the other side. Here are some that may be a blessing to you.

You can often tell a man's principles by the character of his enemies.

"Woe unto you, when all men speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets." (Luke 6:26)

A man's true character is determined by what he does when he knows no one is looking.

"And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;" (Col. 3:23)

You can't get anywhere unless you start.

"The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing." (Prov. 20:4)

The fellow that does things that count, doesn't stop to count them.

"Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?" (Prov. 20:6)

Faith which works is a force, faith which doesn't work is a farce.

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." (James 2:26)

The golden rule has no value unless you realize that you must make the first move.

"And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same." (Luke 6:33)

Some people pray for a bushel with only a cup of faith.

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)

He who speaks with a sharp tongue soon cuts his own throat.

"Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles" (Prov. 21:23)

The atheist can't find God for the same reason that a thief can't find a policeman.

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God..." (Ps. 14:1)

It is much better for a child to learn authority in the playpen, instead of later in the state pen.

"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." (Prov. 22:15)

Drive-in banks were invented so that some cars could occasionally see their real owners.

"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." (Prov. 22:7)

Think what others ought to be like, then start being like that yourself.

"... be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (I Tim. 4:12)

No one can stay young very long, but some manage to act immature all their lives.

"Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (II Tim. 2:22)

To really know a man, observe his behavior with a flat tire, a woman, and a child.

"He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and hath no walls." (Prov. 25:28)

Good behavior gets a lot of credit that really belongs to a lack of opportunity.

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions..." (Gal. 3:19)

One reason many people don't like the Bible is because it cramps their lifestyle.

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)

The guy who blows his horn the loudest is usually in the thickest fog.

"Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips." (Prov. 27:2)

A child and a canoe are alike, both behave better when paddled at the rear.

"The rod and reproof giveth wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." (Prov. 29:15)

Sometimes an open mind just means an empty head.

"The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going." (Prov. 14:15)

You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink... unless you put salt in his food.

"Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." (Col. 4:6)

Convictions determine what a person will stand for and die for, or kill for and lie for.

"He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." (Ps. 112:7)

The death penalty may not eliminate crime, but it sure does stop repeat offenders.

"He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death." (Exod. 21:12)

Children brought up in Sunday School are seldom brought up in court.

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Prov. 22:6)

When a child starts to get on the wrong track, it is time to use the switch.

"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying." (Prov. 19:18)

When you need to make a choice for Christ and don't make it, that in itself is a choice.

"He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad." (Matt. 12:30)

Eternity is a long time to regret the decisions you should have made.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)

An empty tomb proves Christianity; your empty pew denies it.

"Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men." (II Cor. 3:2)

Christ was the only child who knew more than His parents, yet He obeyed them.

"And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them..." (Luke 2:51)

If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

"... denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;" (Tit. 2:12)

Some Christians act like they have been baptized in vinegar.

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice." (Phil. 4:4)

Christians should depend on Jesus for will power in service, and won't power against sin.

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:13)

The church should be considered a spiritual workshop; not a spiritual dormitory.

"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame." (I Cor. 15:34)

A Christian's willful absence from his local church is a vote to close it's doors.

"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another..." (Heb. 10:25)

Many divorces are caused by the marriage of two people who are in love with themselves.

"Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." (Eph. 5:33)

Compromise is always wrong when it means sacrificing a moral principle.

"My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not." (Prov. 1:10)

To some people, a clear conscience is nothing more than a poor memory.

"Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;" (I Tim. 4:2)

One thing that is hurting our country today is the high cost of low living.

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Prov. 14:34)

Fear of failure is the father of failure.

"... Be not afraid, only believe." (Mark 5:36)

Don't be afraid to go out on a limb, that's where the fruit is.

"... Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught." (Luke 5:4)

Courage is being the only one who knows you're afraid.

"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh, For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken." (Prov. 3:25,26)

Courage is not the absence of fear, just the conquest of it.

"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest." (Josh. 1:9)

Unfortunately, today's criminals know more about their rights than they do about their wrongs.

"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." (Eccl. 8:11)

Don't correct the Bible, let the Bible correct you.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple." (Ps. 19:7)

Forget about the guy who belittles you; he's only trying to cut you down to his size.

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12)

Death is not a period, but a comma in a person's existence.

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" (Heb. 9:27)

One thing that is worse than failure is compromise with evil.

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." (Ps. 1:1)

A lie is a coward's way of getting out of trouble.

"A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies." (Prov. 14:5)

A lie may take care of the present, but it never has a future.

"The lip of truth shall be established forever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment." (Prov. 12:19)

If God didn't let us have trials, how would we ever be able to test His faithfulness?

"But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,  after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you." (I Pet. 5:10)

Virus is a Latin word that doctors use which means: "Your guess is as good as mine".

"It is better to trust in the the Lord than to put confidence in man." (Ps. 118:8)

Never put a question mark where God has put a period.

"I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him." (Eccl. 3:14)

Feed your faith with God's Word and your doubts will starve to death.

"... It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." (Matt. 4:4)

When a person starts to turn green with envy, he is just getting ripe for trouble.

"Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?" (Prov. 27:4)

A mistake does not nessecarily become a wrong until you refuse to correct it.

"For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief." (Prov. 24:16)

Children are more likely to follow their parent's example than their advice.

"But he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, as did Manasseh his father..." (II Chron. 33:22)

Stopping at third base adds no more to the score than striking out.

"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:" (II Tim. 4:7)

You should drive your car as if your family were in the other car.

"Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so unto them..." (Matt. 7:12)

Which is more foolish: a child who is afraid of the dark, or a man who is afraid of the light?

"For every one that doeth evil, hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." (John 3:20)

If a preacher fears men, then he doesn't trust God enough.

"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?" (Ps. 118:6)

A wise man will think without talking; a fool reverses the order.

"A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards." (Prov. 29:11)

Sometimes when you argue with a fool, he is doing the same thing.

"Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him." (Prov. 26:4)

It is better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

"Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." (Prov. 17:28)

Freedom is not the right to do as you please, but the liberty to do what God wants.

"The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God." (Ps. 9:17)

The less a friend is used, the longer he lasts.

"Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee." (Prov. 25:17)

If you were another person, would you like to be a friend of yours?

"And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Matt. 22:39)

Better be careful; the grass is always greener over the septic tank.

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." (Phil. 4:11)

Hypocrisy in others is no excuse for rejecting Christ.

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." (Rom. 14:12)

Need a home improvement? Bring your family to church.

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Josh. 24:15)

Jesus is the only messiah with an empty tomb!

"Neither is there salvation in any other..." (Acts 4:12)