Aiden Wilson Tozer (quotes)

  • Refuse to be average.
  • We must never edit God.
  • Man must choose his world
  • Acquaint thyself with God.
  • Perfect love knows no because
  • Very few things in life matter.
  • Faith in faith is faith astray.
  • Sermonettes make Christianettes.
  • Compare yourself only with Jesus.
  • A thankful heart cannot be cynical.
  • Light means nothing to a blind man.
  • The key to prayer is simply praying.
  • Beauty is in the eye of the Creator.
  • Only a disciple can make a disciple.
  • America is laughing her way to Hell.
  • Let me never become a slave to crowds.
  • A scared world needs a fearless church.
  • You have been forgiven, so act like it!
  • You win them to what you win them with.
  • Without worship, we go about miserable.
  • God dwells in the heart where praise is.
  • Oh, if we would only remember who God is!
  • Jesus came not to condemn, but to reclaim.
  • God’s plan will continue on God’s schedule.
  • If you want to be changed, read a good book.
  • When a man of God dies, nothing of God dies.
  • Listen to no man who has not listened to God.
  • All great Christians have been wounded souls.
  • The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed.
  • Where God is not glorified, that place is sick
  • Trust God in the dark until the light returns.
  • Faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.
  • Everything is wrong until Jesus sets it right.
  • Every man is as holy as he really wants to be.
  • The heart that knows God can find God anywhere.
  • Whom God would use greatly He will hurt deeply.
  • Faith in God is to be demonstrated, not defined.
  • Unsaintly saints are the tragedy of Christianity.
  • If worship bores you, you are not ready for heaven.
  • God is never satisfied with anything less than all.
  • God expects of us only what He Himself has supplied.
  • The abuse of a harmless thing is the essence of sin.
  • I can trust the One who has my best interest in mind.
  • What else should we do with the Word of God but obey?
  • Worship is why we are born and why we are born again.
  • [Prayer] takes no time, but it occupies all our time.
  • The scriptures are in print what Christ is in person.
  • The glory of God always comes at the sacrifice of self.
  • The man who would truly know God must give time to Him.
  • Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the nonexistent.
  • There is no place to hide but in the blood of the Lamb.
  • Wherever we find Jesus is the perfect place to worship.
  • No religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.
  • My aim each day is to adore God more than anything else.
  • To fear and not be afraid- that is the paradox of faith.
  • If we possess nothing, God will allow us to have plenty.
  • As Christians, we are not to be people without feelings.
  • In Him (God), history and prophecy are one and the same.
  • God is looking for men in whose hands His glory is safe.
  • I did not go through the Book. The Book went through me.
  • God never uses anyone greatly until He tests them deeply.
  • Silence is often the most eloquent answer to our critics.
  • It is quite impossible to worship God without loving Him.
  • Always God’s goodness is the ground of our expectation.
  • When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.
  • We’re here to be worshipers first and workers only second
  • Christian liberty is freedom from sin, not freedom to sin.
  • Low views of God destroy the gospel for all who hold them.
  • Sometimes when we get overwhelmed we forget how big God is.
  • The true Christian ideal is not to be happy but to be holy.
  • The man who has God for his treasure has all things in one.
  • We must never rest until everything inside us worships God.
  • We modern Christians are long on talk and short on conduct.
  • Anything that God has declared that we should be we can be.
  • Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
  • God doesn’t need anything nevertheless He wants worshipers.
  • Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us.
  • It takes simplicity and humility to worship God acceptably.
  • You can delegate many things, but prayer is not one of them.
  • Jesus will never qualify or compromise anything he has said.
  • We are vengeful. God is forgiving. We remember. God redeems.
  • God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust
  • What I cannot know by reason, I can know by simply believing.
  • God’s justice and God’s mercy do not quarrel with each other.
  • The complacency of Christians is the scandal of Christianity.
  • Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will.
  • A Christian expects to go to Heaven on the virtue of another.
  • Faith is not a conclusion you reach…it’s a journey you live.
  • A local church will only be as great as its conception of God.
  • Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any
  • May God keep fresh the fountain of our laughter and our tears!
  • Prayer is the most sacred occupation a person could engage in.
  • God wants us to know that when we have Him, we have everything.
  • Whatever may befall us, God knows and cares as no one else can.
  • The most important thing you think is what you think about God.
  • True and absolute freedom is only found in the presence of God.
  • To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.
  • God’s purpose in redemption is to make worshipers out of rebels.
  • Christians don’t tell lies they just go to church and sing them.
  • Pray; and as you pray, surrender; and as you surrender, believe.
  • An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children.
  • Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience.
  • You can’t truly rest until every area in your life rests in God.
  • Each day presents a new opportunity to experience God’s presence.
  • Any doctrine that makes the world your friend is not your friend.
  • Complacency is easy…and it is a deadly foe of spiritual growth.
  • If [something] is of God, your dependence upon God will increase.
  • True faith is never found alone; it is accompanied by expectation.
  • Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting.
  • God cannot use a man or woman greatly until he wounds them deeply.
  • God and I; here is the beginning and the end of personal religion.
  • An idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
  • It is dangerous to be so busy that you have no time to wait on God.
  • The best preparation for worship is not a rehearsal, but surrender.
  • Yes, worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence.
  • Justice is not something God has. Justice is something that God is.
  • Let God be true but every man a liar” is the language of true faith
  • We are not revived because we sing; we sing because we are revived.
  • May God grant us a desire for God that supersedes all other desires.
  • Always the most revealing thing about the church is her idea of God.
  • When we make a choice today, we are deciding who we will be tomorrow.
  • The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still.
  • God’s gifts are many; His best gift is one. It is the gift of Himself.
  • What I was saved to is much more important than what I was saved from.
  • The most dangerous trap is just living and forgetting that God exists.
  • Wherever the Word comes without power its essential content is missed.
  • If your life does not worship God, your lips do not worship God either.
  • If we make provision for sinning tomorrow, we will be sinning tomorrow.
  • God tells us to make a sanctuary of our thoughts in which He can dwell.
  • You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love and obey Him.
  • While we are looking at God we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance.
  • God answers our prayers not because we are good, but because He is good.
  • Our walk by faith, if it is true biblical faith, will get us in trouble.
  • Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms.
  • You can blame circumstances, but backsliding always begins in the heart.
  • Until the Bible begins to talk to us, we really have not been reading it.
  • To know that God thinks about me is the beginning of my journey of faith.
  • Our problem is that we go from toy to toy rather than from glory to glory.
  • The Bible was written in tears, and to tears it yields its best treasures.
  • To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love.
  • Faith creates nothing; it simply reckons upon that which is already there.
  • Keep your heart with all diligence and God will take care of the universe.
  • When we become too glib in prayer we are most surely talking to ourselves.
  • Men are not revived because they sing; they sing because they are revived.
  • Real faith invariably produces holiness of heart and righteousness of life.
  • We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God.
  • He had everything, but he possessed nothing. There is the spiritual secret.
  • We cannot enter into the presence of God while we are rebelling against God.
  • If you have believed but not obeyed, you have postponed your Christian life.
  • We are sent to bless the world, but we are never told to compromise with it.
  • We must invite the Cross to do its deadly work within before we can be free.
  • It is God who works in and through us, if only we would let God do His work.
  • I claim the holy right to disappoint men in order to avoid disappointing God.
  • Christ calls us to carry the Cross; churches call us to have fun in His name.
  • When we yield ourselves completely to God, He gives Himself completely to us.
  • It is no sin to doubt some things, but it may be fatal to believe everything.
  • If you want to be holy then you must give time to God and not just intend to.
  • The gravest question any of us face is whether we do or do not love the Lord.
  • We know how God would act if he were in our place – he has been in our place.
  • Worshipers never leave church…we carry our sanctuary with us wherever we go.
  • No one can know the true grace of God who has not first known the fear of God.
  • Wherever faith has eyes to see, there is a smiling presence of the Son of God.
  • If you do all the talking when you pray, how will you ever hear God’s answers?
  • The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.
  • Nothing bothers the devil more than a Christian delighting in God’s presence.
  • Genuine Christian experience must always include an encounter with God Himself.
  • Christians aren’t finished products. We’re God’s sons and daughters in process.
  • The desire to fulfill the purpose for which we were created is a gift from God.
  • How completely satisfying to turn from [our] limitations to a God who has none.
  • I have found God to be cordial and generous and in every way easy to live with.
  • God spares us because He is good, but He could not be good if He were not just.
  • By nature, worship is not some performance we do, but a presence we experience.
  • The Bible is a supernatural book and can be understood only by supernatural aid.
  • It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.
  • What is wisdom? It is the skill to achieve the perfect means by the perfect ends
  • With a sacred expectation, I look for God in ALL of the circumstances of my day.
  • The fruit is what really matters, not how gnarly or beautiful the apple tree is.
  • Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.
  • We go astray when we think that we can do spiritual work without spiritual power.
  • Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.
  • Nothing twists and deforms the soul more than a low or unworthy conception of God
  • Nothing should so occupy the mind of the Christian than discovering God each day.
  • Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.
  • The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God.
  • Many Christians are satisfied with their destination but they neglect the journey.
  • We must never allow the majority to overrule the clear teaching of the Word of God.
  • You can be straight as a gun barrel theologically, and as empty as one spiritually.
  • Holiness has nothing to do with what we know and everything to do with Who we know.
  • Spiritual Christians look upon the world not as a playground but as a battleground.
  • Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.
  • Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending upon her concept of God.
  • Faith is not merely a journey for the feet, but it is also a journey for the heart.
  • Men who refuse to worship the true God now worship themselves with tender devotion.
  • We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him.
  • Truth is a glorious but hard mistress. She never consults, bargains or compromises.
  • To know God is to fear Him. And this fear is to love Him as He deserves to be loved.
  • We can never know who or what we are till we know at least something of what God is.
  • The most important thing about you is what comes to your mind when you think of God.
  • We are called not to adjust ourselves to each other, but to adjust ourselves to God.
  • Our identification with Christ should be that whatever He is we also want to become.
  • In every generation the number of the righteous is small. Be sure you are among them.
  • Most Christians would rather be happy than feel the wounds of other peoples’ sorrows.
  • If you will not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him one day a week.
  • It is doubtful we can be Christian in anything unless we are Christian in everything.
  • Perception of ideas, rather than the storing of them, should be the aim of education.
  • Father, may my song today be a sweet sound in Your ears-even if in Yours alone. Amen.
  • We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.
  • Abounding sin is the terror of the world, but abounding grace is the hope of mankind.
  • There is a restlessness within us that cannot be satisfied until we rest fully in God.
  • The driver on the highway is safe not when He reads the signs, but when He obeys them.
  • You are a mirror of the Almighty…this is the reason you were created…your purpose.
  • Whatever a man wants badly and persistently enough will determine the man’s character.
  • Faith never goes contrary to reason — faith simply ignores reason and rises above it.
  • Unselfish love does not exploit its object and it does not ask for anything in return.
  • Nothing is complete in itself but requires something outside itself in order to exist.
  • Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one
  • God is never impressed with what a man can do. He is more concerned with what a man is.
  • What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
  • A world of confusion and disappointment results from trying to believe without obeying.
  • Many things about our salvation are beyond our comprehension, but not beyond our trust.
  • God rescues us by breaking us, by shattering our strength and wiping out our resistance.
  • I don’t want the world to define God for me. I want the Holy Spirit to reveal God to me.
  • God does not love us because we are hard or easy to love, He loves us because He is God.
  • There is no limit to what God can do through us if we are a yielded and purified people.
  • We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
  • The more highly we think of ourselves-our abilities and talents-the less God can use us.
  • We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity.
  • The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel too much at home in the world
  • The goodness of God is infinitely more wonderful than we will ever be able to comprehend.
  • No man has any right to speak to men about God who has not first spoken to God about men.
  • There is more healing joy in five minutes of true worship than in five nights of revelry.
  • Faith is not in itself a meritorious act; the merit is in the One to Whom it is directed.
  • There has been grave error. I do not mean so much error of doctrine as error of emphasis.
  • Jesus Christ knows the worst about you. Nonetheless, He is the one who loves you the most.
  • Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits on the undeserving.
  • To truly know God we must long for Him without any other motive than reaching God Himself.
  • Walking in humility isn’t focusing on what we are NOT; rather, it’s declaring what God is.
  • God is running the universe. We ought not think like scientists, but think like psalmists.
  • True worship, worship that is pleasing to God, radiates throughout a person’s entire life.
  • In an effort to get the work of the Lord done we often lose contact with the Lord of work.
  • God works as long as His people live daringly; He ceases when they no longer need His aid.
  • Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He IS that standard.
  • The only Christian you want to listen to is the one who gives you more of a hunger for God.
  • Show me the condition of your Bible and I will accurately gauge the condition of your soul.
  • I want to live so fully in the Spirit that…every act of my life may be an act of worship.
  • Some morning, get up and allow the power of God to come on you, and allow Him to bless you.
  • Heaven is beautiful because it is the expression of that which is the perfection of beauty.
  • God does not stop at rescuing us; the purpose of that rescue is to enjoy fellowship with us.
  • God desires to reveal to us that His capacity to forgive is bigger than our capacity to sin.
  • The purpose of God isn’t to save us from Hell. The purpose of God is to make us like Christ.
  • When we have the Holy Spirit we have all that is needed to be all that God desires us to be.
  • To treat an imperfect brother (or sister) impatiently is to advertise our own imperfections.
  • The meetings least attended in our churches today are the ones whose only attraction is God.
  • The man who comes to a right belief about God is relieved of ten thousand temporal problems.
  • What is of man uses manipulation to conform. What is of #God uses implantation to transform.
  • The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.
  • The Cross is not responsible for God’s love; rather it was His love that conceived the Cross.
  • The importance of coming into God’s presence is worth overcoming all obstacles along the way.
  • My miseries have always come out of my own flesh, never from any burden Jesus has laid on me.
  • As we come to the Bible, we can come with the holy anticipation of actually meeting with God.
  • Faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all.
  • The inner life must overcome the flesh or the flesh will overcome and destroy the inner life.
  • It requires a serious mind and a determined heart to pray past the ordinary into the unusual.
  • As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.
  • Our pursuit of God is successful just because He is forever seeking to manifest Himself to us.
  • I cannot recall, in any of my reading, a single instance of a prophet who applied for the job.
  • After my study of today’s church, my conclusion is that the church is politely bored with God.
  • An honest man is strange when he is among dishonest men, but it is a good kind of strangeness.
  • The natural man must know in order to believe; The spiritual man must believe in order to know
  • Let her love God as He is in Himself, and not as her imagination says He is, and pictures Him.
  • The Christian’s heart must be soaked in prayer before the true spiritual fruits begin to grow.
  • The widest thing in the universe is not space, it is the potential capacity of the human heart
  • Christianity is hard when we try to serve God in man’s way instead of serving God in God’s way.
  • The devil loves it when we say we believe then prioritize everything in our lives ahead of God.
  • The big problem is not whether the Bible is true. The big problem is whether it is true in you.
  • Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. The contented soul is the stagnant soul.
  • In coming to Christ we don’t bring our old life up to a higher plane; we leave it at the cross.
  • Christ dazzles me and stirs within me such feelings of amazement that I can never get over Him.
  • All things as they move toward God are beautiful, and they are ugly as they move away from Him.
  • We must do worldly jobs, but if we do them with sanctified minds, they become offerings to God.
  • Honesty that can be trusted and respected is a very fragrant flower in the life of a Christian.
  • We can take whatever path in worship we choose, but not all paths will end at the feet of Jesus.
  • How utterly terrible is the current idea that Christians can serve God at their own convenience.
  • What has the church gained if it is popular but there is no conviction, no repentance, no power?
  • We have become so engrossed in the work of the Lord that we have forgotten the Lord of the work.
  • The veil of money has never been about how much money you have but about how much money has you.
  • No man gives anything acceptable to God until has has first given himself in love and sacrifice.
  • Prayer for revival will prevail when it is accompanied by radical amendment of life; not before.
  • Do not allow the enemy of your soul to rob you of that unique quality God has breathed into you.
  • As long as Christ sits on the throne, every day is a good day and all days are days of salvation.
  • To regain her lost power the Church must see heaven opened and have a transforming vision of God.
  • Next to the Holy Scriptures, the greatest aide to the life of faith may be Christian biographies.
  • Man for all his genius is but an echo of the original Voice, a reflection of the uncreated Light.
  • The best book is not one that informs merely, but one that stirs the reader up to inform himself.
  • Only the redeemed have the ability to like what God likes and to be pleased with what pleases God.
  • God’s Word is true whether we believe it or not. Human unbelief cannot alter the character of God.
  • Jesus Christ never thinks about what we have been! He always thinks about what we are going to be.
  • If I am to wholly follow the Lord Jesus Christ, I must forsake everything that is contrary to Him.
  • God loves us for ourselves. He values our love more than he values galaxies of new created worlds.
  • God loves you not because you are worthy, but because He is God and you are a fixture in His mind.
  • God created our souls to be satisfied only with the divine everlastingness of the Word made flesh.
  • The Christian is strong or weak depending upon how closely he has cultivated the knowledge of God.
  • When we are enjoying the conscious presence of God, we are fulfilling the tenets of our salvation.
  • Worship is no longer worship when it reflects the culture around us more than the Christ within us.
  • Nothing in or of this world measures up to the simple pleasure of experiencing the presence of God.
  • There is a strain of loneliness infecting many Christians, which only the presence of God can cure.
  • No one need fear to listen to the voice of God unless he has already made up his mind to resist it.
  • It is possible that we can get so busy doing work ‘for’ the Lord that we have no time FOR the Lord.
  • The ideal leader is one who hears the voice of God, and beckons on as the voice calls him and them.
  • Outside of the will of god, there is nothing I want. And in the will of god there is nothing I fear.
  • Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its faith not in the living God, but in dying men.
  • God is more concerned with the state of people’s hearts than He is with the state of their feelings.
  • If we take away any of the attributes of God, we do not weaken God but we weaken our concept of God.
  • We ought not to be looking for a place to hide, but a place to give ourselves as an offering to God.
  • The fact of God is necessary for the fact of man. Think God away and man has no ground of existence.
  • Hope is the music of the whole Bible, the heartbeat, the pulse and the atmosphere of the whole Bible.
  • Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.
  • There is a better way. It is to repudiate our own wisdom and take instead the infinite wisdom of God.
  • To pray without expectation is to misunderstand the whole concept of prayer and relationship with God.
  • When God brings all things to light, you will discover just how significant you’ve been in God’s plan.
  • I do not know why God does some things, but I am convinced that nothing is accidental in his universe.
  • Be hard on yourself and easy on others. Carry your own cross but never lay one on the back of another
  • Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. No one can hinder him.
  • Any sermon that is not birthed in prayer is not a message from God no matter how learned the preacher.
  • God is trying to call us back to that for which He created us, to worship Him and to enjoy Him forever
  • Christians should be the boldest people in the world-not cocky and sure of ourselves, but sure of Him.
  • When people sugarcoat Christianity, arrange it all nicely, they have, in effect, taken away the Cross.
  • Jesus is not one of many ways to approach God, nor is He the best of several ways; He is the only way.
  • To pray with your fists closed means you’re hanging onto something. Let it go. Open your hands to God.
  • History is little more than the story of man’s sin, and the daily newspaper a running commentary on it.
  • God often hides His blessing in trouble or trial, which makes it all the sweeter when it comes our way.
  • Powerless religion may put a man through many surface changes and leave him exactly what he was before.
  • It is time for us to seek again the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Man’s lordship has cost us too much.
  • Any belief that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only.
  • Most Christians don’t hear God’s voice because we’ve already decided we aren’t going to do what He says.
  • If Jesus Christ isn’t the central figure in our lives and in our churches, we’re only fooling ourselves.
  • We are too quick to live this life and forget that there is another world to come…this is not the end.
  • We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.
  • Go to church once a week and nobody pays attention. Worship God seven days a week and you become strange!
  • Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God.
  • We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit.
  • It is scarcely possible in most places to get anyone to attend a meeting where the only attraction is God
  • Save me from the error of judging a church by its size, popularity or the amount of its yearly offerings.
  • Pure Christianity, instead of being shaped by its environment, actually stands in sharp opposition to it.
  • Religion can reform a person’s life, but it can never transform him. Only the Holy Spirit can transform!
  • Real faith never disappoints because it is in God, grounded on His character, promises, covenant and oath.
  • Come to the Word with a spirit of longing with devotion and humble expectation. Be determined to know God.
  • Because we are the handiwork of God, it follows that all our problems and their solutions are theological.
  • It’s not what you did, but what you could have done if you allowed the Lord to work His will in your life.
  • We Christians must look sharp that our Christianity does not simply refine our sins without removing them.
  • Some people’s lives would drastically change if they would obey God as strictly as they obey their doctors.
  • Trying to be happy without a sense of God’s presence is like trying to have a bright day without the sun.
  • It will cost you everything to follow the Lord. And it will cost you even more to be His man for this hour.
  • If we can trust the sufferings of Christ for our sake then we can trust Christ when we suffer for His sake.
  • When you focus on the eternal, victorious Son of God, you break the devil’s heart and render him powerless.
  • I want to be in a place where I have to have God in everything I do . . . where God is indispensable to me.
  • God is speaking. He is, by His nature, continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice.
  • The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God.
  • His words are the essence of truth…Jesus never uttered opinions. He never guessed; He knew, and He knows.
  • A pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.
  • God expects us to measure the church not against tradition but against the standards & promises of His Word.
  • When the eyes of the soul looking out meet the eyes of God looking in, heaven has begun right here on earth.
  • The sacred page is not meant to be the end, but only the means toward the end, which is knowing God Himself.
  • The great test of faith is to wait on God. . . not expecting to push a button and get whatever we want now.
  • Religion is interested primarily in the One who is the source of all things, the master of every phenomenon.
  • What is wrong with Christians today is that we have the gifts of God but have forgotten the God of the gifts.
  • Dare to contend without being contentious. Preserve the truth without hurting people. Love and be charitable.
  • If I empty out half of my life, God can only fill half…God will fill as much of us as we allow Him to fill.
  • It’s time for us to rise up, get out of the rut and routine, and begin to take our Christian faith seriously.
  • Christians must understand most emphatically that the world around us is in conflict with the Word within us.
  • We have our ambition for the future and God. And thus we put God as a plus sign after something else we want.
  • We must do something about the cross, and there’s only one of two things we can do- flee it or die upon it!
  • The best way to prove that a stick is crooked is to set a straight one beside it. No words need to be spoken.
  • The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God and the Church is famishing for want of His Presence.
  • What we think about when we are free to think about what we will ‚ì that is what we are or will soon become.
  • God doesn’t work through us because we’re flawless; rather, He works through us in spite of our imperfections.
  • If your Christianity depends upon a pastor’s preaching, then you’re a long way from being where you should be.
  • What’s closest to your heart is what you talk about, and if God is close to your heart, you’ll talk about Him.
  • An honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find out what is wrong with him very quickly.
  • We please God most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms.
  • God purposed redemption in Christ Jesus before the world began, and His plan does not need any editing by man.
  • The cross stands high above the opinions of men and to that cross all opinions must come at last for judgment.
  • Faith is a re-directing of our sight, a getting out of the focus of our own vision and getting God into focus.
  • Any nation which for an extended period puts pleasure before liberty is likely to lose the liberty it misused.
  • I fear that for the most part people are worshiping worship rather than worshiping God and communing with Him.
  • The superior Christian lets God strip him of everything that might serve as a false refuge, a secondary trust.
  • If we try to obey without faith, we get nowhere. If we try to have faith without obedience, it ends in nothing.
  • Too often we are Christians by assumption, manipulation or instruction, rather than Christians by regeneration.
  • The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ.
  • We must break the evil habit of ignoring the spiritual. We must shift our interest from the seen to the unseen.
  • Wherever we turn in the church of God, there is Jesus. He is the beginning, middle and end of everything to us.
  • Man doesnt have the patience or the power to wait. But God does. He has all eternity to accomplish His purposes.
  • We operate by faith, which means that we have confidence in what God says, whether we fully understand it or not
  • The purpose of good works isn’t to change us or save us; rather, it’s the demonstration of the change within us.
  • The grace of God is infinite and beyond our ability to measure. His grace has no beginning and therefore no end.
  • God wants us to make Jesus Christ the central figure in our church–not just say that we do, but actually do it.
  • To escape the error of salvation by works we have fallen into the opposite error of salvation without obedience.
  • We get the odd notion that God is showing mercy because Jesus died. No. Jesus died because God is showing mercy.
  • You will never be more than a common Christian until you give up your own interest and cease defending yourself.
  • God’s mercy is boundless, free and, through Jesus Christ our Lord, available to us now in our present situation.
  • We often try to put God in a box. The God who fits in our boxes isn’t the God & Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We understand and acknowledge that the Resurrection has placed a glorious crown upon all of Christ’s sufferings!
  • Our Lord told His disciples that love and obedience were organically united. The final test of love is obedience.
  • May God deliver us from the easygoing, smooth, comfortable Christianity that never lets the truth get hold of us.
  • Only the blood of Jesus can cleanse us, yet if we withhold ourselves from that blood, we will be unclean forever.
  • The more fascinated we become with the toys of this world, the more we forget that there’s another world to come.
  • God’s voice speaking tenderly to our hearts today is the same voice that powerfully called creation into being.
  • In the Bible, the race of life is never considered from the viewpoint of speed… We are to run it with patience.
  • It’s not my business to try and make God think like me… but to try, in prayer and penitence, to think like God.
  • The essence of surrender is getting out of God’s way so that He can do in us what He also wants to do through us.
  • If in our Saturday pursuits we’re far from God’s presence, we’re not in very good shape to worship Him on Sunday.
  • A true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage. He is rather ready to follow as well as lead.
  • I contend that whatever does not raise the moral standard of the church or community has been a revival from God.
  • We should discipline ourselves to read the Word until it comes alive…until we can almost feel the breath of God.
  • As long as we think we own anything, that thing owns us. As soon as we know that we own nothing, then God owns us.
  • One compromise here, another there and soon enough the so-called Christian and the man in the world look the same.
  • Maybe God is calling you to do something extraordinary that isn’t on your calendar; something to revive your soul!
  • The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.
  • A holy man isn’t aware that he’s holy..As soon as we begin to talk about how holy we are, we aren’t holy any more.
  • Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us. So let us cultivate simplicity; let us walk in the Spirit.
  • The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God’s victory over him.
  • I can’t sing a lick but that’s nobody’s business. God listens when I sing to Him and He thinks I am an opera star.
  • If you’re not worshiping God on Monday the way you [did] the day before, perhaps you’re not worshiping Him at all.
  • If God is the Supreme good then our highest blessedness on earth must lie in knowing Him as perfectly as possible.
  • We are here to affirm, not to deny… when we affirm all that is God, all that is not God is automatically denied.
  • When a man falls on his knees and stretches his hands heavenward, he is doing the most natural thing in the world.
  • If JESUS cannot control you, HE cannot save you. And if HE cannot control ALL of you HE cannot control any of you.
  • Cultivating quietness is a missing discipline today…the quietness needed to nurture an inner life hid in Christ.
  • We may say simply that in the sight of God we are judged not so much by what we do as by our reasons for doing it.
  • Is it ever possible to overdo the talking about the glory of Christ? Is it ever too often to be in God’s presence?
  • The KEY to disciplining ourselves in the area of obedience is always keeping in mind to whom we are being obedient.
  • Every ransomed man owes his salvation to the fact that during his days of sinning, God kept the door of mercy open.
  • I accomplish more when I rest wholly in the labor of Jesus than I do when I frantically try to do the work for Him.
  • Are you satisfied being filled with good information about God, or do you long to burst into His manifest presence?
  • What a blessed truth to understand that, in the middle of all of our difficulties and calamities, we have a refuge.
  • True obedience is the refusal to compromise in any regard our relationship with God, regardless of the consequences.
  • Did you ever stop to think that God is going to be as pleased to have you with Him in Heaven as you are to be there?
  • Regret for a sinful past will remain until we truly believe that for us in Christ that sinful past no longer exists.
  • Faith, as Paul saw it, was a living, flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ.
  • It’s hard to rest knowing that millions of people merely carry on religious traditions but don’t actually reach God.
  • Any manipulation of the Scriptures to make them speak peace to the natural man is evil and can only lead to ruin.
  • Satan hates God for His own sake, and everything that is dear to God he hates for the very reason that God loves it.
  • If God gives you a watch, are you honoring Him more by asking Him what time it is or by simply consulting the watch?
  • Our self-trust is such a subtle thing that it still comes around whispering to us even after we are sure it is gone.
  • When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.
  • We are saved to worship God. All that Christ has done in the past and all that He is doing now leads to this one end.
  • The good news isn’t that God is victorious. How can He not be victorious? The good news is we can be victorious, too.
  • Most Christians are satisfied living as common Christians, without an insatiable hunger for the deeper things of God.
  • The idea of the divine-human friendship originated with God. Had not God said first ‘Ye are my friends?’ (John 15:14)
  • Be thankful, but be careful that you don’t become so enamored of God’s good gifts that you fail to worship the giver.
  • If you never mention the Lord in conversation with each other,isn’t that proof that you aren’t so concerned about Him?
  • The Church can’t be a religious theater where paid men perform for the religious amusement of the people who pay them.
  • We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.
  • To desire revival…and at the same time to neglect(personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another.
  • Repentance isn’t only sorrow for past sins, it’s also a determination to now do the will of God as He reveals it to us
  • It is altogether doubtful whether any man can be saved who comes to Christ for His help with no intention to obey Him.
  • The pain of sacrificing our old selves is nothing compared to the joy of Christ living in us in our transformed lives.
  • The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.
  • No one can long worship God in spirit and in truth before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist.
  • When we allow God to be exalted in our difficulties we are in the perfect place to smell the fragrance of His Presence.
  • If the envious, the defamers and the backbiters were taken out of the average church, there would be revival overnight.
  • Speaking as a minister it is my strong feeling that no man has a right to preach to a crowd that he has not prayed for.
  • The man who remains in his sin will be damned just as surely as the sun comes up in the east and goes down in the west.
  • There are rare Christians whose very presence incites others to be better Christians. I want to be that rare Christian.
  • I like Easter. But let’s remember that Christ’s resurrection is not truer at Easter than at any other time of the year.
  • There cannot be two absolutely free beings in the universe, for sooner or later two completely free wills must collide.
  • God sees us perfect in His Son while He disciplines and chastens and purges us that we may be partakers of His holiness.
  • Don’t allow false modesty,doubts or unbelief prevent you from accepting God’s favor. The door of mercy stands wide open.
  • Prayer is always in danger of degenerating into a glorified gold rush. How to get things from God occupies most [books].
  • God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God. He has already lived all our tomorrows as He has lived all our yesterdays.
  • God is raising up His heroes and the time will come when they will appear and the world will wonder where they came from.
  • No one will make progress with God until our eyes are lifted to the faithfulness of God and we stop looking at ourselves!
  • Men are free to decide their own moral choices, but they are also under the necessity to account to God for those choices.
  • God’s Kingdom isn’t divided into areas of important people and areas of little people. In God’s sight, everyone’s needful.
  • This is what you are here for: to glorify God and enjoy Him thoroughly and forever, telling the universe how great God is.
  • Because we have shut out the Holy Spirit in so many ways, we are stumbling along as though we are spiritually blindfolded.
  • The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos.
  • True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie.
  • Progress in the Christian life is exactly equal to the growing knowledge we gain of the Triune God in personal experience.
  • Nothing’s easier to talk about than surrendering ourselves and dying on the Cross. Nothing’s harder than actually doing it.
  • Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.
  • God wants worshipers before workers; indeed the only acceptable workers are those who have learned the lost art of worship.
  • Christianity takes for granted the absence of any self-help and offers a power which is nothing less than the power of God.
  • We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts
  • In trying to count our many blessings the difficulty is not to find things to count, but to find time to enumerate them all.
  • Quoting Scripture leads you to the fountain, but only if you plunge in and come up wet will I know that you are a Christian.
  • The man or woman who is wholly or joyously surrendered to Christ can’t make a wrong choice/any choice will be the right one.
  • As the excellence of steel is strength, and the excellence of art is beauty, so the excellence of mankind is moral character.
  • We can be in our day what the heroes of faith were in their day – but remember at the time they didn’t know they were heroes.
  • Faith never means gullibility. The man who believes everything is as far from God as the man who refuses to believe anything.
  • All things else being equal, our prayers are only as powerful as our lives. In the long pull we only pray as well as we live.
  • A whole new generation of Christians has come up believing that it is possible to ‘accept’ Christ without forsaking the world.
  • To know the Creator and the God of all the universe is to revere Him. It is to bow down before Him in wonder and awesome fear.
  • As mercy is God’s goodness confronting human misery and guilt, so grace is his goodness directed toward human debt and demerit.
  • A low view of God is the cause of a hundred lesser evils. A high view of God is the solution to ten thousand temporal problems.
  • The low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us.
  • We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.
  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.
  • We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone.
  • One thing the young Christian should be taught as quickly as possible after his conversion is that Jesus Christ is all he needs.
  • Among the plastic saints of our times, Jesus has to do all the dying, and all we want to hear is another sermon about his dying.
  • Before there can be fullness there must be emptiness. Before God can fill us with Himself we must first be emptied of ourselves.
  • The church that can’t worship must be entertained. And leaders who can’t lead a church to worship must provide the entertainment.
  • The vague and tenuous hope that God is too kind to punish the ungodly has become a deadly opiate for the consciences of millions.
  • Thinking carries a moral imperative. The searcher for truth must be ready to obey truth without reservation or it will elude him.
  • Only after all the noise has spent itself do we begin to hear in the silence of our heart, the still, small, mighty voice of God.
  • Lord, how great is our dilemma! In Thy Presence silence best becomes us, yet love inflames our hearts and constrains us to speak.
  • God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.
  • What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight. Scholars can interpret the past; it takes prophets to interpret the present.
  • If I understand this correctly Christ taught here the alarming doctrine that the desire for honor among men made belief impossible.
  • God wants the whole person and He will not rest till He gets us in entirety. No part of the man will do” (101) – “The Pursuit of God
  • Judas Iscariot was not a greatly wicked person, just a common money-lover, and like most money-lovers, he did not understand Christ.
  • Leadership requires vision, and whence will vision come except from hours spent in the presence of God in humble and fervent prayer?
  • God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. The man who would know God must give time to Him.
  • God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.
  • Plain horse sense ought to tell us that anything that makes no change in the man who professes it makes no difference to God, either.
  • Self is the opaque veil that hides the Face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.
  • We need to learn that truth consists not in correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine plus the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.
  • Failure to get a right viewpoint in the beginning of our Christian lives may result in weakness and sterility for the rest of our days!
  • I want the presence of God Himself, or I don’t want anything at all to do with religion… I want all that God has or I don’t want any.
  • The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of Christians.
  • Tens of thousands, perhaps millions, have come into some kind of religious experience by accepting Christ, and they have not been saved.
  • At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His Presence.
  • The blessed and inviting truth is that God is the most winsome of all beings and in our worship of Him we should find unspeakable pleasure.
  • The world is waiting to hear an authentic voice, a voice from God- not an echo of what others are doing and saying, but an authentic voice.
  • When a person, yielding to God and believing the truth of God, is filled with the Spirit of God, even his faintest whisper will be worship.
  • The cross is the lightning rod of grace that short-circuits God’s wrath to Christ so that only the light of His love remains for believers.
  • The church can have light only as it is full of the Spirit, and it can be full only as the members that compose it are filled individually.
  • Many’s very human habit of trusting in himself is generally the last great obstacle blocking his pathway to victory in Christian experience.
  • For the Christian, humility is absolutely indispensable. Without it there can be no self-knowledge, no repentance, no faith and no salvation.
  • As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol.
  • It appears that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right.
  • Our religious activities should be ordered in such a way as to have plenty of time for the cultivation of the fruits of solitude and silence.
  • Secularism, materialism, and the intrusive presence of things have put out the light in our souls and turned us into a generation of zombies.
  • We can seek God and find him! God is knowable, touchable, hearable, seeable, with the mind, the hands, the ears and the eyes of the inner man.
  • To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.
  • Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.
  • Jesus our Lord is Prophet, Priest, and King. The concept is not new, yet many preachers never preach it, and many congregations never hear it.
  • The heart that is constantly overflowing with gratitude will be safe from those attacks of resentfulness and gloom that bother so many persons.
  • When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is no deterrent when the fear of God is gone.
  • The heart of the world is breaking under this load of pride and pretense. There is no release from our burden apart from the meekness of Christ.
  • We taste Thee, O Thou Living Bread, And long to feast upon Thee still: We drink of Thee, the Fountainhead And thirst our souls from Thee to fill.
  • Everything God does has purpose and intention behind that design. It is a master design, and every little thing has its proper place and function.
  • We fear extremes and shy away from too much ardor in religion as if it were possible to have too much love or too much faith or too much holiness.
  • God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace.
  • A man by his sin may waste himself, which is to waste that which on earth is most like God. This is man’s greatest tragedy and God’s heaviest grief.
  • Labor in the Lord is not in vain. Labor outside the Lord may well be in vain. We labor in the Lord when we labor using His enablement for His glory.
  • Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer but richer for having made it.
  • Of all forms of deception self-deception is the most deadly, and of all deceived persons the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud.
  • Let the seeking man reach a place where life and lips join to say continually, “Be thou exalted,” and a thousand minor problems will be solved at once.
  • People have faith in ‘faith’ and largely forget that our confidence is not in the power of faith but in the Person and work of the Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • Every advance that we make for God and for His cause must be made at our inconvenience. If it does not inconvenience us at all, there is no cross in it.
  • I am Thy servant to do Thy will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.
  • Anything God has ever done, he can do now. Anything God has ever done anywhere, he can do here. Anything God has ever done for anyone, he can do for you.
  • Man appears for a little while to laugh and weep, to work and play, and then to go to make room for those who shall follow him in the never-ending cycle.
  • Those who seek the deeper Christian life and those who want the riches that are in Christ Jesus the Lord seek no place, no wealth, no things, only Christ.
  • Let us practice the fine art of making every work a priestly ministration. Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there.
  • The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness.
  • If the Lord’s people were only half as eager to be filled with the Spirit as they are to prove that they cannot be filled, the church would be crowded out.
  • You cannot study the Bible diligently and earnestly without being struck by an obvious fact-the whole matter of personal holiness is highly important to God!
  • Shall it be a religion or shall it be Christ? Shall it be churchianity or shall it be Jesus Christ? Shall it be pride or shall it be humility in Jesus Christ?
  • Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.
  • We wonder why we don’t have faith; the answer is, faith is confidence in the character of God and if we don’t know what kind of God God is, we can’t have faith.
  • I remind you that there are churches so completely out of the hands of God that if the Holy Spirit withdrew from them, they wouldn’t find it out for many months
  • God dwells in His creation and is everywhere indivisibly present in all His works. He is transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them.
  • Christian theology teaches the doctrine of prevenient grace, which briefly stated means this, that before a man can seek God, God must first have sought the man.
  • The task of the church is twofold: to spread Christianity throughout the world and to make sure that the Christianity she spreads is the pure New Testament kind.
  • True religion is removed from diet and days, from garments and ceremonies, and placed where it belongs – in the union of the spirit of man with the Spirit of God.
  • The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.
  • We can afford to follow Him to failure. Faith dares to fail. The resurrection and the judgment will demonstrate before all worlds who won and who lost. We can wait.
  • As a sunbeam perishes when cut off from the sun, so man apart from God would pass back into the void of nothingness from which he first leaped at the creative call.
  • The atonement in Jesus Christ’s blood is perfect; there isn’t anything that can be added to it. It is spotless, impeccable, flawless. It is perfect as God is perfect.
  • Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God …. and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is.
  • But the sons of this world have not God; they have only each other, and they walk holding to each other and looking to one another for assurance like frightened children.
  • Selfishness is never so exquisitely selfish as when it is on its knees. … Self turns what would otherwise be a pure and powerful prayer into a weak and ineffective one.
  • If we insist upon trying to imagine Him, we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts; and an idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
  • You will never please everybody. Some men will say you have gone too far. Other men will say you haven’t gone far enough. I just compromise and say I won’t please anybody.
  • Our gifts and talents should also be turned over to Him. They should be recognized for what they are, God’s loan to us, and should never be considered in any sense our own
  • The true follower of Christ will not ask, “If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?” Rather he will say, “This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!”
  • For millions of Christians, nevertheless, God is no more real than He is to the non-Christian. They go through life trying to love an ideal and be loyal to a mere principle.
  • The Christian woman should remember that she cannot buy true attractiveness; that radiance which really shines forth in beauty is of the heart and spirit and not of the body.
  • Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are, we can never believe that He will do for us what He says He will do. Right here is where popular religion breaks down.
  • I have no doubt that historians will conclude that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it.
  • The average Christian is so cold and so contented with His wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness.
  • What God declares the believing heart confesses without the need of further proof. Indeed, to seek proof is to admit doubt, and to obtain proof is to render faith superfluous.
  • Holiness, as taught in the Scriptures, is not based upon knowledge on our part. Rather, it is based upon the resurrected Christ in-dwelling us and changing us into His likeness.
  • People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks: 1. they are facing only one direction, 2. they can never turn back, and 3. they no longer have plans of their own.
  • I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.
  • Nothing that God has ever said about Himself will be modified; nothing the inspired prophets and apostles have said about Him will be rescinded. His immutability guarantees this.
  • The various elements of truth stand in perpetual antithesis, sometimes requiring us to believe apparent opposites while we wait for the moment when we shall know as we are known.
  • The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are at opposite sides of the same coin.
  • Hardly anything else reveals so well the fear and uncertainty among men as the length to which they will go to hide their true selves from each other and even from their own eyes.
  • In many churches Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak that if it were poison it would not hurt anyone, and if it were medicine it would not cure anyone!
  • If God gives you a few more years, remember, it is not yours. Your time must honor God, your home must honor God, your activity must honor God, and everything you do must honor God.
  • I believe that entertainment and amusements are the work of the Enemy to keep dying men from knowing they’re dying; and to keep enemies of God from remembering that they’re enemies.
  • Were we able to extract from any man a complete answer to the question, “What comes into your mind when you think about God?” we might predict with certainty the future of that man.
  • For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth.
  • It is because of the hasty and superficial conversation with God that the sense of sin is so weak and that no motives have power to help you to hate and flee from sin as you should.
  • I think a new world will arise out of the religious mists when we approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book which was once spoken, but a book which is now speaking.
  • The true Christian is one who is kind of sick of this world. If I find anybody who is settled down too snugly into this world, I am made to doubt whether he’s ever truly been born again
  • The man who is seriously convinced that he deserves hell is not likely to go there, while the man who believes that he is worthy of heaven will certainly never enter that blessed place.
  • The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.
  • When our Lord looked at us, He saw not only what we were — He was faithful in seeing what we could become! He took away the curse of being and gave us the glorious blessing of becoming.
  • In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we’re pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker’s praise without anxiety.
  • One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.
  • With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.
  • Men may flee from the sunlight to dark and musty caves of the earth, but they cannot put out the sun. So men may in any dispensation despise the grace of God, but they cannot extinguish it.
  • There are such things as consecrated griefs, sorrows that may be common to everyone but which take on a special character when accepted intelligently and offered to God in loving submission.
  • The man who has been taught by the Holy Spirit will be a seer rather than a scholar. The difference is that the scholar sees and the seer sees through; and that is a mighty difference indeed.
  • Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
  • A satisfying prayer life elevates and purifies every act of body and mind and integrates the entire personality into a single spiritual unit. In the long pull we pray only as well as we live.
  • No man should desire to be happy who is not at the same time holy. He should spend his efforts in seeking to know and do the will of God, leaving to Christ the matter of how happy he should be.
  • There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its Biblical sense, but something else and something less.
  • What now does the divine immanence mean in direct Christian experience? It means simply that God is here. Wherever we are, God is here. Ther eis no place, there can be no place, where He is not.
  • What do we value most? What would we most hate to lose? What do our thoughts turn to most frequently when we are free to think of what we will? And finally, what affords us the greatest pleasure?
  • To become effective men of God, then, we must know and acknowledge that every grace and every virtue proceeds from God alone, and that not even a good thought can come from us except it be of Him.
  • A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation.
  • Religious externals may have meaning for the God-inhabited soul; for any others they are not only useless but may actually become snares, deceiving them into a false and perilous sense of security.
  • To be entirely safe from the devil’s snares the man of God must be completely obedient to the Word of the Lord. The driver on the highway is safe, not when he reads the signs but when he obeys them.
  • An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.
  • For myself, I long ago decided that I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I can not have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We’ll have a long time to be happy in heaven.
  • Apart from God nothing matters. We think that health matters, that freedom matters, or knowledge or art or civilization. And but for one insistent word they would matter indeed. That word is eternity.
  • To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.
  • To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men. This is such a common truth that one hesitates to mention it, yet it appears to have been overlooked by the majority of Christians today.
  • If faith is the gaze of the heart at God, and if this gaze is but the raising of the inward eyes to meet the all-seeing eyes of God, then it follows that it is one of the easiest things possible to do.
  • To expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.
  • The meek man will attain a place of soul rest. As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him. The old struggle to defend himself is over. He has found the peace which meekness brings.
  • The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God… Our religion is weak because our God is weak… Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.
  • Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image.
  • We can express our worship to God in many ways. But if we love the Lord and are led by His Holy Spirit, our worship will always bring a delighted sense of admiring awe and a sincere humility on our part.
  • If we cooperate with Him in loving obedience, God will manifest Himself to us, and that manifestation will be the difference between a nominal Christian life and a life radiant with the light of His face.
  • Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored. Only as we have complete assurance that He is faithful may we live in peace and look forward with assurance to the life to come.
  • Any spirit that permits compromise with the world is a false spirit. Any religious movement that imitates the world in any of its manifestations is false to the cross of Christ and on the side of the devil.
  • We must of necessity be servant to someone, either to God or to sin. The man who surrenders to Christ exchanges a cruel slave driver for a kind and gentle master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.
  • It is necessary for God to use the hammers, the file, and the furnace in His holy work of preparing a saint for true sainthood. It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.
  • The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.
  • …popular fundamentalist theology has emphasized the utility of the cross rather than the beauty of the One who died on it… The “work” of Christ has been stressed until it has eclipsed the person of Christ.
  • Keep my eyes fixed on You, Lord. Help me to stop tinkering and realize my total inability to change. I look to You to change me and give me victory as I focus on Your friendly eyes looking lovingly at me. Amen.
  • Rules for Self Discovery: 1. What we want most; 2. What we think about most; 3. How we use our money; 4. What we do with our leisure time; 5. The company we enjoy; 6. Who and what we admire; 7. What we laugh at.
  • The doctrine of the Trinity…is truth for the heart. The fact that it can not be satisfactorily explained, instead of being against it, is in its favor. Such a truth had to be revealed; no one could imagine it.
  • We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensibl e and unattainable… Holy is the way God is. To be holy He does not conform to a standard. He is that standard.
  • Teach us to know that we cannot know, for the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Let faith support us where reason fails, and we shall think because we believe, not in order that we may believe.
  • The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.
  • God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.
  • When the Spirit illuminates the heart, then a part of the man sees which never saw before; a part of him knows which never knew before, and that with a kind of knowing which the most acute thinker cannot imitate.
  • The faith of Christ offers no buttons to push for quick service. The new order must wait the Lord’s own time, and that is too much for the man in a hurry. He just gives up and becomes interested in something else.
  • One of the most popular current errors, and the one out of which springs most of the noisy, blustering religious activity in evangelical circles, is the notion that as times change the church must change with them.
  • The believing man does not claim to understand. He falls to his knees and whispers, “God.” The man of earth kneels also, but not to worship. He kneels to examine, to search, to find the cause and the how of things.
  • The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed… The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy, will never let the mind have rest.
  • I wish that we might get back to worship again. Then when people come into the church they will instantly sense that they have come among holy people, God’s people. They can testify, ‘Of a truth God is in this place’
  • God will speak to the hearts of those who prepare themselves to hear; and conversely, those who do not so prepare themselves will hear nothing even though the Word of God is falling upon their outer ears every Sunday.
  • The man who preaches truth and applies it to the lives of his hearers will feel the nails and the thorns. He will lead a hard life, but a glorious one. May God raise up many such prophets. The church needs them badly.
  • If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on.
  • Let every man abide in the calling wherein he is called and his work will be as sacred as the work of the ministry. It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it.
  • Deliverance can come to us only by the defeat of our old life. Safety and peace come only after we have been forced to our knees. God rescues us by breaking us, by shattering our strength and wiping out our resistance.
  • To men and women everywhere Jesus says, “Come unto me, and I will give you rest.” The rest He offers is the rest of meekness, the blessed relief which comes when we accept ourselves for what we are and cease to pretend.
  • We get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.
  • Mans nature indicates that he was created for three things: To think, to worship and to work. But thinking is not enough. Men are made to worship also, to bow down and adore in the presence of the Mystery inexpressible.
  • The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is no true faith present. To attempt the impossible God must give faith or there will be none, and He gives faith to the obedient heart only.
  • Made as we were in the image of God we scarcely find it strange to take again our God as our All. God was our original habitat and our hearts cannot but feel at home when they enter again that ancient and beautiful abode.
  • The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honoured for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything – we have all the rest.
  • God is not silent. It is the nature of God to speak. The second person of the Holy Trinity is called “The Word.” The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.
  • For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he is his deep heart conceives God to be like.
  • Have you noticed how much praying for revival has been going on of late – and how little revival has resulted? I believe the problem is that we have been trying to substitute praying for obeying, and it simply will not work.
  • When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God. But it is part of our human problem that we would like to be full of the Spirit and yet go on and do as we please!
  • The author squares man’s depravity with still being made in the image of God with this word picture. A vase that has held beautiful roses though now broken, will nevertheless hold something of the fragrance it once contained.
  • I believe in Christian charity, but I don’t believe in Christian tolerance… When we become so tolerate that we lead people into mental fog and spiritual darkness, we are not acting like Christians; we are acting like cowards!
  • There can be no doubt that this possessive clinging to things is one of the most harmful habits in the [christian] life. Because it is so natural, it is rarely recognized for the evil that it is. But its outworkings are tragic.
  • The reason why many are still troubled, still seeking, still making little forward progress is because they haven’t yet come to the end of themselves. We’re still trying to give orders, and interfering with God’s work within us.
  • God did not write a book and send it by messenger to be read at a distance by unaided minds. He spoke a Book and lives in His spoken words, constantly speaking His words and causing the power of them to persist across the years.
  • The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute and final authority over the whole church and over all of its members in every detail of their lives is simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians
  • God’s redemptive revelation in Scripture is necessary to saving faith and peace with God. Faith in a risen Savior is necessary if the vague stirrings toward immortality are to bring us to restful and satisfying communion with God.
  • The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men.
  • All the problems of heaven and earth, though they were to confront us together and at once, would be nothing compared with that overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him.
  • Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. He waits to be wanted. Too bad that with many of us He waits so long, so very long, in vain.
  • This is the tragedy and woe of the hour–that we neglect the most important One who could possibly be in our midst–the Holy Spirit of God. Then, in order to make up for His absence, we have to do something to keep up our own spirits.
  • Pseudo faith always arranges a way out to serve in case God fails it. Real faith knows only one way and gladly allows itself to be stripped of any second way or makeshift substitutes. For true faith, it is either God or total collapse.
  • God formed us for His pleasure, and so formed us that we as well as He can in divine communion enjoy the sweet and mysterious mingling of kindred personalities. He meant us to see Him and live with Him and draw our life from His smile.
  • The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him.
  • The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.
  • I’m not afraid of the devil. The devil can handle me – he’s got judo I never heard of. But he can’t handle the One to whom I’m joined; he can’t handle the One to whom I’m united; he can’t handle the One whose nature dwells in my nature.
  • He fills heaven and earth as the ocean fills the bucket that is submerged in it, and as the ocean surrounds the bucket so does God in the universe He fills. “The heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee.” God is not contained: He contains.
  • The main thing is this: we should never blame anyone or anything for our defeats. No matter how evil their intentions may be, they are altogether unable to harm us until we begin to blame them and use them as excuses for our own unbelief.
  • If Bible Christianity is to survive the present world upheaval, we shall need to have a fresh revelation of the greatness and the beauty of Jesus…. He alone can raise our cold hearts to rapture and restore again the art of true worship.
  • No matter what the circumstances, we Christians should keep our heads. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind. It is a dismal thing to see a son of heaven cringe in terror before the sons of earth.
  • May not the inadequacy of much of our spiritual experience be traced back to our habit of skipping through the corridors of the Kingdom like children in the market place, chattering about everything, but pausing to learn the value of nothing.
  • We Christians must simplify our lives or lose untold treasures on earth and in eternity. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. The need for solitude and quietness was never greater than it is today.
  • Yes, I believe you can be right with God and still not like the way some people behave. Our admonition is to love them in a larger and more comprehensive way because we are all one in Christ Jesus. This kind of love is indeed a Christian virtue!
  • What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.
  • The shallowness of our inner experience, the hollowness of our worship, and that servile imitation of the world which marks our promotional methods all testify that we, in this day, know God only imperfectly, and the peace of God scarcely at all.
  • God wants us to worship Him. He doesn’t need us, for He couldn’t be a self-sufficient God and need anything or anybody, but He wants us. When Adam sinned it was not he who cried, ‘God, where art Thou?’ It was God who cried, ‘Adam, where art thou?’
  • God may allow His servant to succeed when He has disciplined him to a point where he does not need to succeed to be happy. The man who is elated by success and is cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best his fruit will have a worm in it.
  • When God justifies a sinner, everything in God is on the sinner’s side. All the attributes of God are on the sinner’s side. It isn’t that mercy is pleading for the sinner and justice is trying to beat him to death. All of God does all that God does.
  • Salvation is from our side a choice, from the divine side it is a seizing upon, an apprehending, a conquest by the Most High God. Our ‘accepting’ and ‘willing’ are reactions rather than actions. The right of determination must always remain with God.
  • The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal, how can you hope to find inward peace?
  • It is a high Christian privilege to pray for one another within each local church body and then for other believers throughout the world. As a Christian minister, I have no right to preach to people I have not prayed for. That is my strong conviction.
  • I believe that the imperative need of the day is not simply revival, but a radical reformation that will go to the root of our moral and spiritual maladies and deal with causes rather than with consequences, with the disease rather than with symptoms.
  • We have full confidence in Jesus Christ. Our confidence rises as the character of God becomes greater and more trustworthy to our spiritual comprehension. The One with whom we deal is the One who embodies faithfulness and truth-the One who cannot lie.
  • Our most pressing obligation is to do all in our power to obtain a revival that will result in a reformed, revitalized, purified church. Each generation of Christians is the seed of the next, and degenerate seed is sure to produce a degenerate harvest.
  • It is either all of Christ or none of Christ! I believe we need to preach again a whole Christ to the world – a Christ who does not need our apologies, a Christ who will not be divided, a Christ who will either be Lord of all or will not be Lord at all!
  • Whoever seeks God as a means toward desired ends will not find God. The mighty God, the maker of heaven and earth, will not be one of many treasures, not even the chief of all treasures. He will be all in all or He will be nothing. God will not be used.
  • When we try to focus our thought upon One who is pure uncreated being we may see nothing at all, for He dwelleth in light that no man can approach unto. Only by faith and love are we able to glimpse Him as He passes by our shelter in the cleft of the rock.
  • Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. Believing, then, is directing the hearts’ attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘behold the Lamb of God,’ and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives.
  • Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its trust, not in the living God but in dying men. The unbeliever denies the selfsufficiency of God and usurps attributes that are not his. This dual sin dishonors God and ultimately destroys the soul of man.
  • We desperately need seers who can see through the mist- Christian leaders with prophetic vision. Unless they come soon it will be too late for this generation.  And if they do come we will no doubt crucify a few of them in the name of our worldly orthodoxy.
  • Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart.
  • Any faith that does not command the one who holds it is not a real belief; it is a pseudo belief only. And it might shock some of us profoundly if we were brought suddenly face to face with our beliefs and forced to test them in the fires of practical living.
  • Until self-effacing men return again to spiritual leadership, we may expect a progressive deterioration in the quality of popular Christianity year after year till we reach the point where the grieved Holy Spirit withdraws – like the Shekinah from the temple.
  • Wise leaders should have known that the human heart cannot exist in a vacuum. If Christians are forbidden to enjoy the wine of the Spirit they will turn to the wine of the flesh….Christ died for our hearts and the Holy Spirit wants to come and satisfy them.
  • The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life: In himself, nothing; In God, everything. He knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him and he has stopped caring.
  • He (God) may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.
  • You know, we’ll hardly get our feet out of time [and] into eternity that we’ll bow our heads in shame and humiliation. We’ll gaze on eternity and say, ‘My God! Look at all the riches there were in Jesus Christ, and I’ve come to the Judgment Seat almost a pauper!
  • God and Father, I repent of my sinful preoccupation with visible things. The world has been too much with me. Thou hast been here and I knew it not. I have been blind to Thy Presence. Open my eyes that I may behold Thee in and around me. For Christ’s sake, Amen.
  • The experiences of men who walked with God in olden times agree to teach that the Lord cannot fully bless the a man until He has first conquered him. The degree of blessing enjoyed by any man will correspond exactly with the completeness of God’s victory over him.
  • Christians alone are in a position to rescue the perishing. We dare not settle down to try to live as if things were ‘normal.’ Nothing is normal while sin and lust and death roam the world, pouncing upon one and another till the whole population has been destroyed.
  • Pay no heed to the passing religious vogue. Go back to the grass roots. Open your hearts and search the Scriptures. Bear your cross, follow your Lord. The masses are always wrong. In every generation the number of the righteous is small. Be sure you are among them.
  • We are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.
  • Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.
  • Whenever you see confusion, you can be sure that something is wrong. Disorder in the world implies that something is out of place. Usually, at the heart of all disorder you will find man in rebellion against God. It began in the Garden of Eden and continues to this day.
  • Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude, where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.
  • We who follow Christ are men and women of eternity. We must put no confidence in the passing scenes of the disappearing world. We must resist every attempt of Satan to palm off upon us the values that belong to mortality. Nothing less than forever is long enough for us.
  • Constantly practice the habit of inwardly gazing upon God. You know that something inside your heart sees God. Even when you are compelled to withdraw your conscious attention in order to engage in earthly affairs, there is within you a secret communion always going on.
  • The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ. What he is or is not no longer concerns him. He believes that he has been crucified with Christ and he is not willing either to praise or deprecate such a man.
  • To understand a Bible text it takes an act of the Holy Spirit equal to the act that inspired the text in the first place. A revelation of the Holy Spirit in one glorious flash of inward illumination would teach you more of Jesus than five years in a theological seminary.
  • What good is all our busy religion if God isn’t in it? What good is it if we’ve lost majesty, reverence, worship-an awareness of the divine? What good is it if we’ve lost a sense of the Presence and the ability to retreat within our own hearts and meet God in the garden?
  • I think that most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire into their personal affairs too closely. They want Him to save them, to keep them happy, and to take them off to heaven at last, but not to be too inquisitive about their conduct or services.
  • One of the greatest foes of the Christian is religious complacency.. Orthodox Christianity has fallen to its present low estate from lack of spiritual desire. Among the many who profess the Christian faith, scarcely one in a thousand reveals any passionate thirst for God.
  • We who live in this nervous age would be wise to meditate on our lives and our days long and often before the face of God and on the edge of eternity. For we are made for eternity as certainly as we are made for time, and as responsible moral beings we must deal with both.
  • It is my opinion that the Christian conception of God current in these middle years of the twentieth century is so decadent as to be utterly beneath the dignity of the Most High God and actually to constitute for professed believers something amounting to a moral calamity.
  • If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing, it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the living God.
  • I am looking for the fellowship of the burning heart–for men and women of all generations everywhere who love the Savior until adoration becomes the music of their soul until they don’t have to be fooled with and entertained and amused. Jesus Christ is everything, all-in-all.
  • Though the cross of Christ has been beautified by the poet and the artist, the avid seeker after God is likely to find it the same savage implement of destruction it was in the days of old. The way of the cross is still the pain-wracked path to spiritual power and fruitfulness.
  • God desires and is pleased to communicate with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills, and our emotions. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the souls of the redeemed men and women is the throbbing heart of the New Testament.
  • The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
  • Where God and man are in relationship, this must be the ideal. God must be the communicator, and man must be in the listening, obeying attitude. If men and women are not willing to assume this listening attitude, there will be no meeting with God in living, personal experience.
  • If God takes away from us the old, wrinkled, beat-up dollar bill we have clutched so desperately, it is only because He wants to exchange it for the whole Federal mint, the entire treasury! He is saying to us, ‘I have in store for you all the resources of heaven. Help yourself.’
  • If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 95 percent of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. If the Holy Spirit had been withdrawn from the New Testament church, 95 percent of what they did would stop, and everybody would know the difference.
  • If a man has only correct doctrine to offer me, I am sure to slip out at the first intermission to seek the company of someone who has seen for himself how lovely is the face of Him who is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley. Such a man can help me, and no one else can.
  • The kingdom of God is not in words. Words are only incidental and can never be fundamental. When evangelicalism ceased to emphasize fundamental meanings and began emphasizing fundamental words, and shifted from meaning to words and from power to words, they began to go down hill.
  • Let a man set his heart only on doing the will of God and he is instantly free. If we understand our first and sole duty to consist of loving God supremely and loving everyone, even our enemies, for God’s dear sake, then we can enjoy spiritual tranquility under every circumstance.
  • The cross where Jesus died became also the cross where His apostle died. The loss, the rejection, the shame, belong both to Christ and to all who in very truth are His. the cross that saves them also slays them, and anything short of this is a pseudo-faith and not true faith at all.
  • Religion today is not transforming people; rather it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society; it is descending to society’s own level, and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smilingly accepting its surrender.
  • Time is a resource that is non-renewable and non-transferable. You cannot store it, slow it up, hold it up, divide it up or give it up. You can’t hoard it up or save it for a rainy day when it’s lost it is unrecoverable. When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.
  • Come near to the holy men and women of the past and you will soon feel the heat of their desire after God. They mourned for Him, they prayed and wrestled and sought for Him day and night, in season and out, and when they found Him, the finding was all the sweeter for the long seeking.
  • The notion that the careless sinner is the smart fellow and the serious-minded Christian, though well-intentioned, is a stupid dolt altogether out of touch with life will not stand up under scrutiny. Sin is basically an act of moral folly, and the greater the folly the greater the fool.
  • Nobody ever got anything from God on the grounds that he deserved it. Haven fallen, man deserves only punishment and death. So if God answers prayer it’s because God is good. From His goodness, His lovingkindness, His good-natured benevolence, God does it! That’s the source of everything.
  • We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, paganized pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their ends.
  • Love is both a principle and an emotion; it is something both felt and willed. It is capable of almost infinite degrees. Love in the human heart may begin so modestly as to be hardly perceptible and go on to become a raging torrent that sweeps its possessor before it in total helplessness.
  • No one can know truth except the one who obeys truth. You think you know truth. People memorize the Scriptures by the yard, but that is not a guarantee of knowing the truth. Truth is not a text. Truth is in the text, but it takes the text plus the Holy Spirit to bring truth to a human soul.
  • A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here awaiting our response to His presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality.
  • The burden borne by mankind is a heavy and a crushing thing. The word Jesus used means a load carried or toil borne to the point of exhaustion. Rest is simply release from that burden. It is not something we do, it is what comes to us when we cease to do. His own meekness, that is the rest.
  • The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the ‘poor in spirit.’
  • To great sections of the church the art of worship has been lost entirely, and in its place has come that strange and foreign thing called the ‘program.’ This word has been borrowed from the stage and applied with sad wisdom to the type of public service which now passes for worship among us.
  • The weakness of so many modern Christians is that they feel to much at home in the world. In their effort to achieve restful ‘adjustment’ to unregenerate society they have lost their pilgrim character and become an essential part of the very moral order against which they are sent to protest.
  • God takes that which is nothing and makes something out of it. When you become a Christian, you cannot patch your Christianity onto your old life. You are to start over. Accept God’s call as a promotion. Burn the old bridges and fix it so you cannot go back ; then serve God with all your heart.
  • Our error today is that we do not expect a converted man to be a transformed man, and as a result of this error our churches are full of substandard Christians. A revival is among other things a return to the belief that real faith invariably produces holiness of heart and righteousness of life.
  • The moment we make up our minds that we are going on with this determination to exalt God overall, we step out of the world√≠s parade… We acquire a new viewpoint; a new and different psychology will be formed within us; a new power will begin to surprise us by its upsurgings and its outgoings.
  • It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival.
  • I find that when people haven’t found God and do not know the new birth and the Spirit is not on them, yet they have the ancient impulse to worship something. If they’re not educated they kill a chicken and put a funny thing on their head and dance around. If they are educated they write poetry.
  • Nowhere in the Word of God is there any text or passage or line that can be twisted or tortured into teaching that the organic living church of Jesus Christ just prior to His return will not have every right and every power and every obligation that she knew in that early part of the book of Acts.
  • One thing is certain: the call of Christ is always a promotion. Were Christ to call a king from his throne to preach the gospel to some tribe of aborigines, that king would be elevated above anything he had known before. Any movement toward Christ is ascent, and any direction away from Him is down.
  • Brother Lawrence expressed the highest moral wisdom when he testified that if he stumbled and fell he turned at once to God and said, ‘O Lord, this is what you may expect of me if You leave me to myself.’ He then accepted forgiveness, thanked God, and gave himself no further concerns about the matter.
  • How frightful a thing it is for the preacher when he becomes accustomed to his work, when his sense of wonder departs, when he gets used to the unusual, when he loses his solemn fear in the presence of the High and Holy One; when, to put it bluntly, he gets a little bored with God and heavenly things.
  • We’re here to be worshipers first and workers only second. We take a convert and immediately make a worker out of him. God never meant it to be so. God meant that a convert should learn to be a worshiper, and after that he can learn to be a worker…The work done by a worshiper will have eternity in it.
  • …revivals (or any other spiritual gifts and graces) come only to those who want them badly enough. It may be said without qualification that every man is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wants to be. He may not be as full as he wishes he were, but he is most certainly as full as he wants to be.
  • The Christian church was designed to make sinners sweat. I have always believed that, and I still believe it. The messages preached in our churches should make backslidden Christians sweat. And if I achieve that objective when I preach, I thank God with all of my heart, no matter what people think of me.
  • Nothing that comes from God will minister to my pride of self-congratulation. If I am tempted to be complacent and to feel superior because I have had a remarkable vision or an advanced spiritual experience, I should go at once to my knees and repent of the whole thing. I have fallen victim to the enemy.
  • Peace of heart that is won by refusing to bear the common yoke of human sympathy is a peace unworthy of a Christian. To seek tranquility by stopping our ears to the cries of human pain is to make ourselves not Christian but a kind of degenerate stoic having no relation either to stoicism or Christianity.
  • Let the average man be put to the proof on the question of who is above, and his true position will be exposed. Let him be forced into making a choice between God and money, between God and men, between God and personal ambition, God and self, God and human love, and God will take second place every time.
  • It is probably impossible to think without words, but if we permit ourselves to think with the wrong words, we shall soon be entertaining erroneous thoughts; for words, which are given us for the expression of thought, have a habit of going beyond their proper bounds and determining the content of thought.
  • The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will. If I’m out of his will that’s another matter. But if I’m in His will, He’s sworn to keep me.
  • The church that is not jealously protected by mighty intercession and sacrificial labors will before long become the abode of every evil bird and the hiding place for unsuspected corruption. The creeping wilderness will soon take over that church that trusts in its own strength and forgets to watch and pray.
  • The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of Christians… The ‘worship’ growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself – a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the dressed-up drunks.
  • A Christian should put away all defense and make no attempt to excuse himself either in his own eyes or before the Lord. Whoever defends himself will have himself for his defense, and he will have no other. But let him come defenseless before the Lord and he will have for his defender no less than God Himself.
  • I would like to live to see the time when the men and woman of God – holy, separated and spiritually enlightened – walk out of the evangelical church and form a group of their own; when they get off the sinking ship and let her go down in the brackish and worldliness and form a new ark to ride out the storm.
  • What then are we to do about our problems? We must learn to live with them until such time as God delivers us from them…we must pray for grace to endure them without murmuring. Problems patiently endured will work for our spiritual perfecting. They harm us only when we resist them or endure them unwillingly.
  • The man with a cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. No matter what he may desire to do, there is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion.
  • Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble.
  • Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most Ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the first cause, but which we call our Father which art in heaven.
  • The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has not done deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her very unawareness only makes her situation all the more tragic.
  • We may sing, ‘Crown Him Lord of all,’ and rejoice in the tones of the loud-sounding organ and the deep melody of harmonious voices, but still we have done nothing until we have left the world and set our faces toward the city of God in hard practical reality. When faith becomes obedience then it is true faith indeed.
  • In Christ and by Christ, God effects complete self-disclosure , although He shows Himself not to reason but to faith and love. Faith is an organ of knowledge, and love an organ of experience. God came to us in the incarnation; in atonement He reconciled us to Himself, and by faith and love we enter and lay hold on Him.
  • When God would make His Name known to mankind He could find no better word than “I AM.” When He speaks in the first person He says, “I AM”; when we speak of Him we say, “He is”; when we speak to Him we say, “Thou art.” Everyone and everything else measures from that fixed point. “I am that I am,” says God, “I change not.”
  • I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I’d ask him for a reference. If he could not show me where it is found in the Bible, I would bow him out and say, I’m awfully sorry, you don’t bring any references with you
  • And what kind of habitation pleases God? What must our natures be like before he can feel at home within us? He asks nothing but a pure heart and a single mind. He asks no rich paneling, no rugs from the Orient, no art treasures from afar. He desires but sincerity, transparency, humility, and love. He will see to the rest.
  • Whenever God begins something, we have the assurance that He will finish it. Nothing will stand in the way of Him accomplishing His purpose in this world and in our lives. What God starts, He finishes, and nobody can hinder Him. Sure, delays will happen. Just remember, God is in charge of the delays as well as the progress.
  • Such words as amen, hallelujah, glory and others of like sacred association are repeated endlessly and meaninglessly in the apparent belief that they have in them some strange power for good. This can be no more than high-grade magic. It will pay us to search our own hearts thoroughly to discover just why we use these words.
  • The greatest encouragement throughout the Bible is God’s love for His lost race and the willingness of Christ, the eternal Son, to show forth that love in God’s plan of redemption. The love of Jesus is so inclusive that it knows no boundaries. At the point where we stop caring and loving, Jesus is still there loving and caring
  • There are two classes of Christians: the proud who imagine they are humble and the humble who are afraid they are proud. There should be another class: the self-forgetful who leave the whole thing in the hands of Christ and refuse to waste any time trying to make themselves good. They will reach the goal far ahead of the rest.
  • To me, it has always been difficult to understand those evangelical Christians who insist upon living in the crisis as if no crisis existed. They say they serve the Lord, but they divide their days so as to leave plenty of time to play and loaf and enjoy the pleasures of the world as well. They are at ease while the world burns.
  • The true Church has never sounded out public expectations before launching her mission. Her leaders heard from God, they knew their Lord’s will and did it. Their people followed them – sometimes to triumph, oftener to insults and public persecution – and their sufficient reward was the satisfaction of being right in a wrong world!
  • A church can wither as surely under the ministry of soulless Bible exposition as it can where no Bible is given. To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people. Then, and not till then, is it the prophetic word and the man himself a prophet.
  • Churches are more prosperous than at any time within the past several hundred years. But the alarming thing is that our gains are mostly external and our losses wholly internal; and since it is the quality of our religion that is affected by internal conditions, it may be that our supposed gains are but losses spread over a wider field.
  • The yearning to know what cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man. Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and landlocked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its source.
  • Breezy, self-confident Christians tell us how wonderful it is to accept Christ and then have a good time all the rest of your life; the Lord won’t demand anything of you. Yes, He will, my friend! The Lord will demand everything of you. And when you give it all up to Him, He may bless it and hand it back, but on the other hand He may not.
  • The widest thing in the universe is not space; it is the potential capacity of the human heart. Being made in the image of God, it is capable of almost unlimited extension in all directions. And one of the world’s greatest tragedies is that we allow our hearts to shrink until there is room in them for little besides ourselves.
  • If you have to be reasoned into Christianity, some wise fellow can reason you out of it! If you come to Christ by a flash of the Holy Spirit so that by intuition you know that you are God’s child, you know it by the text but you also know it by the inner light, the inner illumination of the Spirit, and no one can ever reason you out of it.
  • Sometimes I go to God and say, “God, if Thou dost never answer another prayer while I live on this earth, I will still worship Thee as long as I live and in the ages to come for what Thou hast done already. God’s already put me so far in debt that if I were to live one million millenniums I couldn’t pay Him for what He’s done for me.
  • We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety; this is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.
  • Retire from the world each day to some private spot. Stay in the secret place till the surrounding noises begin to fade out of your heart and a sense of God’s presence envelops you. Deliberately tune out the unpleasant sounds and come out of your closet determined not to hear them. Listen for the inward voice till you learn to recognize it.
  • The poor quality of Christian that grows out of our modern evangelistic meeting may be accounted for by the absence of real repentance accompanying the initial spiritual experience of the converts. And the absence of repentance is the result of an inadequate view of sin and sinfulness held by those who present themselves in the inquiry room.
  • When I am praying the most eloquently, I am getting the least accomplished in my prayer life. But when I stop getting eloquent and give God less theology and shut up and just gaze upward and wait for God to speak to my heart He speaks with such power that I have to grab a pencil and a notebook and take notes on what God is saying to my heart.
  • God calls us to worship, but in many instances we are in entertainment, just running a poor second to the theaters. That is where we are, even in the evangelical churches, and I don’t mind telling you that most of the people we say we are trying to reach will never come to a church to see a lot of amateur actors putting on a home-talent show.
  • Whoever will listen will hear the speaking heaven. This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen, for listening is not today a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there. Religion has accepted the monstrous heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God.
  • When religion has said its last word, there is little that we need other than God Himself. The evil habit of seeking God-and effectively prevents us from finding God in full revelation. In the and lies our great woe. If we omit the and we shall soon find God, and in Him we shall find that for which we have all our lives been secretly longing.
  • The only cross in all of history that was turned into an altar was the cross on which Jesus Christ died. It was a Roman cross. They nailed Him on it, and God, in His majesty and mystery, turned it into an altar. The Lamb who was dying in the mystery and wonder of God was turned into the Priest who offered Himself. No one else was a worthy offering.
  • We must like Moses cover ourselves with faith and humility while we steal a quick look at the God whom no man can see and live. The broken and the contrite heart He will not despise. We must hide our unholiness in the wounds of Christ as Moses hid himself in the cleft of the rock while the glory of God passed by. We must take refuge from God in God.
  • It is astonishing, how many difficulties clear up without any effort when the inner life gets straightened out. If half the time we spend trying to fix up outward things were spent in getting our hearts right, we would be delighted with the result. Strange as it may seem, harmony within our hearts depends mostly upon our getting into harmony with God.
  • We love the old saints, missionaries, martyrs, and reformers. Our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys and Asburys, etc… We will write their biographies, reverence their memories, frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do anything except imitate them. We cherish the last drop of their blood, but watch carefully over the first drop of our own.
  • What does this word holiness really mean? Is it a negative kind of piety from which so many people have shied away? No, of course not! Holiness in the Bible means moral wholeness– a positive quality which actually includes kindness, mercy, purity, moral blamelessness and godliness. It is always to be thought of in a positive, white intensity of degree.
  • Now, brethren, this is one of our greatest faults in our Christian lives. We are allowing too many rivals of God. We actually have too many gods. We have too many irons in the fire. We have too much theology that we don’t understand. We have too much churchly institutionalism. We have too much religion. Actually, I guess we just have too much of too much.
  • Fundamentalism has stood aloof from the liberal in self-conscious superiority and has on its own part fallen into error, the error of textualism, which is simply orthodoxy without the Holy Ghost. Everywhere among conservatives we find persons who are Bible-taught but not Spirit-taught. They conceive truth to be something which they can grasp with the mind.
  • We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.
  • Many of us Christians have become extremely skillful in arranging our lives so as to admit the truth of Christianity without being embarrassed by its implications. We arrange things so that we can get on well enough without divine aid, while at the same time ostensibly seeking it. We boast in the Lord but watch carefully that we never get caught depending on Him.
  • The moment the Spirit has quickened us to life in regeneration our whole being senses its kinship to God and leaps up in joyous recognition. That is the heavenly birth without which we cannot see the Kingdom of God. It is, however, not an end but an inception, for now begins the glorious pursuit, the heart’s happy exploration of the infinite riches of the Godhead.
  • In the Book of Acts faith was for each believer a beginning, not an end; it was a journey, not a bed in which to lie while waiting for the day of our Lord’s triumph. Believing was not a once-done act; it was more than an act, it was an attitude of heart and mind which inspired and enabled the believer to take up his cross and follow the Lamb whithersoever He went.
  • We must face the fact that many today are notoriously careless in their living. This attitude finds its way into the church. We have liberty, we have money, we live in comparative luxury. As a result, discipline has disappeared. What would a violin solo sound like if the strings on the musician’s instrument were all hanging loose, not stretched tight, not disciplined?
  • In the conduct of our public worship where is the authority of Christ to be found? The truth is that today the Lord rarely controls a service, and the influence He exerts is very small. We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere; we worship our way, and it must be right because we have always done it that way, as have the other churches in our group.
  • I want to be a more serious-minded Christian, more detached from this world, more ready for heaven than I have ever been in my whole life. I want an ear that is sharp to know the voice of the enemy, whether it comes from religion, politics, or philosophy … I would rather stand and have everybody my enemy than to go along with the crowd to destruction. Do you feel that way?
  • So when we sing, ‘Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,’ we are not thinking of the nearness of place, but of the nearness of relationship. It is for increasing degrees of awareness that we pray, for a more perfect consciousness of the divine Presence. We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.
  • The Universal Presence is a fact. God is here. And He is no strange or foreign God, but the familiar Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who love has for thousands of years enfolded the sinful race of men. And always He is trying to get our attention, to reveal Himself to us, to communicate with us. We have within us the ability to know Him if we will but respond to His overtures.
  • The problem of why God created the universe still troubles thinking men; but if we cannot know why, we can at least know that He did not bring His worlds into being to meet some unfulfilled need in Himself, as a man might build a house to shelter him against the winter cold or plant a field of corn to provide him with necessary food. The word ‘necessary’ is wholly foreign to God.
  • The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense. How horrible to contemplate a church full of persons who have been pardoned but who still love sin and hate the ways of righteousness. And how much more horrible to think of heaven as filled with sinners who had not repented nor changed their way of living.
  • Were all human beings suddenly 2 become blind, still the sun would shine by day and the stars by night, for these owe nothing 2 the millions who benifit from their light. So were every man on earth 2 become atheist it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections to doubt Him takes nothing away.
  • Whatever God felt about anything, He still feels. Whatever He thought about anyone, He still thinks. Whatever He approved, He still approves. Whatever He condemned, He still condemns. Today we have what they call the relativity of morals. But remember this God never changes. Holiness and righteousness are conformity to the will of God. And the will of God never changes for moral creatures.
  • The love of Christ both wounds and heals, it fascinates and frightens, it kills and makes alive, it draws and repulses. There can be nothing more terrible or wonderful than to be stricken with love for Christ so deeply that the whole being goes out in a pained adoration of His person, an adoration that disturbs and disconcerts while it purges and satisfies and relaxes the deep inner heart.
  • In my creature impatience I am often caused to wish that there were some way to bring modern Christians into a deeper spiritual life painlessly by short, easy lessons; but such wishes are vain. No shortcut exists. God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. It is well that we accept the hard truth now: The man who would know God must give time to Him.
  • The God of the modern evangelical rarely astonishes anybody. He manages to stay pretty much with the constitution. Never break our by-laws. He’s a very well-behaved God and very denominational and very much like one of us…we ask Him to help us when we’re in trouble and look to Him to watch over us when we’re asleep. The God of the modern evangelical isn’t a God I could have much respect for.
  • God will not hold us responsible to understand the mysteries of election, predestination, and the divine sovereignty. The best and safest way to deal with these truths is to raise our eyes to God and in deepest reverence say, “0 Lord, Thou knowest.” Those things belong to the deep and mysterious Profound of God’s omniscience. Prying into them may make theologians, but it will never make saints.
  • Jesus Christ left us an example for our daily conduct. He felt no bitter resentment and He held no grudge against anyone! Even those who crucified Him were forgiven while they were in the act. Not a word did He utter against them nor against the ones who stirred them up to destroy Him. How evil they all were. He knew better than any other man, but He maintained a charitable attitude toward them.
  • We may as well face it: the whole level of spirituality among us is low. We have measured ourselves by ourselves until the incentive to seek higher plateaus in the things of the Spirit is all but gone (We) have imitated the world, sought popular favor, manufactured delights to substitute for the joy of the Lord and produced a cheap and synthetic power to substitute for the power of the Holy Ghost.
  • So, it becomes the devil’s business to keep the Christian’s spirit imprisoned. He knows that the believing and justified Christian has been raised up out of the grave of his sins. From that point on, Satan works that much harder to keep us bound and gagged, in our own grave clothes. He knows that if we continue in this kind of bondage…we are not much better off than when we were spiritually dead.
  • I say that a Christian congregation can survive and often appear to prosper in the community by the exercise of human talent and without any touch from the Holy Spirit! All that religious activity and the dear people will not know anything better until the great and terrible day when our self-employed talents are burned with fire and only that which was wrought by the Holy Ghost will stand forever!
  • The Christian gospel is a message of freedom through grace and we must stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free. But what shall we do with our freedom? The Apostle Paul grieved that some of the believers of his day took advantage of their freedom and indulged the flesh in the name of Christian liberty. They threw off discipline, scorned obedience and made gods of their own bellies.
  • Most of the world’s great souls have been lonely. Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness… Always remember: you cannot carry a cross in company. Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd, his cross is his alone and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart. Society has turned against him; otherwise he would have no cross. No one is a friend to the man with a cross.
  • I am among those who believe that our Western civilization is on its way to perishing. It has many commendable qualities, most of which it has borrowed from the Christian ethic, but it lacks the element of moral wisdom that would give it permanence. Future historians will record that we of the twentieth century had intelligence enough to create a great civilization but not the moral wisdom to preserve it.
  • Teach us, O God, that nothing is necessary to Thee. Were anything necessary to Thee that thing would be the measure of Thine imperfection: and how could we worship one who is imperfect? If nothing is necessary to Thee, then no one is necessary, and if no one, then not we. Thou dost seek us though Thou does not need us. We seek Thee because we need Thee, for in Thee we live and move and have our being. Amen.
  • Why do some persons ‘find’ God in a way that others do not? Why does God manifest His Presence to some and let multitudes of others struggle along in the half-light of imperfect Christian experience? Of course the will of God is the same for all. He has no favorites within His household. All He has ever done for any of His children He will do for all of His children. The difference lies not with God but with us.
  • Any objection to the carryings on of our present gold-calf Christianity is met with the triumphant reply, ‘But we are winning them!’ Winning them to what? To true discipleship? To cross-carrying? To self-denial? To separation from the world? To crucifixion of the flesh? To holy living? To hard self-discipline ? To love for God? To total committal to Christ? Of course the answer to all these questions is…No.
  • As base a thing as money often is, yet it can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor. It can keep a missionary actively winning lost men to the light of the gospel and thus transmute itself into heavenly values. Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality.
  • The fact is that, we are not producing saints. We are making converts to an effete type of Christianity, that bears little resemblance to that of the New Testament. The average so-called Bible Christian of our times is but a shallow display of true sainthood. Yet, we put millions of dollars behind movements’ to perpetuate this lower form of religion and attack the man who dares to challenge the wisdom of it.
  • The trouble is that the whole ‘accept Christ’ attitude is likely to be wrong. It shows Christ applying to us rather than us to him. It makes him stand hat-in-hand awaiting our verdict on him, instead of our kneeling with troubled hearts awaiting his verdict on us. It may even permit us to accept Christ by an impulse of mind or emotions, painlessly, at no loss to our ego and no inconvenience to our usual way of life.
  • If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered in order that He might win; He destroyed His enemies by dying for them and conquered death by allowing death to conquer Him.
  • A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of [circumstances]… The man who is ambitious to lead is disqualified as a leader. The true leader will have no desire to lord it over God’s heritage, but will be humble, gentle, self-sacrificing and altogether ready to follow when the Spirit chooses another to lead.
  • Whatever God can do faith can do, and whatever faith can do prayer can do when it is offered in faith. An invitation to prayer is, therefore, an invitation to omnipotence, for prayer engages the Omnipotent God and brings Him into our human affairs. Nothing is impossible to the man who prays in faith, just as nothing is impossible with God. This generation has yet to prove all that prayer can do for believing men and women.
  • Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves – blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.
  • God’s justice stands forever against the sinner in utter severity. The vague and tenuous hope that God is ‘too kind’ to punish the ungodly has become deadly opiate for the consciences of millions. It hushes their fears and allows them to practice all pleasant forms of iniquity while death draws everyday nearer and the command to repent goes unregarded. As responsible moral beings, we dare not so trifle with our eternal future.
  • Without doubt the emphasis in Christian teaching today should be on worship. There is little danger that we shall become merely worshipers and neglect the practical implications of the gospel. No one can long worship God in spirit and in truth before the obligation to holy service becomes too strong to resist. Fellowship with God leads straight to obedience and good works. That is the divine order and it can never be reversed.
  • Artificiality is one curse that will drop away the moment we kneel at Jesus’ feet and surrender ourselves to His meekness. Then we will not care what people think of us so long as God is pleased. Then what we are will be everything; what we appear will take its place far down the scale of interest for us. Apart from sin we have nothing of which to be ashamed. Only an evil desire to shine makes us want to appear other than we are.
  • Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.
  • One of the purest souls ever to live on this fallen planet was Nicholas Herman, known as Brother Lawrence. He wrote very little, but what he wrote has seemed to several generations of Christians to be so rare and so beautiful as to deserve a place near the top among the world’s great books of devotion. The writings of Brother Lawrence are the ultimate in simplicity; ideas woven like costly threads to make a pattern of great beauty.
  • To accept Christ is to know the meaning of the words ‘as he is, so are we in this world.’ We accept his friends as our friends, his enemies as our enemies, his ways as our ways, his rejection as our rejection, his cross as our cross, his life as our life and his future as our future. If this is what we mean when we advise the seeker to accept Christ, we had better explain it to him. He may get into deep spiritual trouble unless we do.
  • I find that many men and women are troubled by the thought that they are too small and inconsequential in the scheme of things. But that is not our real trouble – we are actually too big and too complex, for God made us in His image and we are too big to be satisfied with what the world offers us!.. Man is bored, because he is too big to be happy with that which sin is giving him. God has made him too great, his potential is too mighty.
  • There is no fear in love, but perfect love casteth out fear. Fear is a painful emotion that arises at the thought that we may be harmed or made to suffer. As long as we must trust for survival to our ability to out look or out maneuver the enemy, we have every good reason to be afraid. Fear is torment. To know that love is of God and to enter into the secret place leaning upon the arm of the Beloved, this and only this can cast out fear.
  • When Jesus died on the cross the mercy of God did not become any greater. It could not become any greater, for it was already infinite. We get the odd notion that God is showing mercy because Jesus died. No–Jesus died because God is showing mercy. It was the mercy of God that gave us Calvary, not Calvary that gave us mercy. If God had not been merciful there would have been no incarnation, no babe in the manger, no man on a cross and no open tomb.
  • When we try to imagine what God is like we must of necessity use that-which-is-not- God as the raw material for our minds to work on; hence whatever we visualize God to be, He is not, for we have constructed our image out of that which He has made and what He has made is not God. If we insist upon trying to imagine Him, we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts; and an idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand.
  • Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another thing from admitting there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering.
  • I do not think I exaggerate when I say that some of us put our offering in the plate with a kind of triumphant bounce as much as to say: “There – now God will feel better!” I am obliged to tell you that God does not need anything you have. He does not need a dime of your money. It is your own spiritual welfare at stake in such matters as these. You have the right to keep what you have all to yourself – but it will rust and decay, and ultimately ruin you.
  • To admit the existence of a need in God is to admit incompleteness in the divine Being. Need is a creature-word and cannot be spoken of the Creator. God has a voluntary relationg to everything He has made, but He has no Necessary relation to anything outside of Himself. His interest in His creatures arises from His sovereign good pleasure, not from any need those creatures can supply nor from any completeness they can dring to Him who is complete in himself.
  • How unutterably sweet is the knowledge that our Heavenly Father knows us completely. No talebearer can inform on us; no enemy can make an accusation stick; no forgotten skeleton can come tumbling out of some hidden closet to abash us and expose out past; no unsuspected weakness in our characters can come to light to turn God away from us, since He knew us utterly before we knew him and called us to Himself in the full knowledge of everything that was against us.
  • Before the Christian Church goes into eclipse anywhere there must first be a corrupting of her simple basic theology. She simply gets a wrong answer to the question ‘What is God like?’ and goes on from there. Though she may continue to cling to a sound nominal creed, her practical working creed has become false. The masses of her adherents come to believe that God is different from what He actually is; and that is heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind
  • Let no one imagine that he will lose anything of human dignity by this voluntary sell-out of his all to his God. He does not by this degrade himself as a man; rather he finds his right place of high honor as one made in the image of his Creator. His deep disgrace lay in his moral derangement, his unnatural usurpation of the place of God. His honor will be proved by restoring again that stolen throne. In exalting God over all, he finds his own highest honor upheld.
  • Worship is to feel in the heart . . . it is an attitude and a state of mind. It is a sustained act, subject to varying degrees of intensity and perfection . . . Real worship is, among other things, a feeling about the Lord our God . . . It is in our hearts. And we must be willing to express it in an appropriate manner. If we love the Lord and are led by His Holy Spirit, our worship will always bring a delighted sense of admiring awe and a sincere humility on our part.
  • I do not recall another period when ‘faith’ was as popular as it is today. If only we believe hard enough we’ll make it somehow.’ So goes the popular chant. What you believe is not important. Only believe… What is overlooked in all this is that faith is good only when it engages truth; when it is made to rest upon falsehood it can and often does lead to eternal tragedy. For it is not enough that we believe; we must believe the right thing about the right One.
  • We cannot grasp the true meaning of the divine holiness by thinking of someone or something very pure and then raising the concept to the highest degree we are capable of. God’s holiness is not simply the best we know infinitely bettered. We know nothing like the divine holiness. It stands apart, unique, unapproachable, incomprehensible and unattainable. The natural man is blind to it. He may fear God’s power and admire His wisdom, but His holiness he cannot even imagine.
  • Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be, were they to become ‘unity’ conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
  • If He put tribulation before you and said He will give you patience by giving you a little trouble along the way, wouldn’t you take a little trouble? You say, ‘Lord, I want all my highways paved.’ the Lord says, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t accommodate you. I’m going to let you run over some bumps occasionally, so you will have patience.’ You do not like the bumps, but you like the patience, and if you want the patience, you will have to take the bumps. And what is patience but experience?
  • Let us think of a Christian believer in whose life the twin wonders of repentance and the new birth have been wrought. He is now living according to the will of God as he understands it from the written Word. Of such a one it may be said that every act of his life is or can be as truly sacred as prayer or baptism or the Lord’s Supper. To say this is not to bring all acts down to one dead level; it is rather to lift every act up into a living kingdom and turn the whole of life into a sacrament.
  • Grace is the good pleasure of God that inclines him to bestow benefits upon the undeserving. It is a self-existent principle inherent in the divine nature and appears to us as a self-caused propensity to pity the wretched, spare the guilty, welcome the outcast, and bring into favor those who were before under just disapprobation. Its use to us sinful men is to save us and make us sit together in heavenly places to demonstrate to the ages the exceeding riches of God’s kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
  • If we would find God amid all the religious externals we must first determine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity. Now as always God discovers Himself to “babes” and hides Himself in thick darkness from the wise and the prudent. We must simplify our approach to Him. We must strip down to essentials (and they will be found to be blessedly few). We must put away all effort to impress, and come with the guileless candor of childhood. If we do this, without doubt God will quickly respond.
  • The church has lost her testimony. She has no longer anything to say to the world. Her once robust shout of assurance has faded away to an apologetic whisper. She who one time went out to declare now goes out to inquire. Her dogmatic declaration has become a respectful suggestion, a word of religious advice, given with the understanding that it is after all only an opinion and not meant to sound bigoted. Pure Christianity, instead of being shaped by its culture, actually stands in sharp opposition to it.
  • Between the scribe who has read and the prophet who has seen there is a difference as wide as the sea. We are today overrun with orthodox scribes, but the prophets, where are they? The hard voice of the scribe sounds over evangelicalism, but the Church waits for the tender voice of the saint who has penetrated the veil and has gazed with inward eye upon the Wonder that is God. And yet, thus to penetrate, to push in sensitive living experience into the holy Presence, is a privilege open to every child of God.
  • We now demand glamour and fast-flowing dramatic action. A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals…The tragic results of this spirit all all about us: shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies…the glorification of men, trust is religious externalities….salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit. These and such of these are the symptoms of an evil disease.
  • If man had written the Gospels – say Shakespeare or Eugene O’Neill – the story of the gospel would have been drastically different. They would have placed the prince in halls and palaces and had him walking among the great. They would have had him surrounded by the important and significant of the time. Potentates and kings would have been His companions. But how sweetly common was the real God-man; though He had inhabited all eternity, He had come down and was subject to the rising and the setting of the sun.
  • The Lordship of Jesus Christ is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of religious emotion. Or if it is taught as a theory in the classroom it is rarely applied to practical living. The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute final authority over the whole church and over its members in every detail of their lives is simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians.
  • What we need very badly these days is a company of Christians who are prepared to trust God as completely now as they know they must do at the last day… It would be better to invite God now to remove every false trust, to disengage our hearts from all secret hiding places and to bring us out into the open where we can discover for ourselves whether or not we actually trust Him. That is a harsh cure for our troubles, but it is a sure one. Gentler cures may be too weak to do the work. And time is running out on us.
  • God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.
  • To square the records, however, it should be said that if the Calvinist does not rise as high, he usually stays up longer. He places more emphasis on the Holy Scriptures which never change, while his opposite number (as the newspapers say) tends to judge his spiritual condition by the state of his feelings, which change constantly. This may be the reason that so many Calvinistic churches remain orthodox for centuries, at least in doctrine, while many churches of the Arminian persuasion often go liberal in one generation.
  • I must be frank in my feeling that a notable heresy has come into being throughout our evangelical Christian circles — the widely accepted concept that we humans can choose to accept Christ only because we need Him as Saviour and that we have the right to postpone our obedience to Him as Lord as long as we want to… The truth is that salvation apart from obedience is unknown in the sacred scripture… Apart from obedience, there can be no salvation, for salvation without obedience is a self-contradictory impossibility.
  • The constantly recurring question must be: What shall we unite with and from what shall we separate? The question of coexistence does not enter here, but the question of union and fellowship does. The wheat grows in the same field as the tares, but shall the two cross-pollinate? The sheep graze near the goats, but shall they seek to interbreed? The unjust and the just enjoy the same rain and sunshine, but shall they forget their deep moral differences and intermarry? … The Spirit-illuminated church will have none of this
  • Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.
  • All nature has come to expect from God a sense of orderliness. Whatever God does carries with it His fingerprint. And in the world around us His fingerprint of orderliness is evident to anybody who is honest with the facts. If you look at nature, you will discover a mathematical exactness. Without this precision, the entire world would be in utter confusion. One plus one always equals two no matter what part of the universe you happen to be in. And the laws of nature operate in beautiful harmony, a harmony that is ordered by God Himself.
  • It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” God actually rises up storms of conflict in relationships at times in order to accomplish that deeper work in our character. We cannot love our enemies in our own strength. This is graduate-level grace. Are you willing to enter this school? Are you willing to take the test? If you pass, you can expect to be elevated to a new level in the Kingdom. For He brings us through these tests as preparation for greater use in the Kingdom. You must pass the test first.
  • The Bible is the written word of God, and because it is written it is confined and limited by the necessities of ink and paper and leather. The Voice of God, however, is alive and free as the sovereign God is free. ‘The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.’ The life is in the speaking words. God’s word in the Bible can have power only because it corresponds to God’s Word in the universe. It is the present Voice which makes the written word powerful. Otherwise it would lie locked in slumber within the covers of a book.
  • Our mistake is that we want God to send revival on our terms. We want to get the power of God into our hands, to call it to us that it may work for us in promoting and furthering our kind of Christianity. We want still to be in charge, guiding the chariot through the religious sky in the direction we want it to go, shouting “Glory to God,” but modestly accepting a share of the glory for ourselves in a nice inoffensive sort of way. We are calling on God to send fire on our altars, completely ignoring the fact that they are OUR altars and not God’s.
  • It is the Spirit of Christ in us that will draw satan’s fire. The people of the world will not much care what we believe and they will stare vacantly at our religious forms, but there is one thing they will never forgive us-the presence of God’s Spirit in our hearts. They may not know the cause of that strange feeling of antagonism which rises within them, but it will be nonetheless real and dangerous. satan will never cease to make war on the Man-child, and the soul in which dwells the Spirit of Christ will continue to be the target for his attacks.
  • A real Christian in an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passes knowledge.
  • In every Christian’s Heart, there is a cross and a throne, and the Christian is on the throne till he puts himself on the cross; if he refuses the cross, he remains on the throne. Perhaps this is at the bottom of the backsliding and worldliness among Gospel believers today. We want to be saved, but we insist that Christ do all the dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the little kingdom of man’s soul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a caesar; but we doom ourselves to shadows and weakness and spiritual sterility.
  • God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory, I pray Thee, so that I may know Thee indeed. Begin in mercy a new work of love within me. Say to my soul, ‘Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.’ Then give me grace to rise and follow Thee up from this misty lowland where I have wandered so long.
  • The spiritual man habitually makes eternity-judgments instead of time-judgments. By faith he rises above the tug of earth and the flow of time and learns to think and feel as one who has already left the world and gone to join the innumerable company of angels and the general assembly and Church of the First-born which are written in heaven. Such a man would rather be useful than famous and would rather serve than be served. And all this must be by the operation of the Holy Spirit within him. No man can become spiritual by himself. Only the free Spirit can make a man spiritual.
  • To avoid the hard necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instructions of our Lord in the New Testament we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. We evangelicals also know how to avoid the sharp point of obedience by means of fine and intricate explanations. These are tailor-made for the flesh. They excuse disobedience, comfort carnality and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that Christ simply could not have meant what He said. His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by interpretation.

 

 

Max Lucado (quotes)

  • Worry divides the mind.
  • Every person is unique.
  • No place is too common.
  • No distance is too far.
  • Find joy in the ordinary.
  • No person is too hardened.
  • Meet your fears with faith.
  • God has work for you to do.
  • There’s no limit to God’s love.
  • God’s solution is a prayer away!
  • I am very confident in preaching.
  • God has no cousins, only children.
  • God forgets the past… Imitate Him.
  • We’re all travelers, all sojourners.
  • Though you see nothing, he is acting.
  • When grace moves in… guilt moves out
  • When Christ was born, so was our hope.
  • Jesus came to save us from our own sins.
  • Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia
  • Nails didn’t hold God to a cross. Love did.
  • No one can pray and worry at the same time.
  • The only mistake is not to risk making one.
  • You change your life by changing your heart.
  • Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.
  • The worship of safety emasculates greatness.
  • Christ became one of us to redeem all of us.
  • God sees in you a masterpiece about to happen
  • Let your failures refine you, not define you.
  • Has worrying about tomorrow every changed it?
  • Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter
  • God loves you because He has chosen to do so.
  • Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.
  • A nation is blessed when it has godly leaders.
  • Worship is the thank you that can’t be silenced
  • The duty of the branch is to cling to the vine.
  • When no one is watching, live as if someone is.
  • If you have a pulse, you’re going to have pain.
  • Children spell love with four letters: T-I-M-E.
  • God is faithful even when his children are not.
  • The Bible is God’s Word given in man’s language
  • Because of Bethlehem, I have a friend in heaven.
  • God loves us too much to indulge our every whim.
  • It’s okay to rest. Jesus fights when you cannot.
  • Baptism is the initial step of a faithful heart.
  • Mark it down. You will never go where God is not.
  • The path marked Pride will lead you over a cliff.
  • God is near whether you sense His presence or not.
  • God answers the mess of life with one word: Grace.
  • Faith is the bird that sings while it is yet dark.
  • God has forgiven you; you’d be wise to do the same
  • God’s mercies are new every morning. Receive them.
  • If hurts were hairs, we’d all look like grizzlies.
  • God is always near us. Always for us. Always in us.
  • God would rather give up His son..than give up on us
  • God wants no one to leave our presence empty handed.
  • The greater your cares, the more genuine your prayers
  • When you read the Bible, it’s as though it reads you.
  • Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity.
  • Don’t be defined by your failures, be refined by them.
  • Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist.
  • Does God understand you? Find the answer in Bethlehem.
  • If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.
  • No one can do everything, but everyone can do something
  • It’s not about winning or losing, but love and respect.
  • Baptism separates the tire kickers from the car buyers.
  • Hiding out with the enemy brings only temporary relief.
  • Christ entered our world. As a result, we can enter His.
  • The lack of God-centeredness leads to self-centeredness.
  • The one thing that I cannot do without each day is hope.
  • We forget that IMPOSSIBLE is one of God’s favorite words
  • God can’t fill you when you are already full of yourself.
  • In a world of upward mobility, choose downward servility.
  • Since you know God understands, you can boldly go to him.
  • Seek beauty and miss love. But seek love and find both.
  • God has the final word on your life and His word is grace.
  • I’ve never really prided myself as being quick on my feet.
  • Be quick to pray. Stop talking to yourself. Talk to Christ.
  • We must face them. Yet we need not face them alone.
  • Focus on giants – you stumble. Focus on God – Giants tumble.
  • God’s present is his presence. His greatest gift is himself.
  • Our tendency is to be converted to church and not to Christ.
  • A few songs with Him might change the way you sing. Forever.
  • How we handle our tough times stays with us for a long time.
  • Give your problems to Christ before your problems get to you.
  • When God is all you have, then all you have, is all you need.
  • Your requests change history because your prayers change God!
  • As we meditate on Christ’s life, we find strength for our own.
  • The Land of Promise is for those who simply remain to the end.
  • Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
  • You’re never without hope, because you’re never without prayer.
  • See your enemies, not as God’s failures, but as God’s projects.
  • Your home is your giant-size privilege, your towering priority.
  • God does uncommon things through common people in common places.
  • Baptism is bowing before the Father and letting him do his work.
  • Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
  • You are the only you God made… God made you and broke the mold.
  • Christmas is best pondered, not with logic, but with imagination.
  • My main concern is with the anxiety that has settled upon America.
  • Don’t quit. For if you do, you may miss the answer to your prayers.
  • God would prefer we have an occasional limp than a perpetual strut.
  • Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does.
  • If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace.
  • The path marked Humility will take you to the manger of the Messiah.
  • When all of earth turns against you, all of heaven turns toward you.
  • God’s delight is received upon surrender, not awarded upon conquest.
  • Changing directions in life is not tragic. Losing passion in life is.
  • He promises a lamp unto our feet, not a crystal ball into the future.
  • You will never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.
  • Write today’s worries in sand. Chisel yesterday’s victories in stone.
  • What makes a Christian a Christian is not perfection but forgiveness.
  • A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
  • Each one of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.
  • Deflating inflated egos is so important to God that He offers to help.
  • Your serenity matters to heaven. God’s presence encapsulates your life.
  • God does not relish our sufferings, but He delights in our development.
  • You’ll regret opening your mouth. You’ll rarely regret keeping it shut.
  • Don’t measure the size of the mountain; talk to the One who can move it.
  • With God, every day matters, every person counts. And that includes you.
  • Remember, you are special because I made you. And I don’t make mistakes.
  • God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way.
  • Jesus took your punishment, and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection.
  • If you knew Jesus was coming tomorrow, what would you do today? Then do it!
  • The cross is where God forgave his children without lowering his standards.
  • A little rain can straighten a flower stem. A little love can change a life.
  • The ultimate solution to POVERTY is found in the COMPASSION of God’s people.
  • Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth. What an amazing thought!
  • Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.
  • May you live in such a way that your death is just the beginning of your life.
  • Sow seeds of hope and enjoy optimism. Sow seeds of doubt and expect insecurity
  • It’s always better to step down from the pedestal than to be pulled off of it.
  • We enjoy the fruit of the first coming but anticipate the glory of the second.
  • We’re grateful when all is well, but can we say the same on disastrous days?
  • When we put someone in our jail cell of hatred, we are stuck guarding the door.
  • The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim God’s plan to save His children.
  • There’s an antidote to our fears- trust. If we trust God more,we can fear less.
  • People are watching the way we act, more than they are listening to what we say.
  • Those who successfully go through tough times do so because they keep insisting.
  • Scripture often reminds us that it’s not enough to have ears – we must use them.
  • Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts… it flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
  • Feed your fears and your faith will starve. Feed your faith, and your fears will.
  • The manger dares us to believe the best is yet to be. And it could all begin today.
  • You’re special-not because of what you have. You’re special because of who you are.
  • Every other religion is a salvation by self, Christianity is a salvation by Christ.
  • God gives us people to love and things to use, not things to love and people to use.
  • The great promise of Scripture is that every day is a day that’s worth rejoicing in.
  • Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God’s house is a place of peace.
  • Prayer is the hand of faith on the door knob of your heart, inviting Jesus to enter.
  • As long as you are stationary, no one will complain. Dogs don’t bark at parked cars.
  • I don’t know how to answer the problem of deep pain without a deep hope in eternity.
  • The pulpit is no place for self-promotion. It is a great place for self-deprecation.
  • Jesus came to save us, not just from politics, enemies, challenges, or difficulties.
  • Anxiety and fear are cousins but not twins. Fear sees a threat. Anxiety imagines one.
  • You are God’s child. His creation. Destined for heaven. You are a part of his family.
  • My conversations with Trump supporters have left me with more questions than answers.
  • Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off.
  • A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
  • What if you woke up this morning and had only the things you thanked God for yesterday?
  • Stay strong! Your test will become your test-imony, your mess will become your mess-age.
  • God is God. He knows what he is doing. When you can’t trace his hand, trust his heart.
  • Apple trees bear apples, wheat stalks produce wheat, and forgiven people forgive people.
  • God has proven himself as a faithful father. Now it falls to us to be trusting children.
  • Thats usually what I gravitate to, I read The Perfect Storm, then I read Into Thin Air .
  • Are you weary? Catch your breath. Are you strong? Reserve passing judgment on the tired.
  • Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so we might see the blessings we possess.
  • You are never more like Jesus than when you pray for others. Pray for this hurting world.
  • If God is enough for you, then you’ll always have enough, because you’ll always have God.
  • He loves each one of us like there is only one of us to love (when God whisper your name)
  • Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free and realising you were the prisoner!
  • God loves people just the way they are, but He loves them too much to leave them that way!
  • Honesty and vulnerability endear us to people; they don’t endanger us in our relationship.
  • Refusing to forgive is like ingesting a lethal dose of poison and hoping it kills my enemy.
  • Never underestimate the power that comes when a parent pleads with God on behalf of a child.
  • We may forget him, but God will never forget us. We’re forever on his mind and in his plans.
  • Answer the big question of eternity, and the little questions of life fall into perspective.
  • When Jesus died on the cross, so did your sin; when He rose from the dead, so did your HOPE.
  • Jesus gives us hope because He keeps us company, has a vision and knows the way we should go.
  • God’s highest desire is not to make us rich, successful or popular. His goal is to make us His
  • God leads us. God will do the right thing at the right time. And what a difference that makes.
  • Whether or not storms come, we can not choose. But where we stare during a storm, that we can.
  • You wonder if God has a place for a person like you. Find your answer in the Bethlehem stable.
  • His is a joy which consequences cannot quench. His is a peace which circumstances cannot steal.
  • I think there is something about a story that is enduring. Stories take on a life of their own.
  • Don’t see yourself as a product of your parents DNA, but rather as a brand new idea from heaven.
  • We celebrate the First Advent to whet our appetites for the Second. We long for the next coming.
  • The church is never a place to show off. Do your good deeds quietly. Serve; don’t seek to be seen
  • Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished but because the innocent are merciful.
  • You may go days without thinking of God, but there’s never a moment when He’s not thinking of you.
  • Of all the things you must earn in life, God’s unending affection is not one of them. You have it.
  • When you keep the porch light on for the prodigal child, you do what God does every single moment.
  • The sinless One took on the face of a sinner so that we sinners could take on the face of a saint.
  • Never let the church become a place where it’s just a Las Vegas display place for you to show off.
  • To me that’s always a little satisfying – to find an underdeveloped topic and start developing it.
  • God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.
  • Can you imagine a life with no fear? What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats?
  • Which would you prefer? To be king of the mountain for a day? Or to be a child of God for eternity?
  • The next time you are called to suffer, pay attention. It may be the closest you’ll ever get to God.
  • Anger is the noise of the soul; the unseen irritant of the heart; the relentless invader of silence.
  • Sin is not an unfortunate slip or a regrettable act; it is a posture of defiance against a holy God.
  • The moment Mary touched God’s face is the moment God made his case: there’s no place he will not go.
  • Faith is the conviction that God knows more than we do about this life and He will get us through it.
  • The people who make a difference are not the ones with the credentials but the ones with the concern.
  • The life of Jesus Christ is a message of hope, a message of mercy, a message of life in a dark world.
  • Philosophers can debate the meaning of life, but you need a Lord who can declare the meaning of life.
  • There is no way our little minds can comprehend the love of God. But that didn’t keep him from coming.
  • God meets daily needs daily. Not weekly or annually. He will give you what you need when it is needed.
  • Love the one who wears your ring. And cherish the children who share your name. Succeed at home first.
  • Forgiveness doesn’t diminish justice; it just entrusts it to God. He guarantees the right retribution.
  • When you’re full of yourself, God can’t fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel.
  • Da Vinci painted one Mona Lisa. Beethoven composed one Fifth Symphony. And God made one version of you.
  • If we are to be just like Jesus, we must have regular time of talking to God and listening to his Word.
  • Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.
  • God is kind, but he is not soft. He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life change.
  • What Christ does in us and through us will always be ‘exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.’
  • In the manger God loves you; through the cross God saves you. But has he taken you to his home? Not yet.
  • Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace… & nothing fosters fear like an ignorance of mercy
  • If today were your last, would you do what you’re doing? Or would you love more, give more, forgive more?
  • Worry is irrelevant. It alters nothing. When was the last time you solved a problem by worrying about it?
  • But it is in storms that God does his finest work, for it is in storms that God has our keenest attention
  • Others have promised and failed. But God has promised and succeeded. He loves you with an unfailing love.
  • God comes on his own terms. He comes when commands are revered, hearts are clean, and confession is made.
  • When you read that our heavenly home is similar to a bride, tell me, doesn’t it make you want to go home.
  • When God gives an assignment, he also gives the skill. Study your skills, then, to reveal your assignment.
  • God is not a miser with his grace. Your cup may be low in cash or clout, but it is overflowing with mercy.
  • I believe for God not to allow pain to happen in the world is for Him to extract free will from the world.
  • For those who never pray, maybe now you will. For those of us who attempt to pray, maybe we can pray more.
  • If your God is mighty enough to ignite the sun, could it be that He is mighty enough to light your path?
  • To the loved, a word of affection is a morsel; but to the love-starved, a word of affection can be a feast.
  • The difference between mercy and grace? Mercy gave the prodigal son a second chance. Grace gave him a feast.
  • God’s blessings are dispensed according to the riches of his grace, not according to the depth of our faith.
  • God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors and blemishes. But He also sees our value.
  • God will use your mess for good. We see a perfect mess; God sees a perfect chance to train, test , and teach.
  • Courage does not panic; it prays. Courage does not bemoan; it believes. Courage does not languish; it listens
  • When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or a favor from God, but God Himself, we cross a threshold.
  • I see that a lot in my own life and in the lives of others.Does the presence of pain mean the absence of God?
  • Since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior. He became like us, so we could become like Him.
  • No one can pray and worry at the same time. When we worry, we aren’t praying. When we pray, we aren’t worrying.
  • No one wants your worries…not even you. Anxiety comes at a high cost. Let Jesus lead you beside still waters.
  • Today’s belief is tomorrow’s behavior. If you want to be happier person tomorrow, sow seeds of happiness today.
  • God never promises to remove us from our struggles. He does promise, however, to change the way we look at them.
  • The mind that is full of God is empty of anxiety. Are you troubled, restless, sleepless? Then think of God more!
  • To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance. To see them in tandem is conversion.
  • God has enough grace to solve every dilemma you face, wipe every tear you cry, and answer every question you ask.
  • Our belief in God is not blind faith. Belief is having a firm conviction something is true, not hoping it’s true.
  • You are valuable because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done – but simply because you are.
  • On the eve of the cross, Jesus made his decision. He would rather go to hell for you than go to heaven without you.
  • I simply think God is greater than our weakness. In fact, I think it is our weakness that reveals how great God is.
  • When a Christian stops growing, help is needed. If you are the same Christian you were a few months ago, be careful.
  • Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day.
  • Christ lived the life we could not live and took the punishment we could not take to offer the hope we cannot resist.
  • Your pain has a purpose. Your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end-the glory of God.
  • God’s love never ceases. Never… God doesn’t love us less if we fail or more if we succeed. God’s love never ceases.
  • Faithful servants have a way of knowing answered prayer when they see it, and a way of not giving up when they don’t.
  • I think a story is an attention grabber. I think it’s a truth conveyor. Those are two great features of a good story.
  • Don’t equate the presence of God with a good mood or a pleasant temperament. God is near whether you are happy or not.
  • Where we might think of sin as slip-ups or missteps, God views sin as a godless attitude that leads to godless action.
  • Ggrace is God’s best idea – it’s His decision to ravage people by love, to rescue passionately, and to restore justly.
  • Christianity teaches salvation by grace through faith, every other religion teaches salvation through works and merit.
  • Blessed are those who know what on earth they are here on earth to do and set themselves about the business of doing it.
  • God is able to place stars in their sockets & suspend sky like a curtain; surely He is mighty enough to light your path.
  • Reading the Bible can be like meeting someone you don’t know who, oddly, somehow seems to know you deeply. It’s uncanny.
  • In the great orchestra we call life, you have an instrument and a song, and you owe it to God to play them both sublimely.
  • You can climb too high for your own good. Linger too long at high altitudes and your hearing dulls and your eyesight dims.
  • It’s up to me to promote my faith and somebody else to promote theirs. Let the government just protect our right to do so.
  • Is it possible for an unbaptized believer to be saved? Yes, definitely. Should every believer be baptized? Yes, definitely.
  • The presence of fear does not mean you have no faith. Fear visits everyone. But make your fear a visitor and not a resident.
  • The next time you’re disappointed, don’t panic. Don’t give up. Just be patient and let God remind you He’s still in control.
  • If Jesus heals instantly, praise Him. If Jesus heals gradually, trust Him. When Jesus heals ultimately, you will understand.
  • Regardless of the circumstances that surrounded your arrival, you are not an accident. God planned you before you were born.
  • I want a real take-home quality to the sermon, so I built the whole sermon series around the word grace, those five letters.
  • The meaning of life. The wasted years of life. The poor choices of life. God answers the mess of life with one word: ‘grace.’
  • Don’t worry about having the right words; worry more about having the right heart. It’s not eloquence he seeks, just honesty.
  • Jesus tends to his people individually. He personally sees to our needs. We all receive Jesus’ touch. We experience his care.
  • Your goal is not to know every detail of the future. Your goal is to hold the hand of the One who does and never, ever let go.
  • The Bible is the story of two gardens. Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand.
  • The Bible teaches us that God does not cause pain, but that He uses pain and evil to advance His cause and shape His servants.
  • In our faith we follow in someone’s steps. In our faith we leave footprints to guide others. It’s the principle of discipleship
  • No person [should] walk out into the world to begin the day until he or she has stood beneath the cross to receive God’s love.
  • Discover this mystery: as you help others face their days, you put life into your own. And life is exactly what many people need.
  • God is not troubled by one who is conservative or liberal, and He certainly never inclines His ear toward a donkey or an elephant.
  • Vengeance fixes your attention on life’s ugliest moments. Is this where you want to look? Remember: God dispenses perfect justice.
  • If there are a thousand steps between us and God, He will take all but one. He will leave the final one for us. The choice is ours.
  • The maker of the stars would rather die for you than live without you. And that is a fact. So if you need to brag, brag about that.
  • To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether.
  • Fear will always knock on your door. Just don’t invite it in for dinner. And for heaven’s sake, don’t offer it a bed for the night.
  • Worry is to joy what a Hoover vacuum cleaner is to dirt: might as well attach your heart to a happiness-sucker and flip the switch.
  • When grace happens, we receive not a nice compliment from God but a new heart. Give your heart to Christ, and he returns the favor.
  • He saw you in your own Gethsemane and He didn’t want you to be alone..He would rather go to hell for you than to haven without you.
  • Our God is abundant in love and steadfast in mercy. He saves us, not because we trust in a symbol, but because we trust in a Savior.
  • The English name Jesus traces its origin to the Hebrew word Yeshua. Yeshua is a shortening of Yehoshuah, which means “Yahweh saves.”
  • When we submit to God’s plans, we can trust our desires. Our assignment is found at the intersection of God’s plan and our pleasures.
  • We need hope. There’s nothing worse than to live a life of despair. For a person to have no hope just sucks the blue out of every sky.
  • You are who God says you are. Spiritually alive. Heavenly positioned. Connected to the Father. A billboard of mercy. An honored child.
  • Prayer lets God do what he does best. Take a pebble & kill a Goliath. Take the common, make it spectacular! Pray & see what He can do.
  • Yesterday you can’t alter, but your reaction to yesterday you can. The past you cannot change, but your response to your past you can.
  • I choose love. No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness, I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
  • There is no religion like Christianity, it is not one religion among others, it is completely different, its mixing apples and oranges.
  • If God was willing to wrap himself in rags and drink from a mother’s breast, then all questions about his love for us are off the table.
  • Forgiveness is not saying that the one who hurt you was right. Forgiveness is stating that God is faithful and he will do what is right.
  • Though the Bible was written over sixteen centuries by at least forty authors, it has one central theme-salvation through faith in Christ.
  • When we’re in the middle of a difficult time, we have to speak against that lie that says, “God is not here.” We have to draw near to God.
  • A story does that: it will reach out and hook somebody and hold them for just a few moments while you unpack this story in their presence.
  • The One who saved your soul longs to remake your heart. Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. Perhaps in seeing Him, we will see what we can become!
  • Humility has such power. Apologies can disarm arguments. Contrition can defuse rage. Olive branches do more good than battle axes ever will.
  • No place is too common. No person is too hardened. No distance is too far. There’s no person God cannot reach. There’s no limit to his love.
  • You see, it’s one thing to accept Him as Lord, another to recognize Him as Savior – but it’s another matter entirely to accept Him as Father.
  • To have a pure heart, we must submit all thoughts to the authority of Christ. If we are willing to do that, he will change us to be like him.
  • Were it not for the shepherds, there would have been no reception. And were it not for a group of stargazers, there would have been no gifts.
  • You may be transferred, enlisted, commissioned, reassigned, or hospitalized – but brand this on your heart – you can never go where God is not.
  • I try to help people see that God uses pain, that pain is one of the ways God shapes us into the kind of beings He wants us to be for eternity.
  • But by faith you look in the mirror and see a robed prodigal bearing the ring of grace on your finger and the kiss of your Father on your face.
  • Though we may not be able to see His purpose or His plan, the Lord of heaven is on His throne and in firm control of the universe and our lives.
  • Yes, your family history has some sad chapters. But your history doesn’t have to be your future. The generational garbage can stop here and now.
  • The past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.
  • No one can teach your child like you can. No nanny, Bible school teacher, aunt, or uncle has your authority. What a phenomenal privilege is yours.
  • If you concern yourself with your neighbor’s talents, you’ll neglect your own. But if you concern yourself with yours, you could inspire both!
  • God does not exist to make a big deal out of us. We exist to make a big deal out of him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It’s all about him.
  • The Bible urges us to be respectful to all people, especially people with whom we have disagreements, to never libel people, to never label people.
  • The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy.
  • There is a difference between grace and mercy. Mercy is the decision of God not to punish us. But grace is the decision of God to save and bless us.
  • Heaven is beyond our imagination . . . . At our most creative moment, at our deepest thought, at our highest level, we still cannot fathom eternity.
  • Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart – poisoned as it is with pride and pain – and replacing it with his own.
  • Be a child again. Flirt. Giggle. Dip your cookies in your milk. Take a nap. Say you’re sorry if you hurt someone. Chase a butterfly. Be a child again.
  • God is able to accomplish, provide, help, save, keep, subdue… He is able to do what you can’t. He already has a plan. God’s not bewildered. Go to Him.
  • We exist to exhibit God, to display his glory. We serve as canvases for his brush stroke, papers for his pen, soil for his seeds, glimpses of his image.
  • To accept grace is to admit failure, a step we are hesitant to take. We opt to impress God with how good we are rather than confessing how great he is.
  • Prayer pushes us through life’s slumps, propels us over the humps and pulls us out of the dumps. Prayer is the oomph we need to get the answers we seek.
  • What is this love that endures decades, passes on sleep, and resists death to give one kiss? Call it agape love, a love that bears a semblance of God’s.
  • The magical dust of Christmas glittered on the cheeks of humanity ever so briefly, reminding us of what is worth having and what we were intended to be.
  • God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God.
  • When God looks at you, he doesn’t see you; he sees the One who surrounds you. That means that failure is not a concern for you. Your victory is secure.
  • If you are 8 hours a day in a job you hate, you’re not going to be a very good spouse; it can contribute to chemical dependency, financial mismanagement.
  • God knows what it’s like to be a human. When I talk to him about deadlines or long lines or tough times, he understands. He’s been there. He’s been here.
  • Bread of Life? Jesus lived up to the title. But an unopened loaf does a person no good. Have you received the bread? Have you received God’s forgiveness?
  • Be patient. God is using today’s difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow. He is equipping you. The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.
  • You’ll never know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have. Are you in the wilderness? Find refuge in God’s presence. Find comfort in his people.
  • There are certain weights in life you simply cannot carry. Your Lord is asking you to set them down and trust Him. What do you say we take God up on His offer?
  • You long for one true friend? You have one. And because you do, you have a choice. You can… ponder the malice of your monster or the kindness of your Christ.
  • What causes us to think of prayer as the last option rather than the first? I can think of two reasons: feelings of independence and feelings of insignificance.
  • We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.
  • I don’t like hassles. But I love Christmas because it reminds us how “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God” (Rom. 8:28 NLT).
  • Here’s what you need to keep in mind. You no longer have yesterday. You do not yet have tomorrow. You have only today. This is the day the Lord has made. Live in it.
  • Mark it down: God loves you with an unearthly love. You can’t win it by being winsome. You can’t lose it by being a loser. But you can be blind enough to resist it
  • I choose kindness… I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me
  • Let God have you, and let God love you – and don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before.
  • God sends his angels to protect us and his Word as a star to guide us. Then he surrounds us with his grace. We become his depot, the distribution point of God’s gifts.
  • I think the one thing that I cannot do without each day is hope. If you put me in a position where you took all my hope away, I’m not sure I could make it through the day.
  • Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed; no it is far greater than that. It is a zany, unpredictable dependence on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks.
  • God, the Master Weaver. He stretches the yarn and intertwines the colors, the ragged twine with the velvet strings, the pains with the pleasures. Nothing escapes his reach.
  • Want to snatch a day from the manacles of boredom? Do overgenerous deeds, acts beyond reimbursement. Kindness without compensation. Do a deed for which you cannot be repaid.
  • I don’t have any desire to retire in the sense of not doing anything. Because as long as the Lord gives me strength I want to keep writing and keep preaching. I love what I do.
  • If we can understand that death is not the end but is really a transition into the next life, the great part of life, that frees us up into receiving God’s courage and his help.
  • Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the One who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.
  • Compassion gives us a common ground to stand on regardless of your faith background. It gives us a chance to stand shoulder-to-shoulder rather than go fist-to-fist with somebody.
  • Indeed, baptism is a vow, a sacred vow of the believer to follow Christ. Just as a wedding celebrates the fusion of two hearts, baptism celebrates the union of sinner with Savior.
  • A book should be a garden that fits in the hands. Word-petals of color. Stems of strength. roots of truth. Turn a page and turn the seasons. Read the sentence and enjoy the roses.
  • The influence of the Church does not depend on the Church, it depends on the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit will never lose its influence. He is God and He is influencing society.
  • A season of suffering is a small assignment when compared to the reward. Rather than begrudge your problem, explore it. Ponder it. And most of all, use it. Use it to the glory of God.
  • We’re also a multi-site church, so we have other pastors on other campuses who want to read the message before the video plays on the weekend services. So it just works better for me.
  • You need someone to lift your spirits. You need someone to look you in the face and say, “This isn’t the end. Don’t give up. There is a better place than this. And I’ll lead you there.
  • We’re important, but not essential; valuable, but not indispensable. We have a part in the play, but we are not the main act. A song to sing, but we are not the featured voice. God is.
  • There is nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God. The leaves of life are rustling with the rumor that we will – and we won’t be satisfied until we do.
  • Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leave you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing, and listen as Heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”
  • I wanted to talk about how grace in and of itself changes us. It changes the way we treat other people, the way we view our lives, the way we treat our purpose and our eternal identity.
  • Just when the truth about life sinks in, His truth starts to surface. He takes us by the hand and dares us not to sweep the facts under the rug but to confront them with him at our side.
  • Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which one will you choose to heed?
  • I try to help people see they’re going to have these times in which they turn away, in which they deny Christ and their faith grows cold, their convictions weakened; but Jesus is waiting.
  • I believe ingratitude is the original sin. I believe if Adam and Eve had been grateful for the garden of Eden they had, they would not have been so focused on the one tree they didn’t have.
  • We act like God’s only good when the outcome is good. We say, ‘We’ve got a good God because I’ve got a good job.’ But what if I don’t have a good job? Does that mean God’s not good anymore?
  • The key is this: Meet today’s problems with today’s strength. Don’t start tackling tomorrow’s problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow’s strength yet. You simply have enough for today.
  • Does the presence of pain mean the absence of God? I try to help people see that God uses pain, that pain is one of the ways God shapes us into the kind of beings He wants us to be for eternity.
  • It’s my hope that as you dip your toe into the Bible’s story and viewpoint, you’ll find yourself feeling that the Good Book knows more about the world – and about you – than any normal book does.
  • One of the things I discover a lot in marriage counseling is the husband or wife trying to get their spiritual thirst quenched by their partner; I think that’s a real common mistake that we make.
  • Engage with the Bible. Meditate on it day and night. Think and rethink about God’s Word. Let it be your guide. Make it your go-to book for questions. Let it be the ultimate authority in your life.
  • Bethlehem was just the beginning. I call Jesus Christ’s next appearance, Bethlehem, Act 2. No silent night this time, however. The skies will open, trumpets will blast, and a new kingdom will begin.
  • God cast you in His play, wrote you into His story. He has a definite direction for your life. Fulfill it and enjoy fulfillment. Play the part God prepared for you and get ready for some great days.
  • I get one hour, really 25 minutes in a sermon on a weekend, to combat all the hours of the week that people are told you are what you have through billboards, commercials, and sitcoms, and so forth.
  • There is a canyon of difference between doing your best to glorify God and doing whatever it takes to glorify yourself. The quest for excellence is a mark of maturity. The quest for power is childish.
  • Let’s be the people who look at the hurting until we hurt with them. No hurrying past, turning away, or shifting of eyes. No pretending or glossing over. Let’s look at the face until we see the person.
  • You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.
  • The wizard [of Oz] says look inside yourself and find self. God says look inside yourself and find [the Holy Spirit]. The first will get you to Kansas. The latter will get you to heaven. Take your pick.
  • Not everybody can create a foundation that’s worth a billion dollars, but all of us can figure out those things we do. I really think God loves us too much to give us an assignment we don’t enjoy doing.
  • We (Christians) are always in the presence of God. There is never a non-sacred moment! His presence never diminishes. Our awareness of His presence may falter, but the reality of His presence never changes.
  • If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you!
  • God wants us to know we are saved, for saved people are dangerous people, willing to face off with the world, unafraid of the consequences since they know that, whatever happens, they will have eternal life.
  • I don’t think God is a gender. He presents himself as a father but he comes to us with the tenderness of a mother. In some of the parables, he is the housewife who cleans the house looking for the lost coin.
  • Theres some inherently unique characteristics of Christianity, the chief of which is that Christianity teaches that we are saved by what Christ has done for us, instead of we are saved by what we do for God.
  • Are you on the eve of change? Embrace it. Accept it. Don’t resist it. Change is not only a part of life, change is a necessary part of God’s strategy. To use us to change the world, he alters our assignments.
  • I choose gentleness… Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
  • In order to find Jesus, every one of us needs direction. God gives it. The story of the wise men shows us how. The star sign was enough to lead the magi to Jerusalem. But it took Scripture to lead them to Jesus.
  • It deeply concerns me that somebody who knows little or nothing about the Christian faith would hear Mr. Trump call himself a Christian and then make a decision based on the Christian faith, based on his behavior.
  • When you recognize God as Creator, you will admire Him. When you recognize His wisdom, you will learn from Him. When you discover His strength, you will rely on Him. But only when He saves you will you worship Him.
  • We preachers, people entrust us with their time week after week. I’m still stunned that people will let me talk to them for thirty minutes about anything I want to. It’s a wonderful treasure that we are to steward.
  • We see a hearse; we think sorrow. We see a grave; we think despair. We hear of a death; we think of a loss. Not so in heaven. When heaven sees a breathless body, it sees the vacated cocoon & the liberated butterfly.
  • Our task is to stand tall in God’s love, secure in our place, sparkling in kindness, surrounded by his goodness, freely giving to all who come our way. You, me, and the Christmas tree. Picked, purchased, and pruned.
  • You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. In the meantime don’t be foolish or na√Øve. But don’t despair either. With God’s help you will get through this.
  • Resentment is when you allow what’s eating you to eat you up. Revenge is the raging fire that consumes the arsonist. Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter. And mercy is the choice that can set them all free.
  • Our moods may shift, but God’s doesn’t. Our minds may change, but God’s doesn’t. Our devotion may falter, but God’s never does. Even if we are faithless, He is faithful, for He cannot betray himself. He is a sure God.
  • Maybe you’ve had the experience where somebody’s asked you a question and you give an answer, then later in the day you think, “Oh, I wish I’d said that!” I tend to journal these things and put the answers in sermons.
  • I was raised in the greatest of homes… just a really great dad, and I miss him so much… he was a good man, a real simple man… Very faithful, always loved my mom, always provided for the kids, and just a lot of fun.
  • You present a challenge to Satan’s plan. You carry something of God within you, something noble and holy, something the world needs – wisdom, kindness, mercy, skill. If Satan can neutralize you, he can mute your influence.
  • It works well for me to go ahead and prepare the sermon with a chapter in mind. What that does is to force me to be very thrifty in my language, tighten up my words and not ramble so much. It puts some fiber in the sermon.
  • The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim God’s plan to save His children. It asserts that man is lost and needs to be saved. And it communicates the message that Jesus is the God in the flesh sent to save His children.
  • The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. God’s highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim god’s plan and passion to save His children.
  • What we realize is number one, people want to know what the Bible says. In their heart, they want to know the Bible but it is just hard to understand the big picture of it. And number two, they want to know where they plug in.
  • And we need to share our story. Not with everyone but with someone. There is someone who is like you were. And he or she needs to know what God can do. Your honest portrayal of your past may be the courage for another’s future.
  • I co-pastor now, so I preach six months, then another guy preaches six months. So that’s really why I’m preparing for January, because I’ll finish in June; then I’ll be writing and doing other projects for the rest of the year.
  • If anybody understands God’s order for his children, it’s someone who has rescued an orphan from despair, for that is what God has done for us. God has adopted you. God sought you, found you, signed the papers and took you home.
  • First, God does not send people to hell. He simply honors their choice. Hell is the ultimate expression of God’s high regard for the dignity of man. He has never forced us to choose Him, even when that means we would choose Hell.
  • Nature is God’s first missionary. Where there is no Bible there are sparkling stars. Where there are not preachers there are spring times… If a person has nothing but nature, then nature is enough to reveal something about God.
  • When he says we’re forgiven, let’s unload the guilt. When he says we’re valuable, let’s believe him. . . . When he says we’re provided for, let’s stop worrying. God’s efforts are strongest when our efforts are useless
  • The most powerful life is the most simple life. The most powerful life is the life that knows where it’s going, that knows where the source of strength is; it is the life that stays free of clutter and happenstance and hurriedness.
  • When troubles come our way, we can be stressed and upset, or we can trust God. Caleb could have cursed God. He didn’t deserve the wilderness. He had to put his dreams on hold for four decades. Still he didn’t complain or grow sour.
  • God loves you simply because He has chosen to do so. He loves you when you don’t feel lovely. He loves you when no one else loves you. Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you always. No matter what!
  • The Christmas message itself is that God chooses common people to do the most uncommon things. No matter how common you are, and no matter how simple you are, God has a plan and ability to come into our world and do something unusual.
  • If today were your last, would you do what you’re doing? Or would you love more, give more, forgive more? Then do so! Forgive and give as if it were your last opportunity. Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.
  • If we think that this life is all there is to life, then there is no interpretation of our problems, our pain, not even of our privileges. But everything changes when we open up to the possibility that God’s story is really our story too.
  • I choose faithfulness…Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that they father will not come home.
  • Most people have settled for a wimpy grace. It’s something that doesn’t change their lives. There is a difference between grace and mercy. Mercy is the decision of God not to punish us. But grace is the decision of God to save and bless us.
  • God didn’t overlook your sins, lest he endorse them. He didn’t punish you, lest he destroy you. He instead found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner. Jesus took your punishment, and God gave you credit for Jesus’ perfection.
  • When I was a young kid, my dad, a man of few words, told my brother and me, “Boys, Christmas is about Jesus.” I thought about what he said, and I began asking the Christmas questions. I’ve been asking them ever since. I love the answers I’ve found.
  • Become a worry-slapper. Treat frets like mosquitoes. Do you procrastinate when a bloodsucking bug lights on your skin? ‘I’ll take care of it in a moment.’ Of course you don’t! You give the critter the slap it deserves. Be equally decisive with anxiety.
  • For years I thought my assignment or the Church’s assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don’t support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus.
  • It seems to me that the prayers of the Bible can be distilled into one. The result is a simple, easy-to-remember, pocket-sized prayer: Father, you are good. I need help. They need help. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen. Let this prayer punctuate your day.
  • Our kids were God’s kids first… We tend to forget this fact, regarding our children as “our” children, as though we have the final say in their health and welfare. We don’t. All people are God’s people, including the small people who sit at our tables.
  • The same hand that stilled the seas stills your guilt. The same hand that cleansed the Temple cleanses your heart. The hand is the hand of God. The nail is the nail of God. And as the hands of Jesus opened for the nail, the doors of heaven opened for you.
  • Jesus humbled himself. He went from commanding angels to sleeping in the straw. From holding stars to clutching Mary’s finger. The palm that held the universe took the nail of a soldier. Why? Because that’s what love does. It puts the beloved before itself.
  • Our Savior kneels down and gazes upon the darkest acts of our lives. But rather than recoil in horror, he reaches out in kindness and says, “I can clean that if you want.” And from the basin of his grace, he scoops a palm full of mercy and washes away our sin.
  • There is a rawness and a wonder to life. Pursue it. Hunt for it. Sell out to get it. Don’t listen to the whines of those who have settled for a second-rate life and want you to do the same so they won’t feel guilty. Your goal is not to live long; it’s to live.
  • Don’t you need a fountain of love that won’t run dry? You’ll find one on a stone-cropped hill outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hangs, cross-nailed and thorn-crowned. When you feel unloved, ascend this mount. Meditate long and hard on heaven’s love for you.
  • Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek his grace. And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.
  • We’ve been taught that the Christian life is a life of peace, and when we don’t have peace, we assume the problem lies within us. Not only do we feel anxious, but we also feel guilty about our anxiety! The result is a downward spiral of worry, guilt, worry, guilt.
  • There is something about keeping Him divine that keeps Him distant, packaged, predictable. But don’t do it. For heaven’s sake, don’t. Let Him be as human as He intended to be. Let Him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let Him in can He pull us out.
  • I think it’s noteworthy that the Almighty didn’t act high and mighty. The Holy One wasn’t holier-than-thou. The One who knew it all wasn’t a know-it-all. The One who made the stars didn’t keep his head in them. The One who owns all the stuff of earth never strutted it.
  • Matthew loved the magi. He gave their story more square inches of text than he gave the narrative of the birth of Jesus. He never mentions the shepherds or the manger, but he didn’t want us to miss the star and the seekers. It’s easy to see why. Their story is our story.
  • Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.
  • You don’t impress the officials at NASA with a paper airplane. You don’t boast about your crayon sketches in the presence of Picasso. You don’t claim equality with Einstein because you can write ‘H20.’ And you don’t boast about your goodness in the presence of the Perfect.
  • Michael Jordan once said that the most peaceful moments of his life were on a basketball court, because that’s the only place he knew exactly what to do. And to me the most peaceful moments in my ministry are in the pulpit because that’s when I really know what I’m going to do.
  • If you’re feeling pain, express that to the Lord. If you’re feeling worried, express those worries. One passage that gives me comfort is in Psalms, Chapter 11, verse 3, it reads, “When all that is good falls apart, what can good people do?” That’s really the question of the day.
  • It’s no wonder, that God’s anxiety therapy includes a large, delightful dollop of gratitude. The anxious heart says, “Lord, if only I had this, that, or the other, I’d be okay.” The grateful heart says, “Oh, look! You’ve already given me this, that, and the other. Thank you, God.”
  • The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don’t cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn up the TV and pretend they aren’t there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think.
  • You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner and an anchor for every storm. You have everything you need.
  • I don’t think God is a gender. He presents himself as a father but he comes to us with the tenderness of a mother. In some of the parables, he is the housewife who cleans the house looking for the lost coin. So I think we can miss the point if we get too concerned about the gender of God.
  • Trust God’s love. His perfect love. Don’t fear He will discover your past. He already has. Don’t fear disappointing Him in the future. He can show you the chapter in which you will. With perfect knowledge of the past and perfect vision of the future, He loves you perfectly in spite of both.
  • Tragically, some people believe they are going to heaven when they die just because a few drops of water were sprinkled over their heads a few weeks after their birth. They have no personal faith, have never made a personal decision, and are banking on a hollow ceremony to save them. How absurd.
  • It’s important to preach like there’s a broken heart on every pew. That’s always been a phrase that stuck with me. Not everybody is having a tough time, but you can bet your buck that there’s a good tenth of your church that’s going through a hard season. There really is a broken heart on every pew.
  • Initially, when I first became a Christian and got into ministry, my thought was that God existed to make my life better and to take me to Heaven. Now I realize that it is not about me at all. It is all about God and that He did this to display His plan to restore the Earth to the Garden of Eden state.
  • God rewards those who seek Him. Not those who seek doctrine of religion or systems or creeds. Many settle for these lesser passions, but the reward goes to those who settle for nothing less than Jesus himself. And what is the reward? What awaits those who seek Jesus? Nothing short of the heart of Jesus.
  • Well, I think the main message is there is more to your story. There is more than what happens between the crib and the grave, and that is what I am really trying to speak to, this idea that all of life is this life and that there is nothing more than what we see and experience right here on this earth.
  • I think there is, not in the sense that I enjoy it, but that it’s an important question. It’s the question, “Does the presence of pain mean God doesn’t care? Does God not love me anymore?” I think that’s a very common connection we tend to make. I see that a lot in my own life and in the lives of others.
  • I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical… the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
  • Do you purchase the first tree you see? Of course not. You search for the right one. You walk the rows. You lift several up and set them down. You examine them from all angles until you decide, This one is perfect. You have a place in mind where the tree will sit. Not just any tree will do. God does the same.
  • I accepted the forgiveness of God. I got off track as an adult and because I believe in God’s grace, I believe that gave me strength then to get that little part of my life realigned, to not play games about it, to confess it, to ask for forgiveness from God and ask others to forgive me as well and then move on.
  • If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew that the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? Christ did.
  • Confession is the act of inviting God to walk the acreage of our hearts. There is a rock of greed over here, Father. I can’t budge it. And that tree of guilt near the fence? Its roots are long and deep. And may I show you some dry soil, too crusty for seed? God’s seed grows better if the soil of the heart is cleared.
  • We are Jesus Christ’s; we belong to him. But even more, we are increasingly him. He moves in and commandeers our hands and feet, requisitions our minds and tongues. We sense his rearranging: debris into the divine, pig’s ear into silk purse. He repurposes bad decisions and squalid choices. Little by little, a new image emerges.
  • Off to one side sits a group of shepherds. They sit silently on the floor, perhaps perplexed, perhaps in awe, no doubt in amazement. Their night watch had been interrupted by an explosion of light from heaven and a symphony of angels. God goes to those who have time to hear him-and so on this cloudless night he went to simple shepherds.
  • God did everything necessary to get Herod’s attention. He sent messengers from the East and a message from the Torah. He sent wonders from the sky and words from Scripture. He sent the testimony of the heavens and the teaching of the prophets. But Herod refused to listen. He chose his puny dynasty over Christ. He died a miserable old man.
  • If I’m a young mom or young dad, I can find a great source of strength. God has promised that He will help me to be the mom or dad that He wants me to be. He has promised to be with me every step of the way. He has promised that He will never leave me or forsake me. These are wonderful promises that I can learn to trust and build a life on.
  • God’s love never ceases. Never. Though we spurn him. Ignore him. Reject him. Despise him. Disobey him. He will not change. Our evil cannot diminish his love. Our goodness cannot increase it. Our faith does not earn it any more than our stupidity jeopardizes it. God doesn’t love us less if we fail or more if we succeed. God’s love never ceases.
  • You come before the judgment seat of God full of rebellion and mistakes. Because of his justice he cannot dismiss your sin, but because of his love he cannot dismiss you. So, in an act which stunned the heavens, he punished himself on the cross for your sins. God’s justice and love are equally honored. And you, God’s creation, are forgiven.
  • After a hard day scrambling to find your way around in the world, it’s assuring to come home to a place you know. God can be equally familiar to you. With time you can learn where to go for nourishment, where to hide for protection , where to turn for guidance. Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God’s house is a place of peace.
  • God sees us with the eyes of a Father. He sees our defects, errors, and blemishes. But He also sees our value. What did Jesus know that enabled Him to do what He did? Here’s part of the answer: He knew the value of people. He knew that each human being is a treasure. And because He did, people were not a source of stress, but a source of joy.
  • Someday I want to go back and maybe write another book on those seven sayings. I just think they are kind of like a table of contents to the Christian hope. They invite us to go into all the aspects of the heart of Jesus. Everything about them from the drama, the setting, the passion around them – I think the seven sayings of the cross are powerful.
  • The step between prudence and paranoia is short and steep. Prudence wears a seat belt. Paranoia avoids cars. Prudence washes with soap. Paranoia avoids human contact. Prudence saves for old age. Paranoia hoards even trash. Prudence prepares and plans, paranoia panics. Prudence calculates the risk and takes the plunge. Paranoia never enters the water.
  • HEAVEN knows the difference between SUNDAY morning and WEDNESDAY afternoon. God longs to speak as CLEARLY in the workplace as He does in the sanctuary. He longs to be WORSHIPED when we sit at the dinner table and not just when we come to His communion table. You may go days without THINKING of Him, but there’s never a moment when He’s not thinking of YOU.
  • If the purpose of life is just to live this life and then die, it’s hard to answer the purpose of pain question; but if we can help people see from an eternal perspective – that all of this is working together to prepare us for something higher than we’ve ever imagined, more noble than we’ve ever dreamed – then we discover some hope that we can hold on to.
  • I would not have said anything about Mr. Trump, never – I would never have said anything if he didn’t call himself a Christian. It’d be none of my business whatsoever to make any comments about his language, his vulgarities, his slander of people, but I was deeply troubled … that here’s a man who holds up a Bible one day, and calls a lady “bimbo” the next.
  • Parents, what are your children learning from your worship? Do they see the same excitement as when you go to a basketball game? Do they see you prepare for worship as you do for a vacation? Do they see you hungry to arrive, seeking the face of the Father? Or do they see you content to leave the way you came?…..They are watching. Believe me. They are watching.
  • The presence of anxiety is unavoidable, but the prison of anxiety is optional. Anxiety is not a sin; it’s an emotion. So don’t be anxious about feeling anxious. Anxiety can, however, lead to sinful behavior. When we numb our fears with six-packs or food binges, when we spew anger like Krakatau, when we peddle our fears to anyone who will buy them, we’re sinning.
  • When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?
  • Theres a verse thats meant a lot to me ever since I was in my early 20s. 2 Timothy 2:8, Paul told Timothy to remember Jesus Christ, descended from David and raised from the dead. Thats a good principle, that if my theology, my whole life can be focused on remembering Jesus. Just trying to remember who He is, what He did, being strong in what He did and what He accomplished.
  • What I try to do is narrow the sermon series down to one big question. In this case the question is: What happens when grace happens? I knew I wanted to preach about grace. I just felt as if it was time for our church to be refreshed and see the beauty of God’s grace – the uniqueness of the Christian grace as compared to the teachings of other world religions on forgiveness.
  • When we look at the love of Christ, we make a wonderful discovery. Love is more a decision than an emotion! Christ-like love applauds good behavior. At the same time Christ-like love refuses to endorse misbehavior. Jesus loved His apostles, but He wasn’t silent when they were faithless. Jesus loved the people in the temple, but He didn’t sit still when they were hypocritical.
  • The Bible is the story of two gardens: Eden and Gethsemane. In the first, Adam took a fall. In the second, Jesus took a stand. In the first, God sought Adam. In the second, Jesus sought God. In Eden, Adam hid from God. In Gethsemane, Jesus emerged from the tomb. In Eden, Satan led Adam to a tree that led to his death. From Gethsemane, Jesus went to a tree that led to our life.
  • Seek first the kingdom of wealth and you’ll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of health and you’ll sweat every blemish and bump. Seek first the kingdom of popularity, and you’ll relive every conflict. Seek first the kingdom of safety, and you’ll jump at every crack of the twig. But seek first His kingdom and you will find it. On that, we can depend and never worry.
  • God must’ve had a blast. painting the stripes on the zebra, hanging the stars in the sky, putting the gold in the sunset. What creativity! Stretching the neck of the giraffe, putting the flutter in the mockingbird’s wings, planting the giggle in the hyena. And then, as a finale to a brilliant performance, He made a human who had the unique honour to bear the stamp, In His Image.
  • Somewhere, sometime, somehow you got tangled up in garbage, and you’ve been avoiding God. You’ve allowed a veil of guilt to come between you and your Father. You wonder if you could ever feel close to God again. The message of the torn flesh is you can. God welcomes you. God is not avoiding you. God is not resisting you. The curtain is down, the door is open, and God invites you in
  • All I did was collect a few of the questions I’ve been asked through the years, write up a brief response and put them in this publication. As a pastor, you get asked questions and receive emails. Many of them I had answered, but just in conversation. So we kind of re-crafted the question and answered it. It turned out to be an interesting exercise. I hope it’s encouraging for people.
  • Christmas begins what Easter celebrates. The child in the cradle became the king on the cross. And because he did, there are no marks on my record. Just grace. His offer has no fine print. He didn’t tell me, “Clean up before you come in.” He offered, “Come in, and I’ll clean you up.” It’s not my grip on him that matters but his grip on me. And his grip is sure. So is his presence in my life.
  • He came, not as a flash of light or as an unapproachable conqueror, but as one whose first cries were heard by a peasant girl and a sleepy carpenter. God tapped humanity on its collective shoulder, “Pardon me,” he said, and eternity interrupted time, divinity interrupted carnality, and heaven interrupted the earth in the form of a baby. Christianity was born in one big heavenly interruption.
  • You want to make a difference in your world? Live a holy life: Be faithful to your spouse. Be the one at the office who refuses to cheat. Be the neighbor who acts neighbors. Be the employee who does the work and doesn’t complain. Pay your bills. Do your part and enjoy life. Don’t speak one message and live another. People are watching the way we act more than they are listening to what we say.
  • How can a person deal with anxiety? You might try what one fellow did. He worried so much that he decided to hire someone to do his worrying for him. He found a man who agreed to be his hired worrier for a salary of $200,000 per year. After the man accepted the job, his first question to his boss was, “Where are you going to get $200,000 per year?” To which the man responded, “That’s your worry.
  • There is not a hint of one person who was afraid to draw near him [Jesus]. There were those who mocked him. There were those who were envious of him. There were those who misunderstood him. There were those who revered him. But there was not one person who considered him too holy, too divine, or too celestial to touch. There was not one person who was reluctant to approach him for fear of being rejected.
  • God’s love has a width, length, height, and depth, but we will never reach the end of it. Our capacity to experience God’s love will be exhausted long before God’s capacity to give it is strained. The picture of having Christ dwell inside us by faith presents us with compelling and comforting possibilities. What Christ does in us and through us will always be ‘exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think.’
  • The Scripture says, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” [Psalm 118:24].Glory days are days that can happen right now. The key is understanding some basic principles that don’t just apply to any one season of life but transcend all seasons of life – not allowing our circumstances to define our outlook on life, but allowing what God’s Word says about life to define that outlook.
  • Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Do you want to be happy tomorrow? Then sow seeds of happiness today -count blessings, memorize Bible verses, pray, sing hymns, spend time with encouraging people. Do you want to guarantee tomorrow’s misery? Then wallow in a mental mud pit of self-pity or guilt or anxiety today assume the worst, beat yourself up, rehearse your regrets, complain to complainers.
  • Worry is anti-trust. If you’re worried, you don’t trust something: your kids, their friends, strangers, the church, even God. Can He take care of your children? Certainly. Jesus says, ‘I tell you, stop being anxious and worried about your life.’ Pretty blunt. Stop it! Easier said than done, huh? Worry tests your trust, so hand your children to God and let Him babysit your babies when you’re not around. He’s pretty good at it!
  • What does a life without anxiety look like? With God as your helper, you’ll sleep better tonight and smile more tomorrow. You’ll reframe the way you face your fears. You’ll learn how to talk yourself off the ledge, view bad news through the lens of sovereignty, discern the lies of Satan, and tell yourself the truth. You’ll discover a life that’s characterized by calm and will develop tools for facing the onslaughts of anxiety.
  • No matter what the storm clouds bring, you can face your pain with courage and hope. For two thousand years ago-six hours, one Friday-Christ firmly planted in bedrock three solid anchor points that we can all cling to. For the heart scarred with futility, that Friday holds purpose. For the life blackened with failure, that Friday holds forgiveness. And for the soul looking into the tunnel of death, that Friday holds deliverance.
  • I think the hardest questions had to do with suffering. It had to do with all of our church members and friends passing through difficult times. Sometimes it’s the global climate: tsunamis, earthquakes, radiation. I think these kinds of questions are absolutely the most difficult, yet we need to be ready to respond to them because we have to be able as pastors to walk people through these valleys, these tough times in their lives.
  • What you and I might rate as an absolute disaster, God may rate as a pimple-level problem that will pass. He views your life the way you view a movie after you’ve read the book. When something bad happens, you feel the air sucked out of the theater. Everyone else gasps at the crisis on the screen. Not you. Why? You’ve read the book. You know how the good guy gets out of the tight spot. God views your life with the same confidence. He’s not only read your story…he wrote it.
  • Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of life. It’s the greatest of virtues. Studies have linked the emotion with a variety of positive effects. Grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others. People who keep a gratitude journal are more likely to have a positive outlook on life. Grateful individuals demonstrate less envy, materialism, and self-centeredness. Gratitude improves self-esteem and enhances relationships, quality of sleep, and longevity.
  • There are many things in life over which you have no choice. But the greatest activity of life is well within your dominion. You can choose what you think about. You can be the air traffic controller of your mental airport. You occupy the control tower and can direct the mental traffic of your world. Thoughts circle above, coming and going. If one of them lands, it’s because you gave it permission. If it leaves, it’s because you directed it to do so. You can select your thought pattern.
  • The Lord is near! You’re not alone. You may feel alone. You may think you’re alone. But there’s never a moment in which you face life without help. God is near. God repeatedly pledges his proverbial presence to his people. Don’t assume God is watching from a distance. Avoid the quicksand that bears the marker “God has left you!” Don’t indulge this lie. If you do, your problem will be amplified by a sense of loneliness. It’s one thing to face a challenge, but to face it all alone? Isolation creates a downward cycle of fret.
  • The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus . As we do our part rejoice in the Lord, pursue a gentle spirit, pray about everything, and cling to gratitude, God does his part. He bestows upon us the peace of God. Note, this is not a peace from God. Our Father gives us the very peace of God. He downloads the tranquility of the throne room into our world, resulting in an inexplicable calm. We should be worried, but we aren’t. We should be upset, but we’re comforted.
  • Rather than seeking total control, relinquish it. You can’t run the world, but you can entrust it to God. This is the message behind Paul’s admonition to “rejoice in the Lord.” Peace is within reach, not for lack of problems, but because of the presence of a sovereign Lord. Rather than rehearse the chaos of the world, rejoice in the Lord’s sovereignty, as Paul did. Sovereignty gives the saint the inside track to peace. Others see the problems of the world and wring their hands. We see the problems of the world and bend our knees.
  • For all its peculiarities and unevenness, the Bible has a simple story. God made man. Man rejected God. God won’t give up until he wins him back. God will whisper. He will shout. He will touch and tug. He will take away our burdens; he’ll even take away our blessings. If there are a thousand steps between us and him, he will take all but one. But he will leave the final one for us. The choice is ours. Please understand. His goal is not to make you happy. His goal is to make you His. His goal is not to get you what you want; it is to get you what you need.
  • Sovereignty is the term the Bible uses to describe God’s perfect control and management of the universe. He preserves and governs every element. He’s continually involved with all created things, directing them to act in a way that fulfills his divine purpose. That’s why the most stressed-out people are control freaks. They fail at the quest they most pursue. The more they try to control the world, the more they realize they cannot. Life becomes a cycle of anxiety, failure; anxiety, failure; anxiety, failure. We can’t take control, because control is not ours to take.
  • Peace happens when people pray. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” Casting is an intentional act to relocate an object. Let this “throwing” be your first response to bad news. As you sense anxiety welling up inside you, cast it in the direction of Christ. Do so specifically and immediately. Find a promise of God that fits your problem, and build your prayer around it. These prayers of faith touch the heart of God and activate the angels of heaven. Miracles are set into motion. Your answer may not come overnight, but it will come. And you will overcome.
  • Our aim – our only aim – is to be at home in Christ. He’s not a roadside park or hotel room. He’s our permanent mailing address. Christ is our home. He’s our place of refuge and security. We’re comfortable in his presence, free to be our authentic selves. We know our way around in him. We know his heart and his ways. We rest in him, find our nourishment in him. His roof of grace protects us from storms of guilt. His walls of providence secure us from destructive winds. His fireplace warms us during the lonely winters of life. We linger in the abode of Christ and never leave.

 

Henri Nouwen (quotes)

  • Forgiveness indeed heals memories
  • A happy life is a life for others.
  • Emit gratitude as though it was done
  • Your heart is greater than your wounds.
  • Peace is first of all the art of being.
  • Forgiveness changes the way we remember.
  • Solitude is the furnace of transformation.
  • Do not hesitate to love and to love deeply.
  • Community is where humility and glory touch.
  • The soul of the artist cannot remain hidden.
  • Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.
  • As long as we have our stories there is hope.
  • I had a deep experience of God’s love for me.
  • Be sure that you make a difference in the world.
  • Who can take away suffering without entering it?
  • The world is evil only when you become its slave.
  • I feel the problems I have are meant to purify me.
  • Life is not entertainment. Life is not distraction.
  • Every time you reject yourself, you idealize others
  • By prayer, community is created as well as expressed.
  • Yes, it’s a competitive world, but where is your heart?
  • It’s good to have a prayer on your lips wherever you go.
  • Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God.
  • Mysticism is for all, not just for a few special people.
  • The only feelings that do not heal are the ones you hide.
  • People forget ideas; they don’t forget the real presence.
  • In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us.
  • To learn patience is not to rebel against every hardship.
  • You don’t have to run around world proving you’re lovable.
  • Our greatest fulfillment lies in giving ourselves to others.
  • In God’s eyes the most significant is often the most hidden.
  • There are as many ways to pray as there are moments in life.
  • It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends.
  • It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer.
  • Keep a space where God can let something totally new take place.
  • If fear is the great enemy of intimacy, love is its true friend.
  • Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
  • God wants you to live for others and to live that presence well.
  • In our own woundedness, we can become sources of life for others.
  • Too many of us are lonely ministers practicing a lonely ministry.
  • Life is not a possession to be defended, but a gift to be shared.
  • Somewhere we know that without silence, words lose their meaning.
  • Friendship and love are impossible without a mutual vulnerability.
  • a spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ.
  • Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.
  • Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved.
  • It is to this silence [contemplative prayer] that we all are called.
  • Writing is not just a job. It helps me to pray. It’s a way of being.
  • Precisely where I feel my poverty is where I discover God’s blessing.
  • If you are not able to be silent, you will not be able to speak well.
  • One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are
  • The Church is the body of Christ fashioned by baptism & the Eucharist.
  • I have found it very important…to let go of my wishes and start hoping.
  • Friends share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.
  • That’s the temptation of the devil: “Turn stones into bread! Be relevant!”
  • Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence.
  • When we are crushed like grapes, we cannot think of the wine we will become.
  • To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.
  • In solitude we become aware that our worth is not the same as our usefulness.
  • I always try to turn my personal struggles into something helpful for others.
  • Our life is…a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment.
  • Trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.
  • I trust in you, Lord, but keep helping me in my moments of distrust and doubt.
  • There is nothing so important in the family as the sacred quality of the meal.
  • People who read your ideas tend to think that your writings reflect your life.
  • Peacemaking is a full-time vocation that includes each member of God’s people.
  • Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness.
  • Hiddenness is the place of purification. In hiddenness we find our true selves.
  • As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer.
  • The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it
  • When I was teaching, I didn’t feel I had a home, a place where I truly belonged.
  • The university has become a place that prepares you for the fights in the world.
  • We cannot make it rain but we can see to it that the rain falls on prepared soil.
  • The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be.
  • Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.
  • The real question is: how can I live so that my death will be fruitful for others?
  • As a general remark, I would say we must move from the moral to the mystical life.
  • Prayer is not what is done by us, but rather what is done by the Holy Spirit in us.
  • Christmas is believing that the salvation of the world is God’s work, and not mine.
  • A life without a lonely place, that is, without a quiet center, becomes destructive.
  • By giving words to these intimate experiences I can make my life available to others.
  • The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others.
  • The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.
  • When we give generously, with an abundance mentality, what we give away will multiply.
  • Our first responsibility in the midst of violence is to prevent it from destroying us.
  • The mystery of one man is too immense and too profound to be explained by another man.
  • Life is just a little opportunity for you during a few years to say, “I love you, too.”
  • When we keep claiming the light, we will find ourselves becoming more and more radiant.
  • Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
  • When we break bread and give it to each other, fear vanishes and God becomes very close.
  • Jesus said Communion first, community comes out of that, and out of community, ministry.
  • Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.
  • I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.
  • Beneath our frantic activities, there’s a deep desire to show the world we are worthwhile.
  • Waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be. (Finding My Way Home)
  • Our lives are unique stones in the mosaic of human existence — priceless and irreplaceable.
  • In their poverty, the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel.
  • I feel strongly that the God we meet in solitude is always the God who calls us to community.
  • Everything changes radically from the moment you know yourself as being sent into this world.
  • Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know I am moving from fear to love.
  • The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark.
  • If you meet God in solitude, you discover the God you meet is the God who embraces all people.
  • Lord, make this Lenten season different from the other ones. Let me find you again. Amen.
  • The spiritual life is a reaching out to our innermost self, to our fellow human and to our God.
  • This brief lifetime is my opportunity to receive love, deepen love, grow in love, and give love.
  • Take prayer with you wherever you go. Say it anytime, and then focus your mind and heart on God.
  • You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.
  • To live in the present, we must deeply believe that what is most important is in the here and now.
  • Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.
  • Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own.
  • Our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it.
  • What makes us human is not our mind but our heart, not our ability to think but our ability to love.
  • If you feel loved, you can do a thousand things. If you feel rejected, everything becomes a problem.
  • Spiritual maturity is not knowing what to do with your whole life, but just knowing what to do next.
  • We must ask ourselves how many times others would benefit more from our silence than from our words.
  • Is my growing old making me any closer to Christ? Am I only getting older or am I getting more godly?
  • The real ‘work’ of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me.
  • Our glory is hidden in our pain, if we allow God to bring the gift of himself in our experience of it.
  • The beatitudes say, “Blessed are the poor”. They don’t say, “Blessed are those who care for the poor.”
  • …real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the gateway to joy.
  • Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible.
  • The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised.
  • Pay attention to the people God puts in your path if you want to discern what God is up to in your life.
  • We are all healers who can reach out and offer health, and we are all patients in constant need of help.
  • Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.
  • From the moment we claim the truth of being the beloved, we are faced with the call to become who we are.
  • God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.
  • Waiting time is not wasting time. Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.
  • I often wonder if my knowledge about God has not become my greatest stumbling block to my knowledge of God.
  • The great conversion  called for by Jesus is to move from belonging to the world to belonging to God.
  • Good families always ritualize the table. You can say, “This is a Christmas meal; this is a birthday meal.”
  • Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness. God is always speaking; he’s always doing something.
  • The fruits of your labors may be reaped two generations from now. Trust, even when you don’t see the results.
  • Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts to be received and shared.
  • Reading with children is an enormous gift to them. It’s a great honor to invite children to read with adults.
  • What is forgotten cannot be healed, and that which cannot be healed easily becomes the cause of greater evil.
  • Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom.
  • The main question is not, how can we hide our wounds…but how can we put our woundedness in service to others.
  • Prayer is the center of the Christian life. It is the only necessary thing. It is living with God, here and now.
  • Although I am a committed Catholic priest, and nowhere hide that fact, my focus is very much a spiritual journey.
  • If I were to let my life be taken over by what is urgent, I might very well never get around to what is essential.
  • Solitude is the place of purification and transformation, the place of the great struggle and the great encounter.
  • I choose L’Arche; L’Arche chooses me. I would be dead if I weren’t here. I need people to love me and care for me.
  • Learning to weep, learning to keep vigil, learning to wait for the dawn. Perhaps this is what it means to be human.
  • What is important is how well we love. God will make our love fruitful, whether we see that fruitfulness or not.
  • Solitude, community, and ministry are certainly not just for celibates! Celibates also have a hard time keeping up.
  • The crisis of our prayer life is that our minds may be filled with ideas of God while our hearts remain far from him.
  • Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.
  • The great illusion of leadership is to think that man can be led out of the desert by someone who has never been there.
  • Forgiveness changes the way we remember. It converts the curse into a blessing. Forgiveness indeed heals memories . . .
  • We just have to recognize life for what it is: a gift to be grateful for, not a property to cling to, hoard, or defend.
  • For many, religion has to do with what we are allowed to do and not allowed to do. In the end, that doesn’t bear fruit.
  • This sounds very simple and maybe even trite, but very few people know that they are loved without condition or limits.
  • Joy and laughter are the gifts of living in the presence of God and trusting that tomorrow is not worth worrying about.
  • One way to express the spiritual crisis of our time is to say that most of us have an address but cannot be found there.
  • Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day.
  • The gospel word of the day can become like a painting on the walls. of your inner room, the inner room that is your heart.
  • Solitude is the place where we can connect with profound bonds that are deeper than the emergency bonds of fear and anger.
  • Through discipline, discipline is the other side of discipleship. If you want to follow Jesus, you have to have discipline.
  • The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation.
  • There are areas I have to work on. I had some questions and some struggles, but it was an enormously important time for me.
  • Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.
  • When you recognize the festive and the still moments as moments of prayer, then you gradually realize that to pray is to live.
  • I want my work to create space where people can meet God, rather than give them something they can “apply” to their daily life.
  • Ministry in no way is a privilege…it is the core of the Christian life. No Christian is a Christian without being a minister.
  • The best of community does give one a deep sense of belonging and well-being; and in that sense community takes away loneliness.
  • Let’s dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear, trusting that we will receive love and always more love.
  • I’ve had a tremendous problem with depression in my life. I’d rather not talk about it, because it’s over. But depression is real.
  • Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that, while the world in which we live is shrouded in darkness, God has overcome the world.
  • Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking.
  • The church is not an institution forcing us to follow rules but a community inviting us to still our hunger and thirst at its table.
  • Fear is the great enemy of intimacy. Fear makes us run away from each other or cling to each other but does not create true intimacy.
  • My writing has developed drastically . The Return of the Prodigal Son is the most important thing I’ve done, and my most mature book.
  • My hope is that the description of God’s love in my life will give you the freedom and the courage to discover… God’s love in yours.
  • When you have loved deeply, that love can grow even stronger after the death of the person you love. That is the core message of Jesus.
  • The difference between rich and poor is not that the rich sin is more than the poor, that the rich find it easier to call sin a virtue.
  • God doesn’t give us just enough. God gives us more than enough: more bread and fish than we can eat, more love than we dared to ask for.
  • …the word that seems best to summarize the desire of the human heart is ‘communion.’ …wherever we look it is communion that we seek.
  • I have always felt that if I am very personal and connected with what I myself am living, my writing will transcend ecclesial boundaries.
  • The pain that comes from deep love makes your love more fruitful. It is like a plow that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root.
  • Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are.
  • Community means that people come together around the table, not just to feed their bodies, but to feed their minds and their relationships.
  • Once you are in communion with God, you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear other people in whom God has also found a dwelling place.
  • The great challenge is to discover that we are truly invited to participate in the divine life of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  • In a strange way the spiritual life isn’t “useful” or “successful.” But it is meant to be fruitful. And fruitfulness comes out of brokenness.
  • When I could no longer cling to my normal supports I discovered that true support and real safety lie far beyond the structures of our world.
  • My whole life I have been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I discovered that my interruptions were my work.
  • It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.
  • Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.
  • We have to trust that our stories deserve to be told. We may discover that the better we tell our stories the better we will want to live them.
  • The most important thing I’ve come to believe in is that people with mental handicaps have a unique mission to bring God’s blessing to the World.
  • One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.
  • People who pray stand receptive before the world. They no longer grab but caress, they no longer bite but kiss, they no longer examine but admire.
  • When we have sold our identity to the judges of this world, we are bound to become restless, because of a growing need for affirmation and praise.
  • I am working on three things: on being a prayerful person; on staying close to the handicapped; and on my writing. These are my constant concerns.
  • I was forced to enter the basement of my soul and look directly at what was hidden there, and to choose, in the face of it all, not death but life.
  • Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us.
  • Active waiting means present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.
  • Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.
  • The evangelical movement has become just a bit victimized by a success-oriented culture, wanting the church – like the corporation – to be successful.
  • The tragedy of our lives is that, while we suffer from the wounds afflicted on us by those who love us, we cannot avoid wounding those we want to love.
  • [The Return of the Prodigal book] came out of my emotional and spiritual journey during the four months I was gone from Daybreak because of depression.
  • Often we come home from a sharing session with a feeling that something precious has been taken away from us or that holy ground has been trodden upon.
  • Compassion can never coexist with judgement because judgement creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents us from really being with the other.
  • How do you pray? Take the gospel of each day and spend ten minutes with it. Read it, and read it again. Walk into the world with the gospel in your heart.
  • The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? but: Are you in love with Jesus?
  • […]when two people have become present to each other, the waiting of one must be able to cross the narrow line between the living or dying of the other.
  • Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.
  • The great teachers are always those who can live the tension. They are not criticizing everybody, they’re not complaining. They give young people a vision.
  • I don’t pray enough, but I pray more now. Every morning at six o’clock have a half hour of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament. I pray with others too.
  • The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
  • Television is obviously an enormous intruder. Quite often people say they have no time, but in fact they waste a lot of time on things that are not healthy.
  • Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.
  • We need to remind each other that the cup of sorrow is also the cup of joy, that precisely what causes us sadness can become the fertile ground for gladness.
  • ‘How much longer will I live?’… Only one thing seems clear to me. Every day should be well-lived. What a simple truth! Still, it is worthy of my attention.
  • While my friend always spoke about the sun, I kept speaking about the clouds, until one day I realized that it was the sun that allowed me to see the clouds.
  • Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you the freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land.
  • For Jesus, there are no countries to be conquered, no ideologies to be imposed, no people to be dominated. There are only children, women and men to be loved.
  • Once we deeply trust that we ourselves are precious in God’s eyes, we are able to recognize the preciousness of others and their unique places in God’s heart.
  • Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.
  • One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.
  • The more we touch the intimate love of God which creates, sustains, and guides us, the more we recognize the multitude of fruits that come forth from that love.
  • The world is waiting for new saints, ecstatic men and women who are so deeply rooted in the love of God that they are free to imagine a new international order.
  • You are the heir to the Kingdom. Prosperity is your birth right and you hold the key to more abundance in every area of your life then you can possibly imagine.
  • God is your safety and your home. You are well embraced.” Start living the multi-formity of life from this place. If you can hold on to that, it all becomes one.
  • God’s Kingdom is a place of abundance where every generous act overflows its original bounds and becomes part of the unbounded grace of God at work in the world.
  • The mystery of ministry is that we have been chosen to make our own limited and very conditional love the gateway for the unlimited and unconditional love of God.
  • Our tendency is to run from the painful realities or try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators.
  • The great call for the Church is to not just be concerned about right or wrong behavior, which is moral life, but about communion with God, which is mystical life.
  • People with handicaps teach me that being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and caring together is better than caring alone.
  • That’s prayer to let God’s Word speak deep within you and tell you, “You are my beloved. You don’t have to take an eye for an eye. No, no you’re too rich for that.”
  • In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
  • That is our vocation: to convert the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced.
  • Those who think that they have arrived, have lost their way. Those who think they have reached their goal, have missed it. Those who think they are saints, are demons.
  • Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God’s incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.
  • If you want to know anything about community, you have to realize that the contemplative side is essential. Community without retreating and quiet time never survives.
  • Community always calls us back to solitude, and solitude always calls us to community. Community and solitude, both, are essential elements of ministry and witnessing.
  • For me the university has always been an ideal context for spiritual formation. I always felt that if you want to offer spiritual formation at the university, you can.
  • We are not the healers, we are not the reconcilers, we are not the givers of life. We are sinful, broken, vulnerable people who need as much care as anyone we care for.
  • Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.
  • Aging does not need to be hidden or denied, but can be understood, affirmed and experienced as a process of growth by which the mystery of life is slowly revealed to us.
  • The spiritual life is a life beyond moods. It is a life in which we choose joy and do not allow ourselves to become victims of passing feelings of happiness or depression.
  • To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude.
  • The people who most affected me were the ones who got right in there with me, who cried with me, but who also had a certain authority, who dared to say what needed saying.
  • Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God’s guidance.
  • As ministers our greatest temptation is toward too many words. They weaken our faith and make us lukewarm.  But silence is a sacred discipline, a guard of the Holy Spirit.
  • …we all want to hear stories, from the moment we are born to the moment we die. Stories connect our little lives with the world around us and help us discover who we are.
  • Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.
  • Becoming the beloved is pulling the truth revealed to me from above down into the ordinariness of what I am, in fact, thinking of, talking about and doing from hour to hour.
  • I still believe that the university is a place where people can develop their minds and learn skills, but also they can develop their personalities and their spiritual life.
  • True Hospitality is welcoming the stranger on her own terms. This kind of hospitality can only be offered by those who’ve found the center of their lives in their own hearts.
  • Our efforts to disconnect ourselves from our own suffering end up disconnecting our suffering from God’s suffering for us. The way out of our loss and hurt is in and through.
  • The resistance to praying is like the resistance of tightly clenched fists. This image shows a tension, a desire to cling tightly to yourself, a greediness which betrays fear.
  • Someday I would love to write about Vincent van Gogh – his paintings and letters continue to inspire me very much. But it remains hard to find the time and inner rest to write.
  • You have to listen to the one who calls you beloved. That has to be affirmed over and over again. That is prayer – listening to the voice of the one who calls you “the beloved.”
  • Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
  • Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.
  • The joy that compassion brings is one of the best-kept secrets of humanity. It is a secret known only to a very few people, a secret that has to be rediscovered over and over again.
  • Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing-sicknes s, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death–can take that love away.
  • Your life is not going to be easy, and it should not be easy. It ought to be hard. It ought to be radical; it ought to be restless; it ought to lead you to places you’d rather not go.
  • Without solitude it is virtually impossible to live a spiritual life. …We do not take the spiritual life seriously if we do not set aside some time to be with God and listen to him.
  • Jesus says, “Keep your heart on the kingdom first. Keep your heart on God’s love. Keep focused on the fact that you are God’s beloved daughter or son. That’s the truth of who you are.
  • It’s an incredible mystery of God’s love that the more you know how deeply you are loved, the more you will see how deeply your sisters and your brothers in the human family are loved.
  • To be baptized means to make the passage with the people of Israel and with Jesus from slavery to freedom and from death to new life. It is a commitment to a life in and through Jesus.
  • I loved to teach, I loved my students, but I wanted to find a community. I prayed: “Lord, show me where you want me to go. I will go wanted wherever you call me – but please be clear.”
  • It is very hard to stay in touch with our true identity because those who want our money, our time, and our energy profit more from our insecurity and fears than from our inner freedom.
  • In solitude we become aware that we were together before we came together and that life is not a creation of our will but rather an obedient response to the reality of our being united.
  • God, help me to see others not as enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people. And give me the courage and compassion to offer your Living Water, which alone quenches deep thirst.
  • Solitude is an essential element for the spiritual health of a child. If we only stimulate our children – keep them busy with endless stories with no space to be alone – that’s not good.
  • What once seemed such a curse has become a blessing. All the agony that threatened to destroy my life now seems like the fertile ground for greater trust, stronger hope, and deeper love.
  • If you believe you are the beloved of God, you need to spend time listening to his voice – period! You can’t say, “Yes God calls me the beloved, but I have to go out to do something now.”
  • The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord
  • To the degree that we embrace the truth that our identity is not rooted in our success, power, or popularity, but in God’s infinite love, to that degree can we let go of our need to judge.
  • It is not that the university as such is against spiritual formation. It is just that often the university does not know how to integrate spiritual formation within its academic disciplines.
  • When we learn to move through suffering, rather than avoid it, then we greet it differently. We become willing to let it teach us. We even begin to see how God can use it for some larger end.
  • The third discipline is community. Whom do you choose as your companions? Whom do you choose to be friends with, to live with? Are they people who love you, and care for you, and nurture you?
  • To receive spiritual direction is to recognize that God does not solve our problems or answer all our questions, but leads us closer to the mystery of our existence where all questions cease.
  • The friend who cares makes it clear that whatever happens in the external world, being present to each other is what really matters. In fact, it matters more than pain, illness, or even death.
  • Christian life is not a life divided between times for action and times for contemplation. No. Real social action is a way of contemplation, and real contemplation is the core of social action.
  • The spiritual life is not a life before, after, or beyond our everyday existence. No, the spiritual life can only be real when it is lived in the midst of the pains and joys of the here and now.
  • Obviously a child can never conceive solitude if his parents aren’t living it somewhere themselves. I don’t mean that to be alone you have to get down on your knees for an hour in a yoga posture.
  • Who am I? Where have I come from? Where am I going?-are not questions with an answer but questions that open us up to new questions which lead us deeper into the unshakeable mystery of existence.
  • We have to keep asking ourselves: ‘What does it all mean? What is God trying to tell us? How are we called to live in the midst of all this?’ Without such questions our lives become numb and flat.
  • The man who can articulate the movements of his inner life need no longer be a victim of himself, but is able slowly and consistently to remove the obstacles that prevent the spirit from entering.
  • The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.
  • Ministry means the ongoing attempt to put one’s own search for God, with all the moments of pain and joy, despair and hope, at the disposal of those who want to join this search but do not know how.
  • Community life is not easy for somebody like me, who is used to living by himself and doing what he wants. It’s a demanding life, and you quickly get in touch with your own handicaps and weaknesses.
  • Prayer and action…can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation.
  • Which questions guide our lives? Which questions do we make our own? Which questions deserve our undivided and full personal commitment? Finding the right questions is crucial to finding the answers.
  • when the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his, then there are many ways and forms in which a man can be a Christian.
  • Feelings of guilt dominate our work as peacemakers we cannot last long. But when we have opened each other’s eyes to the great human gifts among all people we can indeed make peacemaking a way of being.
  • When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope.
  • I am learning that the best cure for hypocrisy is community. Hypocrisy is not so much the result of not living what I preach but much more of not confessing my inability to fully live up to my own words.
  • To be a Christian who is willing to travel with Christ on his downward road requires being willing to detach oneself constantly from any need to be relevant, and to trust ever more deeply the Word of God.
  • You are a Christian only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in, so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo, and keep saying that a new world is yet to come.
  • His (Christ’s) appearance in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.
  • I really believe that what we finally want is to know God, as God has come to be known through Jesus. Knowledge is knowledge of the heart – the Spirit – I would say. It is the Spirit in us who reveals God.
  • Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly believe we are called to lay down our lives for our friends, we must dare to take the risk to let others know what we are living.
  • A prayerful life is not a life in which we say many prayers, but a life in which nothing, absolutely nothing, is done, said, or understood independently of him who is the origin and purpose of our existence.
  • I am deeply convince that the necessity of prayer, and to pray unceasingly, is not as much based on our desire for God as on God’s desire for us. It is God’s passionate pursuit of us that calls us to prayer.
  • Real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility.
  • A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.
  • I’m learning that the blessing is located in our poor people, in people who are weak; they are the ones we should stay close to, not because they need us but because we need to receive from them the blessing.
  • The members – mentally handicapped people who are marginal in society and not useful in an economic sense – welcomed me into their lives. And I was loved, not because of what s doing but because of who I was.
  • As we read spiritually about spiritual things, we open our hearts to God’s voice. Sometimes we must be willing to put down the book we are reading and just listen to what God is saying to us through our words.
  • Resentment and gratitude cannot coexist, since resentment blocks the perception and experience of life as a gift. My resentment tells me that I don’t receive what I deserve. It always manifests itself in envy.
  • We want to prove we are good writers or good business, good parents or good teachers. The world is very competitive and catches us in this frenzy. It wants us to go here, be there, and be part of this or that.
  • In the face of the oppressed I recognize my own face, and in the hands of the oppressor I recognize my own hands. Their flesh is my flesh, their blood is my blood, their pain is my pain, their smile is my smile.
  • We are called to be fruitful – not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.
  • Jesus didn’t say, ‘Blessed are those who care for the poor.’ He said, ‘Blessed are we where we are poor, where we are broken.’ It is there that God loves us deeply and pulls us into deeper communion with himself.
  • Those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. LOVE is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.
  • Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.
  • The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing…that is a friend who cares.
  • We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.
  • The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know.
  • It is not easy to enter into the silence and reach beyond the many boisterous and demanding voices of our world and to discover there the small intimate voice saying: ‘You are my Belived Child, on you my favor rests.’
  • I am very grateful that I am in touch with so many different church groups. I am always very moved by the fact that so many people – practically over the spectrum of the Christian world – are responding to my writing.
  • Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.
  • So I am praying while not knowing how to pray. I am resting while feeling restless, at peace while tempted, safe while still anxious, surrounded by a cloud of light while still in darkness, in love while still doubting.
  • Where are you getting your affection? Who’s touching you? Who’s holding you? Who makes you feel alive? Who says, “You are a beautiful person, you are the beloved of God, don’t forget it”? That’s an important discipline.
  • To be a minister means above all to become powerless, or in more precise terms, to speak with our powerlessness to the condition of powerlessness which is so keenly felt but so seldom expressed by the people of our age.
  • Live, work, and travel with handicapped people, so I can stay close to them. But since I am often busy with many things, it’s a constant struggle to keep the handicapped members of our community in the center of my life.
  • Jesus didn’t live alone. He had Peter, John, and James around him. There were the Twelve and the other disciples. They formed circles of intimacy around Jesus. We too need these circles of intimacy, but it’s a discipline.
  • As peacemakers, we must resist all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life. Resistance means saying ‘No’ to all the forces of death, wherever they may be.
  • Ministers are powerless people who have nothing to boast of except their weaknesses. But when the Lord whom they serve fills them with His blessing they will move mountains and change the hearts of people wherever they go.
  • No one person can fulfill all your needs. But the community can truly hold you. The community can let you experience the fact that, beyond your anguish, there are human hands that hold you and show you God’s faithful love.
  • Hope is willing to leave unanswered questions unanswered and unknown futures unknown. Hope makes you see God’s guiding hand not only in the gentle and pleasant moments but also in the shadows of disappointment and darkness.
  • Based or our baptism, all are called to a mystical life, to communion with God. We need to claim that, to taste it and feel it, to trust that the deeper we live this communion, the more our behavior will witness to the truth.
  • It is freeing to become aware that we do not have to be victims of our past and can learn new ways of responding. Forgiveness is love practiced among people who love poorly. It sets us free without wanting anything in return.
  • Any dance of celebration must weave both the sorrows and the blessings into a joyful step….To heal is to let the Holy Spirit call me to dance, to believe again, even amid my pain, that God will orchestrate and guide my life.
  • I can choose to grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart still responds in bitterness. I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye still looks for someone to accuse or something to call ugly.
  • Distance never seperates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad cuz I miss you I remind myself how lucky I am to have someone so special to miss.
  • I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.
  • Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy. If we try to avoid sorrow at all costs, we may never taste joy, and if we are suspicious of ecstasy, agony can never reach us either. Joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth.
  • Our inclination is to show our Lord only what we feel comfortable with. But the more we dare to reveal our whole trembling self to him, the more we will be able to sense that his love, which is perfect love, casts out all our fears.
  • As long as we relate to the trees, the rivers, the mountains, the fields and the oceans as properties which we can manipulate according to our real or fabricated needs, nature remains opaque, and does not reveal to us its true being.
  • Each individual human being can claim the Spirit of Jesus as the guiding spirit of his or her life. In that Spirit we can speak and act freely and confidently with the knowledge that the same Spirit that inspired Jesus is inspiring us.
  • It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having and that we are worth more than the results of our efforts. In solitude we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended but a gift to be shared.
  • Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.
  • In 1970 I felt so lonely that I could not give; now I feel so joyful that giving seems easy. I hope that the day will come when the memory of my present joy will give me the strength to keep giving even when loneliness gnaws at my heart.
  • Silence is a very concrete, practical, and useful discipline in all our ministerial tasks. It can be seen as a portable cell taken with us from the solitary place into the midst of our ministry.  Silence is solitude practiced in action.
  • Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.
  • The immense joy in welcoming back the lost son hides in the immense sorrow that has gone before….our brokenness may appear beautiful, but our brokenness has no other beauty but the beauty that comes from the compassion that surrounds it.
  • Jesus invites us to abide in his love. That means to dwell with all that I am in him. It is an invitation to a total belonging, to full intimacy, to an unlimited being-with. The light of the Spirit reveals to us that love conquers all fear.
  • In our production-oriented society, being busy, having an occupation, has become one of the main ways, if not the main way, of identifying ourselves. Without an occupation, not just our economic security but our very identity is endangered.
  • The dance of life finds its beginnings in grief……Here a completely new way of living is revealed. It is the way in which pain can be embraced, not out of a desire to suffer, but in the knowledge that something new will be born in the pain.
  • Our society is so fragmented, our family lives so sundered by physical and emotional distance, our friendships so sporadic, our intimacies so ‘in-between’ things and often so utilitarian, that there are few places where we can feel truly safe.
  • When we approach fundraising in a spirit of gratitude, our confidence in our mission does not depend on how the person we are with responds to our request! We are free to remain secure in God’s love with our hearts set joyfully on the kingdom.
  • Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.
  • Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.
  • When we have nothing to cling to as our own and cease thinking of ourselves as people who must defend privileges, we can open ourselves freely to others with the faithful expectation that our strength will manifest itself in our shared weakness.
  • Every time there are losses, there are choices to be made. You choose to live your losses as passages to anger, blame, hatred, depression and resentment, or you choose to let these losses be passages to something new, something wider, and deeper.
  • …When you can look into the face of human beings and you have enough light to recognize them as your brothers and sisters. Up until then it is night and darkness is still with us. Let us pray for the light. It is the peace the world cannot give.
  • Living a spiritual life requires a change of heart, a conversion. Such a conversion may be marked by a sudden inner change, or it can take place through a long, quiet process of transformation. But it always involves an inner experience of oneness.
  • Fundraising is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for the full coming of God’s Kingdom.
  • Ministry is a very confronting service. It does not allow people to live with illusions of immortality and wholeness. It keeps reminding others that they are mortal and broken, but also that with the recognition of this condition, liberation starts.
  • Simply being with someone is difficult because it asks of us that we share in the other’s vulnerability, enter with him or her into the experience of weakness and powerlessness, become part of the uncertainty, and give up control and self-determination.
  • Do not tell everyone your story. You will only end up feeling more rejected. People cannot give you what you long for in your heart. The more you expect from people’s response to your experience of abandonment, the more you will feel exposed to ridicule.
  • A sense of solitude is one of the most beautiful things that parents can give a child. It doesn’t mean leaving the child alone, but it does mean creating safe spaces where the child can be with other people. It does mean directing their attention to God.
  • When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand.

 

  • Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us.
  • the real “work” of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me. To gently push aside and silence the many voices that question my goodness and to trust that I will hear the voice of blessing– that demands real effort.
  • Praying is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow someone other than yourself to enter into the very center of your person, to see there what you would rather leave in darkness, and to touch there what you would rather leave untouched.
  • Living in a community with very wounded people, I came to see that I had lived most of my life as a tightrope artist trying to walk on a high, thin cable from one tower to the other, always waiting for the applause when I had not fallen off and broken my leg.
  • If you start with community and want to be faithful to community, you have to realize that what binds you together is not mutual compatibility or common tasks, but God. In order to stay in touch with that call to community, we always have to return to solitude.
  • Today’s reading was “if they ask you to walk a mile, walk two. Don’t take an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth.” You have chances every second to live this Word, but it has to be in you. It can’t just be an idea; it has to sink from the mind into the heart.
  • Our Western society is showing its technological muscles in ever more threatening ways, but the experience of fear, anxiety and even despair has increased in equal proportion. Indeed, the paradox is that the powerful giants feel as powerless as a new-born babe.
  • Without Pentecost the Christ-event – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.
  • Through prayer we can carry in our heart all human pain and sorrow, all conflicts and agonies, all torture and war, all hunger, loneliness and misery, not because of some great psychological or emotional capacity, but because God’s heart has become one with ours.
  • As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.
  • What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than to love God, easier to control people than to love people, easier to own life than to love life.
  • The Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self. God loves us, not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love.
  • The central question is, Are the leaders of the future truly men and women of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God’s presence, to listen to God’s voice, to look at God’s beauty, to touch God’s incarnate Word and to taste fully God’s infinite goodness.
  • I am beginning now to see how radically the character of my spiritual journey will change when I no longer think of God as hiding out and making it as difficult as possible for me to find him, but instead as the one who is looking for me while I am doing the hiding.
  • What is Hope?Hope is that inner dynamic that compels us to explore and pursue the expectations built into the human condition. Hope was born the day the first human beings discovered the first bridge and decided not to jump off the bridge in despair, but to cross it
  • Ministers are tempted to join the ranks of those who consider it their primary task to keep other people busy.¶ But our task is the opposite of distraction‚¶ how to keep them from being so busy that they can no longer hear the voice of God who speaks in silence.
  • As those who are chosen, blessed, broken, and given, we are called to live our lives with a deep inner joy and peace. It is the life of the Beloved, lived in a world constantly trying to convince us that the burden is on us to prove that we are worthy of being loved.
  • Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice. I can choose to be grateful even when my emotions and feelings are still steeped in hurt and resentment. It is amazing how many occasions present themselves in which I can choose gratitude instead of a complaint.
  • Prayer is the way to both the heart of God and the heart of the world – precisely because they have been joined through the suffering of Jesus Christ Praying is letting one’s own heart become the place where the tears of God’s children merge and become tears of hope.
  • The more you are called to speak for God’s love, the more you will need to deepen the knowledge of that love in your own heart. The farther the outward journey takes you, the deeper the inward journey must be. Only when your roots are deep can your fruits be abundant.
  • Lord Jesus, master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence. We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light. To you we say, ‘Come Lord Jesus!’
  • Solitude begins with a time and place for God, and him alone. If we really believe not only that God exists but also that he is actively present in our lives; healing, teaching, and guiding we need to set aside a time and space to give him our undivided attention.
  • The art of living is to enjoy what we can see and not complain about what remains in the dark. When we are able to take the next step with trust that we will have enough light for the step that follows, we can walk through life with joy and be surprised at how far we go.
  • The Christian leaders of the future have to be theologians, persons who know the heart of God and are trained – through prayer, study, and careful analysis – to manifest the divine event of God’s saving work in the midst of the many seemingly random events of their time.
  • . says, ‘Let go of your complaints, forgive those who loved you poorly, step over your feelings of being rejected, and have the courage to trust that you won’t fall into an abyss of nothingness but into the safe embrace of a God whose love will heal all your wounds.
  • It is precisely when you are loved a lot that you might realize a second loneliness which is not to be solved but lived. This second loneliness is an existential loneliness that belongs to the basis of our being. It’s where we are unfulfilled because only God can fill us.
  • Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own, but what you want to give me.
  • Our spiritual life is a life in which we wait, actively present to the moment, expecting that new things will happen to us, new things that are far beyond our own imagination or prediction. This, indeed, is a very radical stance toward life in a world preoccupied with control.
  • Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour increasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.
  • I know that I have to move from speaking about Jesus to letting him speak within me, from thinking about Jesus to letting him think within me, from acting for and with Jesus to letting him act through me. I know the only way for me to see the world is to see it through his eyes.
  • In community, where you have all the affection you could ever dream of, you feel that there is a place where even community cannot reach. That’s a very important experience. In that loneliness, which is like a dark night of the soul, you learn that God is greater than community.
  • One of the most beautiful ways for spiritual formation to take place is to let your insecurity lead you closer to the Lord. Natural hypersensitivity can become an asset; it makes you aware of your need to be with people and it allows you to be more willing to look at their needs.
  • In this crazy world, there’s an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they’re never separated. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the kingdom.
  • If we want other people to give us something that only God can give, we become a demon. We say, “Love me!” and before you know it we become violent and demanding and manipulative. It’s so important that we keep forgiving one another – not once in a while, but every moment of life.
  • I speak of God’s love and grace and redemption and freedom, but when I say “in the context of this community,” it is heard differently. To be with people so obviously broken, so obviously handicapped, and here to discover real joy and peace – that makes the Word of God come alive.
  • We can be unhappy about many things, but jy can still be there… It is important to become aware that at every moment of our life we have an opportunity to choose joy… It is in the choice that our true freedom lies, and that freedom is, in the final analysis, the freedom to love.
  • All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus, Rumi, Gandhi, and Dorothy Day all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let’s live with hope.
  • To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, welcome, to accept.
  • Discipline means to prevent everything in your life from being filled up. Discipline means that somewhere you’re not occupied, and certainly not preoccupied. In the spiritual life, discipline means to create that space in which something can happen that you hadn’t planned or counted on.
  • It is hard to bear with people who stand still along the way, lose heart, and seek their happiness in little pleasures which they cling to…You feel sad about all that self-indulgence and self-satisfaction, for you know with an indestructible certainty that something greater is coming.
  • When people show you their boundaries (“I can’t do this for you”) you feel rejected…part of your struggle is to set boundaries to your own love. Only when you are able to set your own boundaries will you be able to acknowledge, respect and even be grateful for the boundaries of others.
  • A few years ago I met an old professor at the University of Notre Dame. Looking back on his long life of teaching, he said with a funny wrinkle in his eyes: I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted, until I slowly discovered that my interruptions were my work.
  • The Question is not how much are you going to accomplish? Or can you show some results? But are you in love with Jesus? In our world of brokeness and despair, there is an enormous need for men and women who know the heart of God; a heart that forgives, cares, reaches out and wants to heal.
  • Perhaps nothing helps us make the movement from our little selves to a larger world than remembering God in gratitude. Such a perspective puts God in view in all of life, not just in the moments we set aside for worship or spiritual disciplines. Not just in the moments when life seems easy.
  • [Praying] demands that you take to the road again and again, leaving your house and looking forward to a new land for yourself and your [fellow human]. This is why praying demands poverty, that is, the readiness to live a life in which you have nothing to lose so that you always begin afresh.
  • Although many, we might even say most, strangers in this world become easily the victim of a fearful hostility, it is possible for men and women and obligatory for Christians to offer an open and hospitable space where strangers can cast off their strangeness and become our fellow human beings.
  • Prayer requires that we stand in God’s presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern.
  • When we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.
  • We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a singleminded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature.
  • The Church will always be renewed when our attention shifts from ourselves to those who need our care. The blessing of Jesus always comes to us through the poor. The most remarkable experience of those who work with the poor is that, in the end, the poor give more than they receive. They give food to us.
  • Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?’ These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.
  • Prayer is not one of the many things the community does. Rather, it is its very beingBut when prayer is no longer its primary concern, and when its many activities are no longer seen and experienced as part of prayer itself, the community quickly degenerates into a club with a common cause but no common vocation.
  • Now I wonder whether I have sufficiently realized that during all this time God has been trying to find me, to know me, and to love me. The question is not ‘How am I to find God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be found by him?’ The question is not ‘How am I to love God?’ but ‘How am I to let myself be loved by God?’
  • Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.
  • I kept running around it in large or small circles, always looking for someone or something able to convince me of my Belovedness. Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved”. Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.
  • Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.
  • Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
  • While optimism makes us live as if someday soon things will soon go better for us, hope frees us from the need to predict the future and allows us to live in the present, with the deep trust that God will never leave us alone but will fulfill the deepest desires of our heart… Joy in this perspective is the fruit of hope.
  • It is good to have a prayer on your lips wherever you go. There are so many moments in life when you are free to pray. When you are waiting for the cashier in the supermarket, getting mad because he or she doesn’t hurry, say a little prayer: ‘Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me.’ Take that prayer with you wherever you go.
  • Somehow, somewhere, I know that God loves me, even though I do not feel that love as I can feel a human embrace, even though I do not hear a voice as I hear human words…God is greater than my senses, greater than my thoughts, greater than my heart. I do believe that He touches me in places that are unknown even to myself.
  • The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God’s eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace… We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings, or passions to seduce us into self-rejection.
  • L’Arche is not a service institution or a group home. It is a community that exists to reveal God’s love. Our people are given to the world to tell others about peace and forgiveness and celebration, to make them aware that in the midst of their brokenness, there is joy; in the midst of their wounded nature, there is healing.
  • The way of Jesus is radically different. It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility.  It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets and choosing the last place!  Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing?  Because it is the way to the Kingdom, the way Jesus took, and the way that brings everlasting life.
  • When I trust deeply that today God is truly with me and holds me safe in a divine embrace, guiding every one of my steps I can let go of my anxious need to know how tomorrow will look, or what will happen next month or next year. I can be fully where I am and pay attention to the many signs of God’s love within me and around me.
  • Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings. The beauty of listening is that those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking our words more seriously and discovering their true selves.
  • We seldom realize fully that we are sent to fulfill God-given tasks. We act as if we were simply dropped down in creation and have to decide to entertain ourselves until we die. But we were sent into the world by God, just as Jesus was. Once we start living our lives with that conviction, we will soon know what we were sent to do.
  • Indeed, when God’s glory dwells in me, there is nothing too far away, nothing too painful, nothing too strange or too familiar that it cannot contain and renew by its touch. Every time I recognize the glory of God in me and give it space to manifest itself to me, all that is human can be brought there and nothing will be the same again.
  • Although we tend to think about saints as holy and pious, and picture them with halos above their heads and ecstatic gazes, true saints are much more accessible. They are men and women like us, who live ordinary lives and struggle with ordinary problems. What makes them saints is their clear and unwavering focus on God and God’s people.
  • Home is the center of my being where I can hear the voice that says: ‘You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests’ – the same voice that gave life to the first Adam and spoke to Jesus, the second Adam; the same voice that speaks to all the children of God and sets them free to live in the midst of a dark world while remaining in the light.
  • Those who are marginal in the world are central in the Church, and that is how it is supposed to be! Thus we are called as members of the Church to keep going to the margins of our society. The homeless, the starving, parentless children, people with AIDS, our emotionally disturbed brothers and sisters – they require our first attention.
  • You have to dare to live through the pain and struggle. Acknowledge your anguish but do not let it pull you out of yourself. Hold on to your chosen direction, your discipline, your prayer, your work, your guides, and trust that one day love will have conquered enough of you that even the most fearful part will allow love to cast out all fear.
  • Just as people can watch spellbound a circus artist tumbling through the air in a phosphorized costume, so they can listen to a preacher who uses the Word of God to draw attention to himself. But a sensational preacher stimulates the senses and leaves the spirit untouched. Instead of being the way to God, his ‘being different’ gets in the way.
  • When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself “All is lost. I have to start all over again.” This is not true. What you have gained you have gained….When you return to the the road, you return to the place where you left it, not to where you started.
  • Forgiveness means that I continually am willing to forgive the other person for not being God for not fulfilling all my needs. I, too, must ask forgiveness for not being able to fulfill other people’s needs.¶ The interesting thing is that when you can forgive people for not being God, then you can celebrate that they are a reflection of God.
  • In other words, first we must call people to communion with God, to intimacy with God, to a sense of belonging. Most people are lost, confused, alienated. They suffer and struggle immensely in relationships. We have to proclaim loudly and clearly in our actions and in our words that God loves us that we belong to him. That’s a call to the mystical life.
  • This is what life is about. It is being sent on a trip by a loving God, who is waiting at home for our return and is eager to watch the slides we took and hear about the friends we made. When we travel with the eyes and ears of the God who sent us, we will see wonderful sights, hear wonderful sounds, meet wonderful people … and be happy to return home.
  • Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.
  • When everything is dark, when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exits, then we can find salvation in a remembered love, a love which is not simply a recollection of a bygone past but a living force which sustains us in the present. Through memory, love transcends the limits of time and offers hope at any moment of our lives.
  • People have filled an enormously important role in my life – more than books! For me, it’s not the formal advising or the therapy that meant so much. It was more the fact that someone committed himself or herself to me. They were really interested in my life; they wanted to know what I was doing; they followed me; they dared to confront and challenge me.
  • It’s not easy to sit and trust that in solitude God will speak to you – not as a magical voice but that God will let you know something gradually over the years. And in that word from God you will find the inner place from which to live your life. Solitude is where spiritual ministry begins. That’s where Jesus listened to God. That’s where we listen to God.
  • Suffering invites us to place our hurts in larger hands. In Christ we see God suffering for us. And calling us to share in God’s suffering love for a hurting world. The small and even overpowering pains of our lives are intimately connected with the greater pains of Christ. Our daily sorrows are anchored in a greater sorrow and therefore a larger hope.
  • A life without a lonely place, that is, a life without a quiet center, easily becomes destructive. When we cling to the results of our actions as our only way of self-identifiction, then we become possessive and defensive and tend to look at our fellow human beings more as enemies to be kept at a distance than as friends with whom we share the gifts of life.
  • When you are still young and not yet adult, you want to hold everything in your own hands, but if you have your hands open toward prayer, you are able to stretch out your arms and let yourself be led without knowing where. You know only the freedom which God’s breath has brought you will lead to new life, even if the cross is the only sign of it you can see.
  • I have found it very important in my own life to try to let go of my wishes and instead to live in hope. I am finding that when I choose to let go of my sometimes petty and superficial wishes and trust that my life is precious and meaningful in the eyes of God something really new, something beyond my own expectations begins to happen for me. (Finding My Way Home)
  • The life-converting experience is not the discovery that I have choices to make that determine the way I live out my existence, but the awareness that my that my existence itself is not in the center. Once I ‘know’ God, that is, once I experience God’s love as the love in which all my human experiences are anchored, I can desire only one thing: to be in that love.
  • Jesus was a revolutionary, who did not become an extremist, since he did not offer an ideology, but Himself. He was also a mystic, who did not use his intimate relationship with God to avoid the social evils of his time, but shocked his milieu to the point of being executed as a rebel. In this sense he also remains for nuclear man the way to liberation and freedom.
  • We have probably wondered in our many lonesome moments if there is one corner in this competitive, demanding world where it is safe to be relaxed, to expose ourselves to someone else, and to give unconditionally. It might be very small and hidden, but if this corner exists, it calls for a search through the complexities of our human relationships in order to find it.
  • The great spiritual task facing me is to so fully trust that I belong to God that I can be free in the world–free to speak even when my words are not received; free to act even when my actions are criticized, ridiculed, or considered useless…. I am convinced that I will truly be able to love the world when I fully believe that I am loved far beyond its boundaries.
  • Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed.  But you have to keep searching for your body’s deeper need, the need for genuine love.  Every time you are able to go beyond the body’s superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.
  • We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can’t we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?
  • However, community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another. Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more important than our own. The question, therefore, is not ‘How can we make community?’ but, ‘How can we develop and nurture giving hearts?’
  • I wrote to my bishop, the Archbishop of Utrecht, Holland, and explained that I wanted not just permission to stay longer, but a mission. He met me at the Trosly L’Arche community and we spent a few days together . . . I wanted him to get to know L’Arche, to understand what I was doing there. Afterward he said, “I understand now, Henri. You have found a home for your self.”
  • Real greatness is often humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.
  • Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.
  • Let’s start with Jesus’ answer: “Look for the kingdom first and all else will come together.” Life is fragmenting, fragmented. I have a thousands things to do, others do too. We can live our life as if the main question is, “How can keep it together? How do I juggle all the balls? But the real question is, “How can I stay home – interiorly home – while I do these many things?
  • Nobody escapes being wounded. We are all wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not, ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?’ When our wounds cease to be a source of shame, and become a source of healing, we have become wounded healers.
  • When we no longer pray, no longer listen to the voice of love that speaks to us in the moment, our lives become absurd lives in which we are thrown back and forth between the past and the future. If we could just be, for a few minutes each day, fully where we are, we would indeed discover that we are not alone and that the One who is with us wants only one thing: to give us love
  • In 1984, Jean Vanier invited me me to visit L’Arche community in Trosly, France. He didn’t say “We need a priest” or “We could use you.” He said, “Maybe our community can offer you a home.” I visited several times, then resigned from Harvard and went to live with the community for a year. I loved it! I didn’t have much to do. I wasn’t pastor or anything. I was just a friend of the Community.
  • Where is peace to be found? The answer is surprising but clear. In weakness. Why there? Because in our weakness, our familiar ways of controlling and manipulating our world are being stripped away, and we are forced to let go from doing much, thinking much, and relying on our self-sufficiency. Right there where we are most vulnerable, the peace that is not of this world is mysteriously hidden.
  • Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness. God is always speaking; he’s always doing something. Prayer is to enter into that activity… Convert your thoughts into prayer. As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. The difference is not that prayer is thinking about other things, but that prayer is thinking in dialogue,… a conversation with God.
  • For as long as you can remember, you have been a pleaser, depending on others to give you an identity. You need not look at that only in a negative way. You wanted to give your heart to others, and you did so quickly and easily. But now you are being asked to let go of all these self-made props and trust that God is enough for you. You must stop being a pleaser and reclaim your identity as a free self.
  • Nuclear man is the man who realizes that his creative powers hold the potential for self-destruction. He sees that in this nuclear age vast new industrial complexes enable man to produce in one hour that which he labored over for years in the past, but he also realizes that these same industries have disturbed the ecological balance and, through air and noise pollution, have contaminated his own milieu.
  • Do not despair, thinking that you cannot change yourself after so many years. Simply enter into the presence of Jesus as you are and ask him to give you a fearless heart where he can be with you. You cannot make yourself different. Jesus came to give you a new heart, a new spirit, a new mind, and a new body. Let him transform you by his love and so enable you to receive his affection in your whole being.
  • Jesus has to be and become ever more the center of my life. It is not enough that Jesus is my teacher, my guide, my source of inspiration.  It is not even enough that he is my companion on they journey, my friend and my brother.  Jesus must become the heart of my heart, the fire of my life, the love of my soul, the bridegroom of my spirit.  He must become my only thought, my only concern, my only desire.
  • Only in the context of the great encounter with Jesus can a real authentic struggle take place. The encounter with Christ does not take place before, after, or beyond the struggle with our false self and its demons.  No, it is precisely in the midst of this struggle that our Lord comes to us and says, as he said to the old man in the story: As soon as you turned to me again, you see I was beside you.’
  • There is a Wonderful story in the Gospel of Luke (6:12-26). Jesus went up to the mountain to pray at night; in the morning he came down from the mountain and called his twelve apostles around him. In the afternoon he went out on the plain with them to preach the Good News and heal the sick. He had communion with God first, then he had community, and then he went out to do the work of God. That’s the order of things.
  • Why is it important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you ‘my beloved daughter,’ ‘my beloved son,’ ‘my beloved child.’ To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.
  • Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I always thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to the awareness of gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.
  • Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
  • When you’re on the bus or subway or in your car, why busy your mind with all the garbage of advertisements? Why fill your mind with television and radio? Somehow you have to decide what your mind will receive. I don’t mean you shouldn’t ever go to movies or watch television, but control what enters your mind and heart. It’s not just a question of pushing bad things out but also a question of holding on to something really good.
  • People who have known the joy of God point each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the hidden but real Presence of God. They discover that there are people who heal each other’s wounds, forgive each other’s offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the full manifestation of God’s Glory.
  • When you pray, you open yourself to the influence of the power which has revealed itself as love. The power gives you freedom and independence.  Once touched by this power, you are no longer swayed back and forth by the countless opinions, ideas, and feelings which flow through you.  You have found a center for your life that gives you a creative distance so that everything you see, hear, and feel can be tested against the source.
  • Think of each wound as you would of a child who has been hurt by a friend. As long as that child is ranting and raving, trying to get back at the friend, one wound leads to another. But when the child can experience the consoling embrace of a parent, she or he can live through the pain, return to the friend, forgive, and build up a new relationship. Be gentle with yourself, and let your heart be your loving parent as you live your wounds through.
  • To forgive another from the heart is an act of liberation. We set that person free from the negative bonds that exist between us. As long as we do not forgive we pull them with us, or worse, as a heavy load. The great temptation is to cling in anger to our enemies & then define ourselves as being offended & wounded by them. Forgiveness, therefore, liberates not only the other but also ourselves. It is the way to the freedom of the children of God.
  • To live a spiritual life we must first find the courage to enter into the desert of our loneliness and to change it by gentle and persistent efforts into a garden of solitude. The movement from loneliness to solitude, however, is the beginning of any spiritual life because it it is the movement from the restless senses to the restful spirit,l from the outward-reaching cravings to the inward-reaching search, from the fearful clinging to the fearless play.
  • Life is precious. Not because it is unchangeable, like a diamond, but because it is vulnerable, like a little bird. To love life means to love its vulnerability, asking for care, attention, guidance, and support. Life and death are connected by vulnerability. The newborn child and the dying elder both remind us of the preciousness of our lives. Let’s not forget the preciousness and vulnerability of life during the times we are powerful, successful, and popular.
  • Jesus does not respond to our worry-filled way of living by saying that we should not be so busy with worldly affairs. He does not try to pull us away from the many events, activities, and people that make up our lives. . . . He asks us to shift the point of gravity, to relocate the center of our attention, to change our priorities. Jesus does not speak about a change of activities, a change in contacts, or even a change of pace. He speaks about a change of heart.
  • Teaching, therefore, asks first of all the creation of a space where students and teachers can enter into a fearless communication with each other and allow their respective life experiences to be their primary and most valuable source of growth and maturation. It asks for a mutual trust in which those who teach and those who want to learn can become present to each other, not as opponents, but as those who share in the same struggle and search for the same truth.
  • Compassion- which means, literally, “to suffer with”- is the way to the truth that we are most ourselves, not when we differ from others, but when we are the same. Indeed the main spiritual question is not, “What difference do you make?” but “What do you have in common?” It is not “excelling” but “serving” that makes us most human. It is not proving ourselves to be better than others but confessing to be just like others that is the way to healing and reconciliation.
  • The more you have loved and have allowed yourself to suffer because of your love, the more you will be able to let your heart grow wider and deeper. When your love is truly giving and receiving, those whom you love will not leave your heart even when they depart from you. The pain of rejection, absence, and death can become fruitful. Yes, as you love deeply the ground of your heart will be broken more and more, but you will rejoice in the abundance of the fruit it will bear.
  • Of one thing I am sure. Complaining is self-perpetuating and counterproductive. Whenever I express my complaints in the hope of evoking pity and receiving the satisfaction I so much desire, the result is always the opposite of what I tried to get. A complainer is hard to live with, and very few people know how to respond to the complaints made by a self-rejecting person. The tragedy is that, often, the complaint, once expressed, leads to that which is most feared: further rejection.
  • The more I think about the human suffering in our world and my desire to offer a healing response, the more I realize how crucial it is not to allow myself to become paralyzed by feelings of helplessness and guilt. More important than ever is to be very faithful to my vocation to do well the few things I am called to do and hold on to the joy and peace they bring me. I must resist the temptation to let the forces of darkness pull me into despair and make me one more of their many victims.
  • …marriage is foremost a vocation. Two people are called together to fulfill a mission that God has given them. Marriage is a spiritual reality. That is to say, a man and a woman come together for life, not just because they experience deep love for each other, but because they believe that God loves each of them with an infinite love and has called them to each other to be living witnesses of that love. To love is to embody God’s infinite love in a faithful communion with another human being.
  • Real grief is not healed by time… if time does anything, it deepens our grief. The longer we live, the more fully we become aware of who she was for us, and the more intimately we experience what her love meant for us. Real, deep love is, as you know, very unobtrusive, seemingly easy and obvious, and so present that we take it for granted. Therefore, it is only in retrospect – or better, in memory – that we fully realize its power and depth. Yes, indeed, love often makes itself visible in pain.
  • When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
  • The mystery of the spiritual life is that Jesus desires to meet us in the seclusion of our own heart, to make his love known to us there, to free us from our fears, and to make our own deepest self known to us Each time you let the love of God penetrate deeper into your heart it leads to a love of ourselves that enables us to give whole-hearted love to our fellow human beings. In the seclusion of our hearts we learn to know the hidden presence of God; and with that spiritual knowledge we can lead a loving life.
  • Friendship is one of the greatest gifts a human being can receive. It is a bond beyond common goals, common interests, or common histories. It is a bond stronger than sexual union can create, deeper than a shared fate can solidify, and even more intimate than the bonds of marriage or community. Friendship is being with the other in joy and sorrow, even when we cannot increase the joy or decrease the sorrow. It is a unity of souls that gives nobility and sincerity to love. Friendship makes all of life shine brightly.
  • But what I would like to say is that the spiritual life is a life in which you gradually learn to listen to a voice that says something else, that says, “You are the beloved and on you my favour rests.”… I want you to hear that voice. It is not a very loud voice because it is an intimate voice. It comes from a very deep place. It is soft and gentle. I want you to gradually hear that voice. We both have to hear that voice and to claim for ourselves that that voice speaks the truth, our truth. It tells us who we are.
  • A friend is more than a therapist or confessor, even though a friend can sometimes heal us and offer us God’s forgiveness. A friend is that other person with whom we can share our solitude, our silence, and our prayer. A friend is that other person with whom we can look at a tree and say, “Isn’t that beautiful,” or sit on the beach and silently watch the sun disappear under the horizon. With a friend we don’t have to say or do something special. With a friend we can be still and know that God is there with both of us.
  • One of the remarkable qualities of the story is that it creates space. We can dwell in a story, walk around, find our own place. The story confronts but does not oppress; the story inspires but does not manipulate. The story invites us to an encounter, a dialogue, a mutual sharing. As long as we have stories to tell to each other there is hope. As long as we can remind each other of the lives of men and women in whom the love of God becomes manifest, there is reason to move forward to new land in which new stories are hidden.
  • Through compassion it is possible to recognize that the craving for love that people feel resides also in our own hearts, that the cruelty the world knows all too well is also rooted in our own impulses. Through compassion we also sense our hope for forgiveness in our friends’ eyes and our hatred in their bitter mouths. When they kill, we know that we could have done it; when they give life, we know that we can do the same. For a compassionate person nothing human is alien: no joy and no sorrow, no way of living and no way of dying.
  • Jesus’ whole life and mission involve accepting powerlessness and revealing in this powerlessness the limitlessness of God’s love. Here we see what compassion means. It is not a bending toward the underprivileged from a privileged position; it is not a reaching out from on high to those who are less fortunate below; it is not a gesture of sympathy or pity for those who fail to make it in the upward pull. On the contrary, compassion means going directly to those people and places where suffering is most acute and building a home there.
  • One of the experiences of prayer is that it seems that nothing happens. But when you start with it and look back over a long period of prayer, you suddenly realize that something has happened.  What is most close, most intimate, most present, often cannot be experienced directly but only with a certain distance.  When I think that I am only distracted, just wasting my time, something is happening too Immediate for knowing, understanding, and experiencing.  Only in retrospect do I realize that something very important has taken place.
  • A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.
  • Joy is what makes life worth living, but for many joy seems hard to find. They complain that their lives are sorrowful and depressing. What then brings the joy we so much desire? Are some people just lucky, while others have run out of luck? Strange as it may sound, we can choose joy. Two people can be part of the same event, but one may choose to live it quite differently than the other. One may choose to trust that what happened, painful as it may be, holds a promise. The other may choose despair and be destroyed by it. What makes us human is precisely this freedom of choice.
  • It is this nothingness (in solitude) that I have to face in my solitude, a nothingness so dreadful that everything in me wants to run to my friends, my work, and my distractions so that I can forget my nothingness and make myself believe that I am worth something. The task is to persevere in my solitude, to stay in my cell until all my seductive visitors get tired of pounding on my door and leave me alone. The wisdom of the desert is that the confrontation with our own frightening nothingness forces us to surrender ourselves totally and unconditionally to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • If you feel a great loneliness and a deep longing for human contact, you have to be extremely discerning…and ask yourself whether this situation is truly God given. Because where God wants you to be, God holds you safe and gives you peace, even when there is pain. To live a disciplined life is to live in such a way that you want only to be where God is with you. The more deeply you live your spiritual life, the easier it will be to discern the difference between living with God and living without God, and the easier it will be to move away from the places where God is no longer with you.

 

Billy Graham (quotes)

  • God’s hand never slips.
  • One with God is a majority.
  • I wish I’d watched less TV.
  • I don’t have many sad days.
  • I just want to lobby for God.
  • Life is a glorious opportunity.
  • Even our pets can become idols.
  • Your faith and hope are in god.
  • You choose sin. You practice sin.
  • The Christian is an idol breaker.
  • May the Lord bless you real good.
  • Its either Christ or the other god.
  • God has a plan for your retirement.
  • Ruth and I are happily incompatible.
  • It takes suffering to widen the soul.
  • I never saw a U-Haul behind a hearse.
  • The only thing He forgets is our sins.
  • You’re rich if you’ve had a meal today.
  • Many of you wavier by the way you live.
  • Millions of angels are at God’s command.
  • A lot of Jews are great friends of mine.
  • Don’t wavier. Make a decision. Do it now.
  • The seed of sin is in us when we are born.
  • Commitment to great causes makes great men.
  • Some of us want the crown before the cross.
  • God’s path always delivers what He promises.
  • I would not want to live in any other period.
  • I can’t explain 9/11, except the evil of man.
  • The Bible is the Constitution of Christianity.
  • Give your life to Christ, he’ll challenge you.
  • There are many things that I don’t understand.
  • Evil is real – but so is God’s power and love.
  • Christ not only died for all: He died for each.
  • The Bible says we must choose two ways of life.
  • The greatest fear comes when God is a stranger.
  • The end of the world begins the moment you die.
  • Everybody has a little bit of Watergate in him.
  • To be peacemaker, you must know the peace giver.
  • A prayerless Christian is a powerless Christian.
  • Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
  • There is no joy in life like the joy of sharing.
  • No nation is ever taller than when on its knees.
  • Confidentiality is the essence of being trusted.
  • I have the problems of, I must confess, old age.
  • I’m not focused on the gay and lesbian movement.
  • Don’t let past mistakes keep you from seeking God
  • Those who have suffered make the best comforters.
  • There come times when we have to fight for peace.
  • He (man) is both dust of earth and breath of God.
  • Before prayer changes others, it first changes us.
  • When Satan knocks, I just send Christ to the door.
  • Every successful work of God must have opposition.
  • I have so many gay friends, and we remain friends.
  • God never tempts any man. That is Satan’s business.
  • Without the resurrection, the cross is meaningless.
  • Ask God to show you His plans, not bless your dreams
  • On our knees we are the most powerful force on earth
  • The same sun that melts the butter hardens the clay.
  • Serve God and live; serve these other gods and died.
  • Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling.
  • Be sure that your motive in praying is to glorify God.
  • The way we live often speaks far louder than our words.
  • At the foot of the cross, there are no racial barriers.
  • The Bible is clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself.
  • Envy and greed starve on a steady diet of thanksgiving.
  • Grief’s darkness fades in the sunlight of thanksgiving.
  • Only those who want everything done for them are bored.
  • The Christian should stand out like a sparkling diamond.
  • A Christian is someone who has turned to God from idols.
  • Chose you this day whom, not tomorrow, whom you’ll serve?
  • God does not call us to be successful, but to be obedient.
  • You cannot build a superstructure on a cracked foundation.
  • Integrity is the glue that holds our way of life together.
  • If you find a perfect church don’t join it: You’d spoil it.
  • Read the Bible. Work hard and honestly. And don’t complain.
  • The greatest surprise in life to me is the brevity of life.
  • I am just one of many thousands called to be an evangelist.
  • The problems of peace are greater than the problems of war.
  • The Bible teaches that all sin begins with sinful thinking.
  • You cannot serve god and mammon. You have to make a choice.
  • My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.
  • Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.
  • Prayer should not be merely an act, but an attitude of life.
  • Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have
  • Our way lies not in human ingenuity, but in a return to God.
  • Because God is love, He could not completely cast man aside.
  • Death is robbed of much of its terror for the true believer.
  • Live each day as if it were your last for some day it will be.
  • A life touched by the Holy Spirit will tolerate sin no longer.
  • Salvation is free! God puts no price tag on the Gift of gifts.
  • I’ve spent too much time giving speeches, traveling the world.
  • When the family is destroyed, society eventually disintegrates.
  • The entire plan for the future has its key in the resurrection.
  • God’s angels often protect his servants from potential enemies.
  • All mankind is crying out for guidance, for comfort, for peace.
  • … a true servant of God is someone who helps another succeed.
  • There is no way of salvation except through the cross of Christ.
  • Heaven is full of answers for which nobody ever bothered to ask.
  • When you come to Christ, you have to give up all the other gods.
  • Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.
  • A suffering person does not need a lecture – he needs a listener.
  • Faith grows when it is planted in the fertile soil of God’s Word.
  • Every human being is under construction from conception to death.
  • I don’t think there is a single social issue I haven’t spoken on.
  • God’s grace, quite simply, is God’s mercy and goodness toward us.
  • To the Christian death is the exchanging of a tent for a building.
  • You’re born. You suffer. You die. Fortunately, there’s a loophole.
  • Kindness is an essential part of Gods work and ours here on earth.
  • The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.
  • I can barely walk, but it’s a privilege to be able to move at all.
  • Heaven is real and hell is real, and eternity is but a breath away.
  • Jesus Christ opened heaven’s door for us by His death on the cross.
  • God’s mercy and grace give me hope – for myself, and for our world.
  • Psychaiatrist realize that there are curative powers in confession.
  • Faith is loved and honored by God more than any other single thing.
  • I can’t prove it scientifically, that there’s a God, but I believe.
  • … the thing that kept Christ on that cross was love, not the nail.
  • You can’t control the length of your life. You can control the depth
  • When Christ’s love fills our hearts, it puts selfishness on the run.
  • I will never do anything in my entire life except preach the Gospel.
  • Talk about God can become dreary and lackluster if God isn’t in you.
  • There’s a way of life, there’s a way of death. Which way are you on?
  • The word of God hidden in the heart is a stubborn voice to suppress.
  • If I had to do it all over again, I would speak less and study more.
  • Sin then is not a toy with which to play but a terror to be shunned.
  • The Beatles are a passing phase, symptoms of the confusion about us.
  • True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency.
  • Prayer is more than a wish; it is the voice of faith directed to God.
  • Learn to keep close to Jesus, to listen to His voice, and follow Him.
  • The angels minister to God’s servants in time of hardship and danger.
  • We’re all sinners. Everybody you meet all over the world is a sinner.
  • Our World has becoime a neighbourhood without becoming a brotherhood.
  • You will never understand who you are until you understand who God is.
  • I can tell you that God is alive because I talked to him this morning.
  • Homes that are built on anything other than love are bound to crumble.
  • If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.
  • Being judgmental and condemning is not one of the gifts of the Spirit.
  • Do you want to trust your life in God’s pocket or keep it in your own?
  • The farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control.
  • To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.
  • God is concerned about everything that concerns us – without exception.
  • The most devastating effect of sin is that by it, we are blinded to it.
  • We are not cistern made for hoarding, we are channels made for sharing.
  • The world’s favorite verb is ‘get’. The verb of the Christian is ‘give’
  • Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God.
  • Believers, look up – take courage. The angels are nearer than you think.
  • … some day you will have to give an account for every penny you spent.
  • For a married couple to expect perfection for each other is unrealistic.
  • Why should we give God thanks? Because everything we have comes from God.
  • We have perfected our weapons but failed to perfect the men who use them.
  • The moment we take our last breath on earth, we take our first in heaven.
  • What we think of Christ influences our thinking and controls our actions.
  • The older I get, the more important the eternal becomes to me personally.
  • The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.
  • Heaven doesn’t make this life less important; it makes it more important.
  • Having knowledge of the Bible is essential to a rich and meaningful life.
  • Few people realize the profound part angelic forces play in human events.
  • We in America should be grateful to God for the blessing he has given us.
  • The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
  • If people are kicking you in the behind, at least you’re in front of them.
  • The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service.
  • Nothing can bring a real sense of security into the home except true love.
  • God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.
  • It (the Bible) has never bowed its head before the discoveries of science.
  • I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.
  • No matter how dark and hopeless a situation might seem, never stop praying.
  • Only God who made us can touch us and change us and save us from ourselves.
  • God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with.
  • Guy Lafleur said “Each of us has only one past but there are many futures”.
  • I haven’t been faithful to my own advice in the past. I will in the future.
  • God doesn’t owe us anything yet in His grace, He still gives us good things.
  • A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
  • I have never known anyone to accept Christ’s redemption and later regret it.
  • If you are ignorant of God’s Word, you will always be ignorant of God’s will.
  • We can change the course of events if we go to our knees in believing prayer.
  • I look forward to death with great anticipation, to meeting God face to face.
  • Right is right, and wrong is wrong, in small things as well as in big things.
  • In a very real sense, the suffering of this world was created by man himself.
  • Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.
  • It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge and my job to love.
  • The most remarkable thing about suffering is that God can use it for our good.
  • Our society strives to avoid any possibility of offending anyone – except God.
  • Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has.
  • If there are any tears shed in heaven, it will be because we prayed so little.
  • Our faith becomes stronger as we express it; a growing faith is a sharing faith
  • The Bay Area is so beautiful, I hesitate to preach about heaven while I’m here.
  • The Bible is clear – God’s definition of marriage is between a man and a woman.
  • People have a negative impression of New York that I don’t think is quite fair.
  • If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now.
  • ‘God is Love’ means that He tries constantly to block your route to destruction.
  • You not only choose between two ways of life but you choose between two masters.
  • It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray.
  • As I got older, I guess I became more mellow and more forgiving and more loving.
  • Christmas is not a myth, not a tradition, not a dream. It is a glorious reality.
  • Life is just a schoolroom with a glorious opportunity to prepare us for eternity.
  • Remember: the Bible is our only authoritative source of information about Heaven.
  • A checkbook is a theological document, it will tell you who and what you worship.
  • God has not promised to bless my thoughts, but He has promised to bless His Word.
  • Not to decide is to decide not to, nowhere in the bible does it promise tomorrow.
  • Jesus had a humble heart. If He abides in us, pride will never dominate our lives.
  • When you follow Christ, it must be a total burning of all your bridges behind you.
  • Just because the truth is unpopular doesn’t mean that it should not be proclaimed.
  • Whatever you love most, be it sports, pleasure, business or God, that is your god!
  • You can’t change your past but you can change you destiny but deciding for Christ.
  • I am convinced that only when a man is prepared to die is he also prepared to live.
  • All my life I’ve been taught how to die, but no one ever taught me how to grow old.
  • Once you’ve lost your privacy, you realize you’ve lost an extremely valuable thing.
  • Alexander the great was ask how he conquered the world he said, “by not waivering”.
  • Throughout my ministry, I have sought to build bridges between Jews and Christians.
  • We should not pray for God to be on our side, but pray that we may be on God’s side.
  • We cannot truly face life until we face the fact that it will be taken away from us.
  • Many people have just enough natural religion to make them immune to the real thing.
  • Only when we understand the holiness of God will we understand the depth of our sin.
  • The greatest need in the world at this moment is the transformation of human nature.
  • Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.
  • Heaven is a wonderful place and the benefits for the believer are out of this world!
  • Our afflictions would trouble us much less if we knew God’s reason for sending them.
  • It is not the temptations you have, but the decision you make about them that counts.
  • The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance.
  • Man has two great spiritual needs. One is for forgiveness. The other is for goodness.
  • Christ demands first place. There’s no room on the throne of your heart for two gods.
  • I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.
  • Wherever the Gospel is preached, no matter how crudely, there are bound to be results.
  • Every day without exception – is a gift from God, entrusted to us to use for His glory.
  • I believe the home and marriage is the foundation of our society and must be protected.
  • Don’t worry about what you can’t do; focus instead on what you can do… and then do it.
  • Men change, fashions change, conditions and circumstances change, but God never changes.
  • The secret of a happy home is that members of the family learn to give and receive love.
  • … the way we view death determines, to a surprising degree, the way we live our lives.
  • God never takes away something from your life without replacing it with something better.
  • God will never send anybody to hell. If man goes to hell, he goes by his own free choice.
  • Salvation is an act of God. It is initiated by God, wrought by God, and sustained by God.
  • Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.
  • Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment; being a Christian is the work of a lifetime.
  • Christianity is not a spectator sport. It’s something in which we become totally involved.
  • Suppose you could gain everything in the whole world, and lost your soul. Was it worth it?
  • There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men.
  • Any other foundation will fail, but Christ is a sure and steady rock to build your life on.
  • My hope does not rest in the affairs of this world. It rests in Christ who is coming again.
  • If it weren’t for God’s grace, you and I wouldn’t be able to live for even one more minute.
  • No matter what trials we face, Christ never leaves us. He is with us every step of the way!
  • It is a great privilege, as well as our responsibility, to pray for our government leaders.
  • The Gospel never grows old. It applies to every generation alike. We have to make a choice.
  • There are a lot of groups that feel a little bit strange around me, because I am inclusive.
  • … Not only are we comforted in our trials, but our trials can equip us to comfort others.
  • … our little things are all big to God’s love; our big things are all small to His power.
  • It’s sometimes comical to hear the younger generation ask their peers to repeat themselves.
  • Down inside we have a longing for God-what Pascal called “the vacuum which God left behind.
  • If your faith isn’t rooted in the Bible, it will wither like a plant pulled out of the soil.
  • Tears shed for self are tears of weakness, but tears shed for others are a sign of strength.
  • The Bible is not an option, it is a necessity. You cannot grow spiritually strong without it.
  • We can receive Jesus Christ when we believe in His message and trust in Him alone to save us.
  • A coach will impact more people in one year than the average person will in an entire lifetime.
  • … when we are hurt it is important to remember that God Himself has allowed it for a purpose.
  • May our prayers today, and every day, be from our hearts and with the focus of our whole being.
  • Communism has decided against God, against Christ, against the Bible, and against all religion.
  • I am convinced that these heavenly beings exist and that they provide unseen aid on our behalf.
  • The cross shows us the seriousness of our sin-but it also shows us the immeasurable love of God.
  • Anxiety is the natural result when our hopes are centered in anything short of God and His will.
  • If we have no mercy toward others, that is one proof that we have never experienced God’s mercy.
  • Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.
  • A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.
  • If God can be fully proved by the human mind, then He is no greater than the mind that proves Him.
  • If you don’t make a decision then time will make it for you and time will always side against you!
  • Sex is front-page copy everywhere. [But] nothing can alter the fact that God calls perversion sin.
  • Knowing we will be with Christ forever far outweighs our burdens today! Keep your eyes on eternity!
  • God knows what is best for you, and He wants to reveal it to you and show you what you ought to do.
  • I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.
  • It could be that one of the greatest hindrances to evangelism is the poverty of our own experience.
  • The word of God teaches that Christians suffer in order that they might glorify God in their lives.
  • The most prominent place in hell is reserved for those who are neutral on the great issues of life.
  • é”Sincerity is the biggest part of selling anything — including the Christian plan of salvation.
  • You have to decide to servant the gods of materialism all around us or the true and the living God.
  • The cross is offensive because it directly confronts the evils which dominate so much of this world.
  • Even when life may be difficult, we should thank God for all He does for us-which we do not deserve.
  • Don’t apologize for who you are and what you’ve done in the past. Be who you are and do what you do.
  • I think that I failed by not studying more, and praying more, and spending more time with my family.
  • Auschwitz stands as a tragic reminder of the terrible potential man has for violence and inhumanity.
  • The philosopher says think your way out. The sensualist says play your way out but none of it works.
  • There is a vast difference between intellectual belief and the total conversion that saves the soul.
  • I trust Jesus with all my tomorrows, knowing that He will solve the mystery of life beyond the grave.
  • The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.
  • God can use a sensitive Christian to be a rich blessing in the life of one who knows pain and sorrow.
  • I never pray on a golf course. Actually, the Lord answers my prayers everywhere except on the course.
  • A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Are you unstable about your relationship to Christ?
  • Be assured that there is no sin you have ever committed that the blood of Jesus Christ cannot cleanse.
  • Someday a loving Hand will be laid upon our shoulder and this brief message will be given: “Come home.
  • God does not discipline us to subdue us, but to condition us for a life of usefulness and blessedness.
  • For the Christian, all is not hopeless unless his affections are centered on the things of this world.
  • I’m going to Heaven just like the thief on the cross who said in that last moment: ‘Lord, remember me.’
  • Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle.
  • I’m not an analyzer. I’ve got a son that analyzes everything and everybody. But I don’t analyze people.
  • We should ask ourselves three questions before we speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it glorify Christ?
  • Truly, God works in mysterious ways. The wheels of His mercy and justice move quietly, but they do move.
  • I believe that I have received Jesus Christ into my heart. I believe that he has covered all of my sins.
  • In one bold stroke, forgiveness obliterates the past and permits us to enter the land of new beginnings.
  • My calling is to preach the love of God and the forgiveness of God and the fact that he does forgive us.
  • If we fail to solve this moral and spiritual crisis we may be doomed like the great nations of the past.
  • The only place we can find a clear, unmistakable message is in the Word of God, which we call the Bible.
  • If you want the perfect plan that God has for your life, you will have to go by way of Calvary to get it.
  • Sin was conquered on the cross. Christ’s death is the foundation of our hope, the promise of our triumph.
  • One of the primary goals in life … should be to prepare for death. Everything else should be secondary.
  • One of the greatest priorities of the church today is to mobilize the laity to do the work of evangelism.
  • Any preacher who preaches beyond that which he has experienced is incapable of preaching with conviction.
  • The crowds themselves are meaningless. The thing that counts is what happens to the hearts of the people.
  • The Bible’s emphasis is on the good treatment of animals, and not just the forbidding of cruel treatment.
  • The Bible teaches that history began in the Middle East, and someday history will end in the Middle East.
  • Perhaps the greatest psychological, spiritual, and medical need that all people have is the need for hope.
  • In some ways, Christians are homeless. Our true home is waiting for us, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Prayer is speaking to God – but sometimes He uses our times of prayerful silence to speak to us in return.
  • Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, the most poignant poems, the most gripping stories.
  • I am never lonely when I am reading the Bible. Nothing dissolves loneliness like a session with God’s Word.
  • Those who have a true love of freedom will do everything in their power to keep the freedom that they have.
  • Prayer never works for me on the golf course. That may have something to do with my being a terrible putter.
  • Some believe strongly that each Christian may have his own guardian angel assigned to watch over him or her.
  • Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.
  • Prayers have no boundaries. They can leap miles and continents and be translated instantly into any language.
  • It’s a paradise that we are going to go into, because to be in the presence of God itself will be a paradise.
  • Each generation faces different issues and challenges, but our standard must always be measured by God’s Word.
  • Man has no ability to repair this damaged planet. The flaw in human nature is too great. God is our only hope!
  • The Lord blesses people who bless others, and He gives grace to those who focus on the things that please Him.
  • The great comfort in knowing that angels minister to believers in Christ is that God Himself sends them to us.
  • Prayer is the rope that pulls God and man together. But, it doesn’t pull God down to us: It pulls us up to Him.
  • Like a spring of pure water, God’s peace in our hearts brings cleansing and refreshment to our minds and bodies
  • God’s hand never slips. He never makes a mistake. His every move is for our own good and for our ultimate good.
  • The Bible stresses that a marriage ideally should be a picture or a reflection of Christ’s love for His people.
  • I know God is in charge. Not me, I’m nothing. I wouldn’t be anything except for the power of the spirit of God.
  • God’s holiness demands that sin be punished – but God’s love has provided the way of redemption through Christ.
  • …hymns have been a powerful instrument of God to draw people closer to His Word and the saving riches therein.
  • Either communism must die or Christianity must die because it’s actually a battle between Christ and Anti-Christ.
  • When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
  • The Spirit goes ahead of us when we witness—preparing the way, giving us the words, and granting us courage.
  • Christ alone can bring lasting peace – peace with God – peace among men and nations – and peace within our hearts.
  • I am convinced that when a man sincerely searches for God with all his heart, God will reveal Himself in some way.
  • Fear can paralyze us and keep us from believing God and stepping out in faith. The devil loves a fearful Christian!
  • Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.
  • Our chaotic, confused world has no greater need than to hear the message of good news – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • 3 is prime, 5 is prime, 7 is prime, 9 is an unfortunate mistake of the devil. But if it repents, it will be saved!
  • Don’t be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but put Christ and his will first in everything you do.
  • I [will] not go to heaven because I am a preacher. I am going to heaven entirely on the merit of the work of Christ.
  • I never imagined anybody would ever come out to hear me preach. I’m just a country dairy farmer from North Carolina.
  • Only when Christ comes again will the little white children of Alabama walk hand in hand with little black children.
  • God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
  • If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
  • “I’m in a win-win playoff. ” Response of a Christian dying of cancer at thirty on the prospect of miraculous healing.
  • A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
  • Faith implies four things: self-renunciation, reliance with utter confidence on Christ, obedience, and a changed life.
  • A true Christian, living an obedient life, is a constant rebuke to those who accept the moral standards of this world.
  • The basic unit of any society is the home. When the home begins to break, the society is on the way to disintegration.
  • Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.
  • The Bible is to your soul what bread is to your body. You need it daily. One good meal does not suffice for a lifetime.
  • Donôt miss what the Lord has in store for those who love Him and are willing to let Him be the Master of their lives.
  • Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness.
  • I don’t think the government should be in the trailer-park business. I don’t think they know how to run a trailer park.
  • We are the Bibles the world is reading; We are the creeds the world is needing; We are the sermons the world is heeding.
  • Be to the world a sign that while we as Christians do not have all the answers, we do know and care about the questions.
  • Love is to the heart what the summer is to the farmer’s year. It brings to harvest all the loveliest flowers of the soul.
  • When our faith becomes nothing more than a series of rules and regulations, joy flees and our love for Christ grows cold.
  • All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow, and they need your compassion and encouragement.
  • Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling.
  • Take your eyes and your ears and your hands and your feet and your thoughts and your heart: Give them completely to Christ
  • The growing possibility of our destroying ourselves and the world with our own neglect and excess is tragic and very real.
  • The born-again Christian sees life not as a blurred , confused, meaningless mass, but as something planned and purposeful.
  • I am convinced the greatest act of love we can ever perform for people is to tell them about God’s love for them in Christ.
  • To paraphrase the Bible, what shall it profit a man (or a woman) who gains the whole world but loses his or her own family?
  • Churchgoers are like coals in a fire. When they cling together, they keep the flame aglow; when they separate, they die out.
  • Angels belong to a uniquely different dimension of creation which we, limited to the natural order, can scarcely comprehend.
  • Far too many young people today have no spiritual roots. The’ve been deprived of values by an agnostic, contemporary culture.
  • Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic, or Jewish.
  • Love your children-and let them know you love them. Children who experience love find it far easier to believe God loves them.
  • God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.
  • We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, “Weep with them that weep.” (Romans 12:15, KJV)
  • Pope John Paul II was unquestionably the most influential voice for morality and peace in the world during the last 100 years.
  • If you’d have said Evangelical in 1957, most people wouldn’t know what you were talking about. And then, they’d be against it.
  • My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ.
  • The thought of the future life with its prerogatives and joys helps to make the trials of the present seem light and transient.
  • While we do not place our faith directly in angels, we should place it in the God who rules the angels; then we can have peace.
  • I am convinced that people are open to the Christian message if it is seasoned with authority and proclaimed as God’s own Word.
  • Scripture tells us that there will be signs pointing toward the return of the Lord. I believe all these signs are evident today.
  • End of Construction. Thank you ‘for your patience. ” Inscription on Ruth Bell Graham’s grave — inspired hy a road sign she saw.
  • When God forgives us and purifies us of our sin, He also forgets it. Forgiveness results in God dropping the charges against us.
  • Over the years I’ve seen people lose a spouse and then withdraw and lose interest in life, and I believe we need to resist that.
  • No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply.
  • Sin is the second most powerful force in the universe, for it sent Jesus to the cross. Only one force is greater-the love of God.
  • Tim Keller’s ministry in New York City is leading a generation of seekers and skeptics toward belief in God. I thank God for him.
  • When asked his secret of love, being married fifty-four years to the same person, he said, “Ruth and I are happily incompatible.”
  • Ringing assurance that we are not alone… That we are assisted and defended by a powerful and glorious order of invisible Beings.
  • I’m glad to know that we do have political leaders that believe in God, and that has been true from the days of George Washington.
  • Heaven will be the perfection we’ve always longed for. All the things that made Earth unlovely and tragic will be absent in heaven.
  • When anyone has the power to destroy the whole human race in a matter of hours, it becomes a moral issue. The church must speak out.
  • The Holy Spirit illuminates the minds of people, makes us yearn for God, and takes spiritual truth and makes it understandable to us.
  • Grumbling and gratitude are, for the child of God, in conflict. Be grateful and you won’t grumble. Grumble and you won’t be grateful.
  • The motive of grace is the infinite, compassionate love of a merciful God, but the work of grace was the death of Christ on the cross.
  • Only as we bow in contrition, confession, and repentance at the foot of the cross, can we find forgiveness. There is the grace of God.
  • There is nothing new about humanism. It is the yielding to Satan’s first temptation of Adam and Eve: “Ye shall be as gods.” (Gen. 3:5)
  • God does not change – and neither does His love. He loved you before you were born… He loves you now… and He will love you forever.
  • Don’t let circumstances distress you. Rather, look for the will of God for your life to be revealed in and through those circumstances.
  • God measures people by the small dimensions of humility and not by the bigness of their achievements or the size of their capabilities.
  • Many people have come to Christ as a result of my participation in presenting the Gospel to them. It’s all the work of the Holy Spirit.
  • As this New Year begins, ask God to help you tune your life every day to His Word, so you can bring harmony and joy to those around you.
  • Although we may trust God’s promises for life after death and the certainty of a heavenly home, we must still face the reality of death.
  • His (God) love is not a passing fancy or superficial emotion; it is a profound and unshakable commitment that seeks what is best for us.
  • Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
  • When thanksgiving is filled with true meaning and is not just the formality of a polite ‘thank you,’ it is the recognition of dependence.
  • I think that if I would talk on a political subject, if I talk about it, it would divide the audience on that issue. That’s not my issue.
  • Many invest wisely in business matters, but fail to invest time and interest in their most valued possessions: their spouses and children.
  • There are people that say they will do better but they never do better. They have no power in them to do better until they come to Christ.
  • There are nine orders of angels, to wit, angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim
  • The word ‘romance,’ according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.
  • The key word of the dedicated Christian should be ‘give.’ Charitable contributions speak eloquently of your unselfish Christian generosity.
  • Men have discovered other philosophical and ethical systems, but they have not found another Jesus Christ. No one in history can match Him.
  • Whatever affliction comes in our life, our Lord goes into the valley with us, leading us by the hand, even carrying us when it is necessary.
  • Prayer shouldn’t be casual or sporadic, dictated only by the needs of the moment. Prayer should be as much a part of our lives as breathing.
  • The reason we have this inner conviction that death is not the end – and that Heaven exists – is because we were created in the image of God.
  • On a specific day marked on the earth’s calendar, and in a specific place on the earth’s map, the Son of God came to the planet. It was love.
  • Everything we have comes from (God’s) hands; even if we worked for it or earned it, He still gave us the ability and the opportunity to do it.
  • It may be difficult to understand why a test comes our way, but we must never forget that the test is accomplishing refining and purification.
  • Without dark clouds in our lives, we would never know the joy of sunshine. We can become callous and unteachable if we do not learn from pain.
  • … the same hand that made trees and fields and flowers, the seas and hills, the clouds and sky, has been making a home for us called heaven.
  • I have never been quite sure who controls the weather. Although we always prayed for clear skies, I have had to preach in all kinds of storms.
  • Don’t be a half-Christian. There are too many of such in the world. The world has a profound respect for people who are sincere in their faith.
  • Living for Christ is a day-to-day going on with Him. It is a continuous dependence upon the Spirit of God. It is believing in His faithfulness.
  • First of all, you have to meet God with light! I do not believe that any man, that any man can solve the problems of life without Jesus Christ.
  • Even when we allow our imaginations to run wild on the joys of heaven, we find that our minds are incapable of conceiving what it will be like.
  • God can take anything that happens to us-even bad things-and use it to shape us and make us into a better, more Christlike person-if we let Him.
  • Faith that saves has one distinguishing quality: saving faith is a faith that produces obedience; it is a faith that brings about a way of life.
  • Look, I happen to agree with what George says about the interpretation of the New Testament, but I want to remind both of you to never play God.
  • The very practice of reading [the Bible] will have a purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing take the place of this daily exercise.
  • Avail yourself of the greatest privilege this side of heaven. Jesus Christ died to make this communion and communication with the Father possible.
  • I have never talked publicly or privately about the Jewish people, including conversations with President Nixon, except in the most positive terms.
  • No matter who you are or what your life has been like so far, the rest of your life’s journey can be different. With God’s help you can begin again.
  • The resurrection blasts apart the finality of death, providing an alternative to the stifling, settling dust of death and opens the way to new life.
  • It’s no secret that in New York during the last 30 years there has been a tragic exodus from the churches into materialism, secularism and humanism.
  • Your salvation depends on what [Christ] has done for you, not on what you do for Him. It isn’t your hold on God that saves you. It’s His hold on you.
  • It is impossible to believe anything into existence. The gospel did not come into being because men believed it…The fact always precedes the faith.
  • The Bible does not teach that sin is completely eradicated from the Christian in this life, but it does teach that sin shall no longer reign over you.
  • Old age may have its limitations and challenges, but in spite of them, our latter years can be some of the most rewarding and fulfilling of our lives.
  • Often the only thing a child can remember about an adult in later years, when he or she is grown, is whether or not that person was kind to him or her.
  • You can receive Christ into your heart, and he can bring joy, and a thrill, and glory such as you have never known – if you will give your life to him.
  • Can you see God? You haven’t seen him? I’ve never seen the wind. I see the effects of the wind, but I’ve never seen the wind. There’s a mystery to it.
  • I only know that when Jesus is with a person, that one can endure the deepest suffering and somehow emerge a better and stronger Christian because of it.
  • Worship leader George Beverly Shea kidded Billy Graham that the latter would be unemployed in Heaven — while Shea would still have a job leading worship.
  • Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle’s light.
  • Sometimes I’m asked to list the most important steps in preparing for an evangelistic mission, and my reply is always the same: prayer… prayer… prayer.
  • My prayer today is that we will feel the loving arms of God wrapped around us, and will know in our hearts that He will never forsake us as we trust in Him.
  • It was not the people or the Roman soldiers who put Jesus on the cross – it was your sins and my sins that made it necessary for Him to volunteer His death.
  • Be careful before leaving someone in a sorrowing situation. Say a word of prayer with them and share even a brief word of encouragement from the Scriptures.
  • If America is to survive, we must elect more God-centered men and women to public office; individuals who will seek Divine guidance in the affairs of state.
  • Think of working forever at something you love to do, for one you love with all your heart, and never getting tired! We will never know weariness in heaven.
  • We’re all so busy. We race and race. Life is a sprint. We want to get ‘there’ so badly. But I wonder if we even know what to do when we actually get ‘there’.
  • There is more evidence that Jesus rose from the dead than there is that Julius Caesar ever lived or that Alexander the Great died at the age of thirty-three.
  • Our world is constantly changing but the needs of our hearts remain the same, and so does God’s power to transform our lives and give us hope for the future.
  • The most thrilling thing about heaven is that Jesus Christ will be there. I will see Him face to face. Jesus Christ will meet us at the end of life’s journey.
  • When we grieve over someone who has died in Christ, we are sorrowing not for them, but for ourselves. Our grief isn’t a sign of weak faith, but of great love.
  • What does the divine sufferer (Jesus) demand from us? Only our faith, our love, our grateful praise, our consecrated hearts and lives. Is that too much to ask?
  • Don’t ever hesitate to take to [God] whatever is on your heart. He already knows it anyway, but He doesn’t want you to bear its pain or celebrate its joy alone.
  • God can use the fear that grips the hearts of men today to point them to eternal truths- the truth of God’s eternal judgment, and the truth of His eternal love.
  • I’m thankful for the incredible advances in medicine that have taken place during my lifetime. I almost certainly wouldn’t still be here if it weren’t for them.
  • There comes a moment when we all must realize that life is short, and in the end the only thing that really counts is not how others see us, but how God sees us.
  • Heavenly rest will be so refreshing that we will never feel that exhaustion of mind and body we so frequently experience now. I’m really looking forward to that.
  • We have been proud and thought we were better than any other race, any other people. Ladies and gentlemen, we are going to stumble into hell because of our pride.
  • Even if we may not always understand why God allows certain things to happen to us, we can know He is able to bring good out of evil, and triumph out of suffering.
  • Some people say they will follow their conscience..many of us have dead consciences. Your conscience is no longer a safe guide. You’ve harden it, you’ve deaden it.
  • Those outside the church expect followers of Christ to live differently, yet today many in church are chasing after the world – not to win them, but to be like them.
  • At great cost to Himself, God has made it possible for each of us to live with Him eternally. Those who reject God’s offer of a heavenly home will be assigned to hell.
  • Learn to commit every situation to God, and trust Him for the outcome. God’s love for you never changes, no matter what problems you face or how unsettled life becomes.
  • A spirit of thankfulness is one of the most distinctive marks of a Christian whose heart is attuned to the Lord. Thank God in the midst of trials and every persecution.
  • Life is a glorious opportunity, if it is used to condition us for eternity. If we fail in this, though we succeed in everything else, our life will have been a failure.
  • A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
  • Happy is the person who has learned the secret of being content with whatever life brings him, and has learned to rejoice in the simple and beautiful things around him.
  • I look forward to seeing Christ and bowing down before Him in praise and gratitude for all He has done for us, and for using me on this earth by His grace-just as I am.
  • Freedom of speech means nothing to a people who are too weak in their convictions to speak out against the evil that is eating at the heart of the nation like a cancer.
  • We need to be reminded that there is nothing morbid about honestly confronting the fact of life’s end, and preparing for it so that we may go gracefully and peacefully.
  • There are three of you. There is the person you think you are. There is the person others think you are. There is the person God knows you are and can be through Christ.
  • All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty.
  • If you could work your way to heaven, you would said look what I did, I got myself here by my good works. The only way you are going to make it is to come to that Cross.
  • The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.
  • To drive to extinction something He has created is wrong. He has a purpose for everything… We Christians have a responsibility to take the lead in caring for the earth.
  • God is unchanging in His love. He loves you. He has a plan for your life. Don’t let the newspaper headlines frighten you. God is still sovereign; He’s still on the throne.
  • We have found that marriage should be made up of two forgivers. We need to learn to say, “I was wrong, I’m sorry.” And we also need to say, “That’s all right, I love you.”
  • All too often we are more afraid of physical pain than of moral wrong. The cross is the standing evidence of the fact that holiness is a principle for which God would die.
  • God made us for one reason: so He could have fellowship with us. It wasn’t that He was lonely or needed us but He made us in His image so He could shower His love upon us.
  • Someday your life will be over, no matter how much attention you give to your health. Will you look back with regret, because you nourished your body but starved your soul?
  • The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men. He came to die.  This is the heart of Christmas.
  • Most of all, God has blessed us by giving us the privilege of knowing Him and walking with Him every day. He did this by sending His Son into the world to die for our sins.
  • Don’t let failure or disappointment cut you off from God or make you think that the future is hopeless. When God closes one door, He often opens another door – if we seek it.
  • Jesus used the carefree attitude of the birds to underscore the fact that worrying is unnatural. I am learning in my own life, day by day, to keep my mind centered on Christ.
  • The Bible is actually a library of books-some long, some short- written over hundreds of years by many authors. Behind each one, however, was [the] Author: the Spirit of God.
  • When life is hard it’s easy to focus only on the bad things and forget all about the good things God has given us. But God has blessed every one of us in ways we often overlook.
  • When we come to Christ, weôre no longer the most important person in the world to us; Christ is. Instead of living only for ourselves, we have a higher goal: to live for Jesus.
  • The men who followed Him were unique in their generation. They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up. The world has never been the same.
  • Today, we come together to confess our need of God. Those perpetrators who took us on to tear us apart, it has worked the other way. It has backfired; it has brought us together.
  • God knows what we are going through when we grieve, and He wants to assure us of His love and concern. He also wants us to turn to Him and bring our heartaches and burdens to Him.
  • Only the Lord Jesus can redeem the soul that is steeped in guilt and shame. This baggage weighs us down until we accept Jesus’ gift-the gift that liberates souls from sin’s power.
  • Truly a legend in our time, John Templeton understands that the real measure of a person’s success in life is not financial accomplishment but moral integrity and inner character.
  • The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.
  • The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’
  • I used to read five psalms every day – that teaches me how to get along with God. Then I read a chapter of Proverbs every day and that teaches me how to get along with my fellow man.
  • In some Churches today and on some religious television programs, we see the attempt to make Christianity popular and pleasant. We have taken the cross away and substituted cushions.
  • No man ever loved like Jesus. He taught the blind to see and the dumb to speak. He died on the cross to save us. He bore our sins. And now God says, Because He did, I can forgive you.
  • The Holy Spirit gives liberty to the Christian, direction to the worker, discernment to the teacher, power to the Word, and fruit to faithful service. He reveals the things of Christ.
  • If God were to remove all evil from our world (but somehow leave human beings on the planet), it would mean that the essence of ‘humanness’ would be destroyed. We would become robots.
  • The greatest miracle of the Bible is that the prophets of Israel could keep a religion as clean as a hounds tooth amid all the corruption and idolatry of the nations surrounding them.
  • Jesus said…i’m the only way to permanent peace, im the only way to permanent joy, im the only way to eternal life, im the only way to forgiveness of sin, im the only way to the Father.
  • Our certainty that angels right now witness how we are walking through life should mightily influence the decisions we make. God is watching, and His angels are interested spectators too.
  • Remember that you can pray any time, anywhere. Washing dishes, digging ditches, working in the office, in the shop, on the athletic field, even in prison – you can pray and know God hears!
  • Martin Luther King (Jr.) during the civil rights movement used to exclaim that he looked forward to heaven where he would be “Free at last.” That is the inscription on his tomb in Atlanta.
  • We are more united than ever before. I think this was exemplified in a very moving way when the members of our Congress stood shoulder to shoulder the other day and sang God Bless America.
  • [There are] seven gifts God gives you when you commit your life to Christ: a new relationship, a new citizenship, a new family, a new purpose, a new power, a new destiny, and a new journey.
  • By faith I accepted Him for what He claimed to be, the Son of the Living God. That simple decision changed my life, and I have seen it change the lives of countless others across the world.
  • There is no scriptural basis for segregation. The ground at the foot of the cross is level, and it touches my heart when I see whites standing shoulder to shoulder with blacks at the cross.
  • Jesus made everything so simple and we have made it so complicated. He spoke to the people in short sentences and everyday words, illustrating His messages with never-to-be forgotten stories.
  • Embracing conflict can be a joy when we know that irritation and frustration can lead to growth and the re-engergizing of ourselves and others. Hot heads and cold hearts never solved anything.
  • The foundations of civilization are no stronger and no more enduring than the corporate integrity of the homes on which they rest. If the home deteriorates, civilization will crumble and fall.
  • Integrity means that if our private life were suddenly exposed, we’d have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Integrity means that our outward life is consistent with our inner convictions.
  • I am against abortion; I think that life is sacred and we should take a position of being against abortion. I think it is wrong to take human life. I think that human life starts at conception.
  • I am conscious of the fact that the subject of hell is not a very pleasant one. It is very unpopular, controversial and misunderstood…. As a minister, I must deal with it. I cannot ignore it.
  • Forgiveness does not come easily to us, especially when someone we have trusted betrays our trust. And yet if we do not learn to forgive, we will discover that we can never really rebuild trust.
  • Much of the philosophy of religious education has been based upon a false premise, and perhaps many have missed the essence of Christian experience, having had religious training take its place.
  • I have many friends that don’t claim to be followers of Christ. As far as day-to-day friendship and being together at various functions, I don’t think that there should be any difference at all.
  • “Salvation is always “good news.” It is news of God’s love and forgiveness-adoption into His family- fellowship with His people-freedom from the penalty of sin- liberation from the power of sin.”
  • Those are decisions only the Lord will make. I believe the love of God is absolute. He said he gave his son for the whole world, and I think he loves everybody regardless of what label they have.
  • We do not understand the intricate pattern of the stars in their courses, but we know that He who created them does, and that just as surely as He guides them, He is charting a safe course for us.
  • The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness and industry.
  • In a world that might say one vote doesn’t matter…, it does matter because each person is of infinite worth and value to God… Your vote is a declaration of importance as a person and a citizen.
  • Hundreds of passages point to a time of judgment for every person who has ever lived-none will escape. If you took all the references to judgment out of the Bible, you would have little Bible left.
  • We’re a diverse society, and I think the TV is doing a great job in showing that we’re all human beings, that we can all get along, that we can all be together, and I think that’s a marvelous thing.
  • Suffering is part of the human condition, and it comes to us all. The key is how we react to it, either turning away from God in anger and bitterness or growing closer to Him in trust and confidence.
  • The Bible teaches that faith is the only approach that we have to God. No man has sins forgiven, no man goes to heaven, no man has assurance of peace and happiness, until he has faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus.
  • Joy cannot be pursued. It comes from within. It is a state of being. It does not depend on circumstances, but triumphs over circumstances. It produces a gentleness of spirit and a magnetic personality.
  • Yes, Satan is real, but so is Christ, and someday Satan will be defeated and Christ will rule forever. Don’t be deceived, but open your heart and mind to Jesus Christ, and put your life into His hands.
  • “Man’s civility is lagging behind his technological ability. It could mean disaster and catastrophe for the whole world. We’re all sinners, everyone of us, and a radical change is needed for all of us.”
  • The Bible says that as long as we are here on earth, we are strangers in a foreign land. There are enemies to be conquered before we return home. This world is not our home; our citizenship is in heaven.
  • I realize that my ministry would someday come to an end. I am only one in a glorious chain of men and women God has raised up through the centuries to build Christ’s church and take the Gospel everywhere.
  • We can be certain that God will give us the strength and resources we need to live through any situation in life that he ordains. The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.
  • We hurt people by being too busy. Too busy to notice their needs. Too busy to drop that note of comfort or encouragement or assurance of love. Too busy to listen when someone needs to talk. Too busy to care.
  • Everybody is a sinner before God. And I think we magnify it today because we have television, and we have so many other technologies that make what happens in some other part of the world in our living room.
  • Suffering can give us opportunities to witness. The world is a gigantic hospital; nowhere is there a greater chance to see the peace and joy of the Lord than when the journey though the valley is the darkest.
  • A calling is you feel – you look out and see the need – maybe it’s the need for the poor, to help poor people. Maybe it’s the need to get involved in the race problem, as Martin Luther King was – felt called.
  • If Jesus had not risen from the dead, no right-minded person would have glorified anything so hideous and repulsive as a cross stained with the blood of Jesus.An unopened grave would never have opened heaven.
  • No matter what you might be going through right now, God has blessed you far more than you probably imagine-not just with material goods, but with family, with freedom and with the ability to enjoy His gifts.
  • Man has always been dexterous at confusing evil with good. That was Adam’s and Eve’s problem, and it is our problem today. If evil were not made to appear attractive, there would be no such thing as temptation.
  • May you also remember this Thanksgiving not only the obvious gifts that God has given you, but His spiritual blessings, as well. The greatest gift of all is Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers us in Him.
  • You need to be in fellowship of a church…If you separate a live coal from the others, it will soon die out. However, if you put a live coal in with other live coals, it will be a glow that will last for hours.
  • A compass is narrow-minded-it always points to the magnetic north… We must discipline ourselves, personally, to fight any deviation from the course Jesus set for us. We cannot be tolerant of any other course.
  • I think it is a sin to look at another person as inferior to yourself because of race or because of ethnic background and I think the greatest thing to do is to pray that God will give you love for them and I do.
  • therefore i live for today- certain of finding at sunrise guidance and strength for the way. power for each moment of weakness, hope for each moment of pain, comfort for every sorrow, sunshine and joy after rain!
  • But those who chose to reject God during their lifetime on earth will be separated from him for eternity. This is not God’s desire, but man’s own choice. God holds every man accountable for his rejection of Christ.
  • The conscience of America seems to be paralyzed… We seem to be insensible to the things that are now taking place on motion picture screens and on the news stands that are constantly stimulating our young people.
  • God will not force himself upon us against our will. If we want his love, we need to believe in him. We need to make a definite, positive act of commitment and surrender to the love of God. No one can do it for us.
  • There are two great forces, God’s force of good and the devil’s force of evil, and I believe Satan is alive and he is working, and he is working harder than ever, and we have many mysteries that we don’t understand.
  • Our valleys may be filled with foes and tears; but we can lift our eyes to the hills to see God and the angels, heaven’s spectators, who support us according to God’s infinite wisdom as they prepare our welcome home.
  • While our world is shaking and crumbling, we need to realize that one thing will never change, and that is God. He is the same today as he was ten million years ago, and will be the same ten million years from today.
  • World travel and getting to know clergy of all denominations has helped mold me into an ecumenical being. We’re separated by theology and, in some instances, culture and race, but all that means nothing to me any more.
  • I still enjoy watching a batter successfully cross home plate, but nothing thrills me more than seeing the Holy Spirit at work in hearts as the Gospel is carried into stadiums, across the airwaves, and around the world.
  • For me, the best time to pray is the very moment a tense situation or an unspiritual attitude overtakes me. God the Holy Spirit is always there, ready to help me gain victory in the spiritual battles I face-big or small.
  • The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, conservative versus liberal, East versus West . . . But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.
  • In heaven I’ll wish with all my heart that I could reclaim a thousandth part of the time I’ve let slip through my fingers, that I could call back those countless conversations which could have glorified my Lord-but didn’t.
  • If God eliminated evil by programming us to perform only good acts, we would lose this distinguishing mark – the ability to make choices. We would no longer be free moral agents. We would be reduced to the status of robots.
  • The hope we have in Christ is an absolute certainty. We can be sure that the place Christ is preparing for us will be ready when we arrive, because with Him nothing is left to chance. Everything He promised He will deliver.
  • No parent is perfect; we all can look back and think of things we could’ve done to help our children be better prepared for adulthood. And sometimes it’s best to admit it to them and encourage them to learn from our mistakes.
  • No matter how hard we try words simply cannot express the horror, the shock, and the revulsion we all feel over what took place in this nation on Tuesday morning. September 11 will go down in our history as a day to remember.
  • I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right.  The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.
  • We cannot ask forgiveness over and over again for our sins, and then return to our sins, expecting God to forgive us. We must turn from our practice of sin as best we know how, and turn to Christ by faith as our Lord and Savior.
  • What a moment to take the newspaper in one hand and the Bible in the other and watch the unfolding of the great drama of the ages. This is an exciting and thrilling time to be alive. I would not want to live in any other period.
  • When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice. Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • There is not a flower that opens, not a seed that falls into the ground, and not an ear of wheat that nods on the end of its stalk in the wind that does not preach and proclaim the greatness and the mercy of God to the whole world.
  • Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship.
  • The greatest need in the world is the transformation of human nature. We need a new heart that will not have lust and greed and hate in it. We need a heart filled with love and peace and joy, and that is why Jesus came into the world.
  • I think we should love sinners, and welcome them, and open our arms to them, and then we don’t totally accept them into our fellowship as believers and as Christians until they have repented their sins and changed their way of living.
  • I feel sorry for the man who has never known the bracing thrill of taking a stand and sticking to it fearlessly. Moral courage has rewards that timidity can never imagine. Like a shot of adrenaline, it floods the spirit with vitality.
  • Every President I think I’ve ever known, except Truman, has thought they didn’t quite get done what they wanted done. And toward the end of their Administrations, they were disappointed and wished they had done some things differently.
  • True greatness is not measured by the headlines a person commands or the wealth he or she accumulates. The inner character of a person-the undergirding moral and spiritual values and commitments-is the true measure of lasting greatness.
  • The time has come for all evangelists to practice full financial disclosure. The world is watching how we walk and how we talk. We must have the highest standards of morality, ethics and integrity if we are to continue to have influence.
  • Out of defeat can come the best in human nature. As Christians face storms of adversity, they may rise with more beauty. They are like trees that grow on mountain ridges — battered by winds, yet trees in which we find the strongest wood.
  • Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. When worry is present, trust cannot crowd its way in.
  • When God gets ready to shake America, He may not take the Ph.D. and the D.D. God may choose a country boy … God may choose the man that no one knows, a little nobody, to shake America for Jesus Christ in this day, and I pray that He would!
  • If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals.
  • Prayer is crucial in evangelism: Only God can change the heart of someone who is in rebellion against Him. No matter how logical our arguments or how fervent our appeals, our words will accomplish nothing unless God’s Spirit prepares the way.
  • God has given us two hands – one to receive with and the other to give with. We are cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. If we fail to fulfill this divine duty and privilege we have missed the meaning of Christianity.
  • In a country where Christians were looked upon with suspicion and disfavor, a government leader said to me with a twinkle in his eye, ‘Christians seem to thrive under persecution. Perhaps we should prosper them, and then they would disappear.’
  • When Scripture talks about the heart, it’s not talking about that life-sustaining muscle. It’s talking about our entire inner being. The heart is the seat of our emotions, the seat of decisive action, and the seat of belief (as well as doubt).
  • Christ did not suffer and die to offer cheap grace. Jesus did not go willingly to the cross so we could have an easy life or offer a faith built on easy-believism. As someone once said, ‘Salvation is free, but not cheap.’ It cost Jesus His life.
  • We have to have armies! We have to have military power! We have to have police forces, whether it’s police in a great city or police in an international scale to keep those madmen from taking over the world and robbing the world of its liberties.
  • What makes us Christians shrug our shoulders when we ought to be flexing our muscles? What makes us apathetic in a day when there are loads to lift, a world to be won and captives to be set free? Why are so many bored when the times demand action?
  • If you know Christ, you don’t need to beg for the Holy Spirit to come into your life; He is already there- whether you “feel” His presence or not. Don’t confuse the Holy Spirit with an emotional feeling or a particular type of spiritual experience.
  • Behind the love of God lies His imniscience – His ability to “know and understand all.” . . . At all times, even in the midst of any type of suffering, I can realize that He knows, loves, watches, understands, and, more than that, He has a purpose.
  • God undertook the most dramatic rescue operation in cosmic history. He determined to save the human race from self-destruction, and He sent His Son Jesus Christ to salvage and redeem them. The work of man’s redemption was accomplished at the cross.
  • Robots do not love. God created us with the capacity to love. Love is based upon one’s right to choose to love. We cannot force others to love us. We can make them serve us or obey us. But true love is founded upon one’s freedom to choose to respond.
  • Some people accuse us of too much emotionalism. I say we have too little. That is why we are losing church people to other interests. We need not only to capture their minds; we’ve got to touch their hearts. We’ve got to make people feel their faith.
  • Some of the greatest values that have influenced me through the years are those that I learned as a boy growing up on the farm. I remember mostly the love in our family, but I also remember the discipline. Then there was the work; we all had to work.
  • When my time to die comes an angel will be there to comfort me. He will give me peace and joy even at that most critical hour, and usher me into the presence of God, and I will dwell with the Lord forever. Thank God for the ministry of His blessed angels.

 

  • The blood of the lamb applied over the doorpost on the night of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt distinguished the obedient from the disobedient. Just so today the applied blood of the Lamb of God is the distinguishing mark of God’s called out ones, the church.
  • Like Joseph storing up grain during the years of plenty to be used during the years of famine that lay ahead, may we store up the truths of God’s Word in our hearts as much as possible, so that we are prepared for whatever suffering we are called upon to endure.
  • The happiness which brings enduring worth to life is not the superficial happiness that is dependent on circumstances. It is the happiness and contentment that fills the soul even in the midst of the most distressing of circumstances and most bitter environment.
  • I want people to remember me that I was faithful, faithful to the gospel, faithful to the call that God gave me. And when I get to heaven, I’m going to ask him why he called me, because I was much used to milking cows and working on the farm than I was preaching.
  • The family should be a closely knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.
  • During this Christmas season, when the world seems to be in turmoil, wars are breaking out in different places, crime is rampant, and many things are happening that are great sins in the sight of God. But in that crib is the person who grew up to save us. And He did.
  • If Christianity is valid, why is there so much evil in the world?” To this the famous preacher replied, “With so much soap, why are there so many dirty people in the world? Christianity, like soap, must be personally applied if it is to make a difference in our lives.
  • I started out as the president of a small college in Minnesota in 1947. And I had five years of experience at the college. Then we went to Los Angeles. And the press got to what we were doing. And I went to Boston, which is my next series of meetings. That was in 1950.
  • I received Christ into my heart and my life began to change. But it was a gradual change. And I didn’t see any flashing bulbs. I didn’t hear any thunder. There was no great emotional experience. It was just saying: Yes, Lord Jesus, I want you to be the lord of my life.
  • I think that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin, but the Bible also teaches that pride is a sin, jealousy is a sin, and hate is a sin, evil thoughts are a sin. So I don’t think that homosexuality should be chosen as the overwhelming sin that we are doing today.
  • When tragedy strikes, no one is fully prepared to deal effectively with all the responsibilitie s, emotional trauma, and grief that begin to impact people. Our Rapid Response Team exists so that people can find the care and comfort of Jesus Christ in the midst of tragedy.
  • I’d grown up in a Presbyterian church, but I really didn’t know Christ personally in my heart. I knew him, but I didn’t know him. And there’s a difference between an intellectual faith and a personal, heart faith in which I opened my heart to him and let him rule my life.
  • Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God, a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs.
  • I have never targeted Muslims. I have never targeted Jews. I believe that we should declare the fact that God loves you, God’s willing to forgive you, God can change you, and Christ and his kingdom is open to anybody who repents and by faith receives him as lord and savior.
  • The happiness for which our souls ache is one undisturbed by success or failure, one which will root deeply inside us and give inward relaxation, peace, and contentment, no matter what the surface problems may be. That kind of happiness stands in need on no outward stimulus.
  • Life itself, every bit of health that we enjoy, every hour of liberty and free enjoyment, the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine- all this comes from the hand of God. We show our gratitude by giving back to Him a part of that which He has given to us.
  • Jesus Christ is the greatest man in the history of the world. And to me, he’s the greatest person in the history of mankind and the universe. We can’t prove it, I can’t put it in a test tube or in an astronomical formula, but by faith I believe it because the Bible teaches it.
  • I remember the first sermon I ever preached. I had four sermons. I preached them, all four in ten minutes. And that was the beginning, in a place called Bostwick, Florida, in northern Florida, in a little tiny church, and on a cold night, about 40 people. And I was so nervous.
  • The men upon whose shoulders rested the initial responsibility of Christianizing the world came to Jesus with one supreme request. They did not say, ‘Lord, teach us to preach’; Lord, teach us to do miracles,’ or ‘Lord, teach us to be wise’…but they said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.’
  • The thing that I remember the most in my childhood was the love of family and the discipline in the family. My father and mother both were disciplinarians, and they didn’t mind using the rod. Maybe because I was the oldest child I always felt I got much more of it than anybody else.
  • OUR INSPIRATION: Billy Graham, July 2, 1962 úWorld events are moving very rapidly now. I pick up the Bible in one hand, and I pick up the newspaper in the other. And I read almost the same words in the newspaper as I read in the Bible. Itôs being fulfilled every day round about us.
  • Think about the holes children make when they dig in the sand on the seashore. When the waves come in, the holes are swallowed up by the ocean. Similarly, when we know Christ, our physical death is overwhelmed by the love and grace of God. Death is swallowed up in the victory of Christ.
  • The Bible promises us that Jesus will return to take His faithful followers with Him to live with Him in His glorious presence forever. Everyone else will be left behind to face God’s wrath and judgment. If Jesus were to return today, do you know if He would take you with Him to heaven?.
  • I have a certainty about eternity that is a wonderful thing, and I thank God for giving me that certainty. I do not fear death. I may fear a little bit about the process, but not death itself, because I think the moment that my spirit leaves this body, I will be in the presence of the Lord.
  • In my travels I have found that those who keep Heaven in view remain serene and cheerful in the darkest day. If the glories of Heaven were more real to us, if we lived less for material things and more for things eternal and spiritual, we would be less easily disturbed by this present life.
  • Only God can give us a selfless love for others, as the Holy Spirit changes us from within. This is one reason we must receive Christ, for apart from His Spirit we can never be freed from the chains of selfishness, jealousy, and indifference. Will others see Christ’s love in your life today?
  • Jesus was not a white man; He was not a black man. He came from that part of the world that touches Africa and Asia and Europe. Christianity is not a white man’s religion and don’t let anybody ever tell you that it’s white or black. Christ belongs to all people; He belongs to the whole world.
  • Some of the greatest spiritual revivals in the past occurred just when the situation seemed to be the darkest. In the history of our own nation, for example, countless thousands turned to Christ during the darkest days of the Civil War, setting the stage for national reconciliation later on.
  • In the founding era of our country, it was not organized religion but personal faith that brought focus and unified the early leadership-maybe an unspoken faith in God, and certain values that came with that faith. So in that sense, we cannot discount, in my judgment, religious faith in politics.
  • I think we are trying to run the space age with horse and buggy moral and spiritual equipment. Technology you see has no morals; and with no moral restraints man will destroy himself ecologically, militarily, or in some other way. Only God can give a person moral restraints and spiritual strength.
  • The greatest moments of Native History lie ahead of us if a great spiritual renewal and wakening should take place. The Native American has been a sleeping giant. He is awakening. The original Americans could become the evangelists who will help win America for Christ! Remember these forgotten people!
  • I have been asked hundreds of times in my life why God allows tragedy and suffering. I have to confess that I really do not know the answer totally, even to my own satisfaction. I have to accept, by faith, that God is sovereign, and He is a God of love and mercy and compassion in the midst of suffering.
  • Many churches of all persuasions are hiring research agencies to poll neighborhoods, asking what kind of church they prefer. Then the local churches design themselves to fit the desires of the people. True faith in God that demands selflessness is being replaced by trendy religion that serves the selfish.
  • Angels speak. They appear and reappear. They feel with apt sense of emotion. While Angels may become visible by choice, our eyes are not conducted to see them ordinarily any more than we can see the dimensions of a nuclear field, the structure of atoms, or the electricity that flows through copper wiring.
  • People are the stocks into which we are to invest our time … the best of all investments you can make is to help people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. You can make a commitment right here and now … I’m asking you today not to graduate but commence a new life for God every step of the way.
  • After I graduated from high school, one of the former workers on our farm asked if I would be willing to join him in selling Fuller brushes through the summer. It seemed like a perfect way to make some money for college. And being away from my parents and learning to make my own way gave me self confidence.
  • Is it not arrogance or narrow-mindedness to claim that there is only one way of salvation or that the way we follow is the right way? I think not. After all, do we fault a pilot for being narrow-minded when he follows the instrument panel while landing in a rainstorm? No, we want him to remain narrowly focused!
  • In my family we got up in the mornings around three o’clock and went out to the barns to bring the cows in and milk. In high school I milked about twenty cows every morning and about twenty in the afternoon when I got home. I have wonderful memories from those early days when my parent’s influence was so strong.
  • Most of us do not understand nuclear fission, but we accept it. I don’t understand television, but I accept it. I don’t understand radio, but every week my voice goes out around the world, and I accept it. Why is it so easy to accept all these man-made miracles and so difficult to accept the miracles of the Bible?
  • I’m not a righteous man. People put me up on a pedestal that I don’t belong in my personal life. And they think that I’m better than I am. I’m not the good man that people think I am. Newspapers and magazines and television have made me out to be a saint. I’m not. I’m not a Mother Teresa. And I feel that very much.
  • The unblemished ideal exists only in happily-ever-after fairy tales. Ruth likes to say, “If two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.” The sooner we accept that as a fact of life, the better we will be able to adjust to each other and enjoy togetherness. “Happily incompatible” is a good adjustment.
  • Suppose someone should offer me a plateful of crumbs after I had eaten a T-bone steak. I would say, “No, thank you. I am already satisfied.” Christian, that is the secret – you can be so filled with the things of Christ, so enamored with the things of God that you do not have time for the sinful pleasures of the world.
  • It is impossible to live pure lives until we have pure hearts. Many people today are trying to put the cart before the horse. They are teaching purity of motives, desires, and actions to old, deceitful hearts! No wonder we have ended up such moral failures, in spite of our vaunted knowledge and psychological approaches.
  • I think that hell essentially is separation from God forever. And that is the worst hell that I can think of. But I think people have a hard time believing God is going to allow people to burn in literal fire forever. I think the fire that is mentioned in the Bible is a burning thirst for God that can never be quenched.
  • America’s founding fathers did not intend to take religion out of education. Many of the nation’s greatest universities were founded by evangelists and religious leaders; but many of these have lost the founders concept and become secular institutions. Because of this attitude, secular education is stumbling and floundering.
  • I also would have steered clear of politics. Iôm grateful for the opportunities God gave me to minister to people in high places; people in power have spiritual and personal needs like everyone else, and often they have no one to talk to. But looking back I know I sometimes cros¬≠sed the line, and I wouldnôt do that now.
  • You cannot come to Christ unless the Spirit of God brings you. But what if you ignore His warnings? Then you are in the gravest danger, for some day God will no longer be speaking to you. Then it will be too late. Come to Christ while there is still time. Christ, God’s greater Ark, stands ready to welcome you to safety today.
  • I will buy you back with My blood because I love you. I will free you from the chains of sin. I will settle the conflict within and give peace to your soul. But you must come to Me with a repentant heart. You must be willing to be redeemed. You must exchange your sin-blackened heart for a new heart that is cleansed by My blood.
  • When we live apart from God, our lives get out of tune – out of harmony with others and with God. But if we live in tune with the Master, we, too, will find ourselves surrounded by His beautiful music. As this new year begins, ask God to help you tune your life every day to His Word, so you can bring harmony and joy to those around you.
  • As a Christian I have hope not just for this life but for Heaven and the life to come. And many of those people who died this past week are in Heaven right now. And they wouldn’t want to come back; it’s so glorious and so wonderful. And that’s the hope for all of us who put our faith in God. I pray that you will have this hope in your heart.
  • It should not be surprising if people believe easily in a God who makes no demands, but this is not the God of the Bible. Satan has cleverly misled people by whispering that they can believe in Jesus Christ without being changed, but this is the Devil’s lie. To those who say you can have Christ without giving anything up, Satan is deceiving you.
  • And all of a sudden, all of my sins came before me. Everything I had ever done wrong that I had forgotten about years ago came into my mind. And I prayed, Lord, forgive me, may the blood of Jesus Christ cleanse me from all of my sins… not because of my good works or because of all the things I have tried to do, but because the Lord had forgiven me.
  • I don’t go out and preach because of my desire as much as I go out to fulfill the command of Christ. He said, “Go!” to all of His disciples, and we’re to go and witness to Christ by the way we live and by our verbal witness about the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and about the need to repent and believe. I’ve never had any doubts about my call.
  • Faith is the avenue to salvation. Not intellectual understanding.  Not money.  Not your works.  Just simple faith. How much faith?  The faith of a mustard seed, so small you can hardly see it.  But if you will put that little faith in the person of Jesus, your life will be changed.  He will come with supernatural power into your heart.  It can happen to you.
  • I think most presidents are amazed at the overwhelming responsibility they have when they enter office and the tremendous amount of work there is. See, a modern president has far more responsibility than a president years ago. And if I were rewriting the Constitution, I would suggest a president be more like a monarch and then have a prime minister under him.
  • Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparations should we be making now? The greatest waste in all of our earth, which cannot be recycled or reclaimed, is our waste of the time that God has given us each day.
  • My job is simply to proclaim the Gospel, and to let the Spirit of God apply in the individual hearts. When I give the invitation for people to receive Christ it will be so quiet you can hear a pin drop.  And you will see people coming forward deliberately, quietly, reverently, thoughtfully, and many of their lives. . . . will have been transformed and changed in that moment.
  • Ruth and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but we have a great one. How can I say two things that seem so contradictory? In a perfect marriage, everything is always the finest and best imaginable; like a Greek statue, the proportions are exact and the finish is unblemished. Who knows any human being lke that? For a marriage couple to expect perfection in each other is unrealistic.
  • We never know when we too will be called into eternity. I doubt if even one of those people who got on those planes or walked into the World Trade Center or the Pentagon last Tuesday morning thought it would be the last day of their lives. They didn’t – it didn’t occur to them. And that’s why each of us needs to face our own spiritual need and commit ourselves to God and his will now.
  • I’m against divorce. I think the Bible teaches that divorce is wrong, but at the same time, I also believe that the Bible has a leave way; Jesus said that a person should not be divorced and should not be separated. But in the Old Testament, men could have more than one wife under certain circumstances. And there must be reasons for that. And I think that some of them are valid reasons.
  • You possess a non-renewable resource, which is headed toward total depletion and that resource is time. You can either invest your life or let it dribble through your fingers like sand in an hour glass. If there is ever a time to redeem every second, every minute it is now. You may never have tomorrow. You can’t count your days, but with the Lord as your Savior you can make your days count.
  • MAN is a social animal, gregarious by nature, and finds his greatest sense of security and satisfaction in the company of others who share his interests and attitudes. Of all the many groups into which humans have collected themselves, of all the many tribes, clans, organizations, and societies throughout history, none has been so powerful, so far-reaching, or more universal than the church.
  • Angels are God’s messengers whose chief business is to carry out his orders in the world. He has given them an ambassadorial charge. He has designated and empowered them as holy deputies to perform works of righteousness. In this way they assist him as their creator while he sovereignly controls the universe. So he has given them the capacity to bring holy enterprises to a successful conclusion.
  • The Evangelistic Harvest is always urgent. The destiny of men and of nations is always being decided. Every generation is strategic. We are not responsible for the past generation, and we cannot bear the full responsibility for the next one; but we do have our generation. God will hold us responsible as to how well we fulfill our responsibilities to this age and take advantage of our opportunities.
  • “What is the greatest surprise you have found about life?” a university student asked me several years ago. “The brevity of it,” I replied without hesitation. Time moves so quickly, and no matter who we are or what we have done, the time will come when our lives will be over. As Jesus said, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work” (John 9:4).
  • Suffering in life can uncover untold depths of character and unknown strength for service. People who go through life unscathed by sorrow and untouched by pain tend to be shallow in their perspectives on life. Suffering, on the other hand, tends to plow up the surface of our lives to uncover the depths that provide greater strength of purpose and accomplishment. Only deeply plowed earth can yield bountiful harvests.
  • To a large extent, the American church has become merged with the world. It has adopted so many of the world’s ideals and standards that it has lost its ability to stem the tide of crime, deception and immorality that is sweeping the nation. For millions of church members there is no deep commitment to the cause of Christ, no regularity of attendance at public worship, no sacrificial giving, no personal religious discipline.
  • I go and I keep friends with [Abe] Rosenthal at the New York Times and people of that sort, you know. And all – I mean, not all the Jews, but a lot of the Jews are great friends of mine, they swarm around me and are friendly to me because they know that I’m friendly with Israel. But they don’t know how I really feel about what they are doing to this country. And I have no power, no way to handle them, but I would stand up if under proper circumstances.
  • I am constantly concerned about being quoted in the press and perhaps saying the wrong thing or having what I say misinterpreted and bringing reproach to the name of Christ. People do not come to hear what Billy Graham has to say; they want to hear what God has to say. Jesus tells us not to be misled by the voices of strangers. There are so many strange voices being heard in the religious world of our day. We must compare what they say with the Word of God.
  • I don’t think there is anything wrong with a man who wants to give credit to the Lord, but I don’t think the team with the most Christians on it is necessarily going to win. The Lord may be helping their characters and souls, but I don’t think he’s any more for the Dodgers than he is for the Braves. More than being concerned with who’s going to win the Super Bowl, I feel the Lord is probably more concerned that they might find a day other than Sunday to play it on.
  • Art and education may refine the taste, but they cannot purify the heart and regenerate the individual. His (Christôs) words were simple yet profound.  And they shook people, provoking either happy acceptance or violent refection.  People were never the same after listening to him¶.The people who followed Him were unique in their generation.  They turned the world upside down because their hearts had been turned right side up.  The world has never been the same.
  • What God is doing today is calling people out of the world for His name. Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the body of Christ because they’ve been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts they need something that they don’t have and they turn to the only light they have and I think they’re saved and they’re going to be with us in heaven.
  • America is said to have the highest per capita boredom of any spot on earth! We know that because we have the greatest number of artificial amusements of any country. People have become so empty that they can’t even entertain themselves. They have to pay other people to amuse them, to make then laugh, to try to make them feel warm and happy and comfortable for a few minutes, to try to lose that awful, frightening, hollow feeling-that terrible, dreaded feeling of being lost and alone.
  • On Nov. 6, the day before my 94th birthday, our nation will hold one of the most critical elections in my lifetime. We are at a crossroads and there are profound moral issues at stake. I strongly urge you to vote for candidates who support the biblical definition of marriage between a man and a woman, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms. The Bible speaks clearly on these crucial issues. Please join me in praying for America, that we will turn our hearts back toward God.
  • The farther we get from God, the more the world spirals out of control. My heart aches for America and its deceived people. The wonderful news is that our Lord is a God of mercy, and He responds to repentance. In Jonah’s day, Nineveh was the lone world superpower-wealthy, unconcerned, and self-centered. When the Prophet Jonah finally traveled to Nineveh and proclaimed God’s warning, people heard and repented. I believe the same thing can happen once again, this time in our nation. It’s something I long for.
  • We have resorted to every means to win back the position that Adam lost. We have tried through education, through philosophy, through religion, through governments to throw off our yoke of depravity and sin. All our knowledge, all our inventions, all our developments and ambitious plans move us ahead only a very little before we drop back again to the point from which we started. For we are still making the same mistake that Adam made – – we are still trying to be king in our own right, and with our own power, instead of obeying God’s law.
  • Dogs are quick to show their affection. They never pout, they never bear a grudge. They never run away from home when mistreated. They never complain about their food. They never gripe about the way the house is kept. They are chivalrous and courageous, ready to protect their mistress at the risk of their lives. They love children, and no matter how noisy and boisterous they are, the dog loves every minute of it. In fact, a dog is still competition for a husband. Perhaps if we husbands imitated a few of our dog’s virtues, life with our family might be more amiable.
  • God did not create the strife between races, nor did He intend for it to be that way. Strife between races and ethnic groups comes from sin-and sin resides in the human heart. The Bible says, úWhat causes fights and quarrels among you? Donôt they come from your desires that battle within you? (James 4:1). When one group or one race claims it is superior to another, pride has taken control-and pride is a sin.Instead, God wants us to learn to accept each other and love each other-and this becomes possible, as we turn our lives over to Christ and allow Him to change us from within.
  • One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity.

 

Joel Osteen (quotes)

  • Keep on keeping on!!!
  • I write all my sermons.
  • I don’t dislike anybody.
  • Smiling resets your mood.
  • Life begins each morning.
  • Be a victor , not a victim.
  • To me, we’re marketing hope.
  • You are victors, not victims!
  • I don’t have all the answers.
  • God’s desire is that we excel.
  • I have always believed in God.
  • You can be happy where you are.
  • If you give, you will be blessed.
  • God always wants us to be growing.
  • God wants to bless us where we are.
  • Do not speak defeat, speak victory.
  • You control the doorway to your mind.
  • Be the one to stand out in the crowd.
  • My message is that God is a good God.
  • What you expect is what you will get.
  • Only God can look at somebody’s heart.
  • A merry heart is good like a medicine.
  • I think the word rich is all relative.
  • My actions will follow my expectations.
  • I don’t go down the road of condemning.
  • Don’t confuse small with insignificant.
  • You will never change what you tolerate.
  • Every setback is a setup for a comeback!
  • Marriage is a commitment, not a feeling.
  • I’ve always been an encourager at heart.
  • The love of life is the root of all good.
  • Don’t just go through it; grow through it.
  • God can make greatness out of a great mess
  • Our words set the direction for our lives.
  • I really believed that fear is contagious.
  • I’m getting better every day in every way.
  • Life’s a fight. It’s a good fight of faith.
  • God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner.
  • I believe God will fight my battles for me.
  • When you believe, it activates God’s power.
  • Quit questioning God and start trusting Him!
  • Your best days are still out in front of you
  • Do all you can to make your dreams come true.
  • I’m blessed to be a blessing to someone else.
  • I think God’s justice is making wrongs right.
  • I mean we all need a second chance sometimes.
  • Today could be the start of something amazing.
  • You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.
  • Prospering just doesn’t have to do with money.
  • Faith activates God – Fear activates the Enemy.
  • It’s our faith that activates the power of God.
  • The greater the giving, the greater the living.
  • What you keep before your eyes will affect you.
  • I deal with more practical issues of the Bible.
  • A victor’s mentality becomes a victor’s reality.
  • True love turns words and feelings into actions.
  • Don’t ever say anything negative about yourself.
  • A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
  • A lot of churches have not moved with the times.
  • I think that Bible principles will help anybody.
  • Don’t let where you are be an excuse not to grow.
  • Forgiveness is a choice, but it is not an option.
  • I think Bible principles are principles for life.
  • You need to take pride in what God has given you.
  • If you cannot be positive, then at least be quiet.
  • We’ve got to give people room to have a bad day.
  • No matter what comes your way, don’t lose your joy.
  • Where God gives vision He always provides provision
  • There are some things you can only learn in a storm.
  • I’m trying to make God more relevant in our society.
  • You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out.
  • Your life is too valuable to waste being distracted.
  • Don’t put a question mark where God has put a period.
  • I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin.
  • Sometimes what works 40 years ago doesn’t work today.
  • Rewards await you if you stay steadfast in your faith.
  • If your thinking is limited, your life will be limited.
  • As long as you have breath, someone needs your talents.
  • That’s it. I’m going to start making the right choices.
  • I just think that only God will judge a person’s heart.
  • My biggest hobby is hanging out with my family and kids.
  • Other people’s opinions do not determine your potential.
  • If you can see the invisible, God will do the impossible.
  • Whatever follows ‘I AM’ will always come looking for you!
  • What you receive is directly connected to what you believe
  • People of excellence go the extra mile to do what’s right.
  • Life is not too short… we just wait too long to begin it.
  • You’ll never rise any higher than the way you see yourself.
  • Start believing bigger, dreaming bigger & expecting bigger.
  • Nothing in life has happened to you, it’s happened FOR You!
  • Stop focusing on what you cant do, focus on what God can do.
  • I believe God gives you the grace to do what you need to do.
  • You can be in the storm, but don’t let the storm get in you.
  • I don’t like to beat people down. They need to be lifted up.
  • Don’t pick on your sister when she’s holding a baseball bat.
  • Don’t use your energy to worry. Use your energy to believe.
  • The creator of the universe is lining up things in my favour.
  • Seeds of discouragement cannot take root in a grateful heart.
  • I’m not leading them to some false God or something like that.
  • If you will transform your mind, God will transform your life.
  • Faith is about trusting God when you have unanswered questions.
  • I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope.
  • A grateful heart is like a sponge that soaks up God’s goodness.
  • I guess no matter how hard you try, you can’t escape your past.
  • I’m not looking to exclude people, I’m looking to include them.
  • You are not defined by your past. You are prepared by your past.
  • If you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small
  • He is still in control. He still has you in the palm of His hand.
  • I’m going to let God be the judge of who goes to heaven and hell.
  • Today, use your words to lift up and bless the people around you.
  • Often, out of our greatest rejection comes our greatest direction.
  • Don’t settle for mediocrity; never let good enough be good enough.
  • Don’t just look for your miracle. Become someone else’s miracle.
  • It takes the same amount of energy to worry as it does to believe.
  • Appreciation – Learn to give flowers while people are still living
  • The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift.
  • I say, don’t try to fight your own battles because God will do it.
  • I like sports, and I enjoy playing basketball and lifting weights.
  • we can not prepare for defeat and expect to live a life in Victory.
  • Opposition is not there to stop you, it’s there to establish you.
  • No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up.
  • I am the sum total of what I have been confessing through the years.
  • Change the way you speak about yourself and you can change your life.
  • If you don’t set the tone for the day, the devil will set it for you.
  • If you want to rear financial blessings, you have to sow financially.
  • You don’t have to have a great gift for God to use it in a great way.
  • There may be times when you just have to love people from a distance.
  • A good thing to remember is somebody’s got it a lot worse than we do.
  • Don’t talk about the way you are. Talk about the way you want to be.
  • True success is when you reach back and bring somebody along with you.
  • God doesn’t ask you to figure it all out. He only asks you to believe.
  • Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world.
  • When you are grateful, that allows God to do great things in your life.
  • The greatest difficulty always comes right before the birth of a dream.
  • We don’t have to talk about faith and family at dinner-we just show it.
  • What you think is a setback, is really a set-up for a greater comeback!
  • People are skeptical of many televangelists, and I’m sensitive to that.
  • You spend your time like you spend money. You can waste it or invest it.
  • You have to come to your closed doors before you come to your open doors
  • God will not pour fresh, creative ideas and blessing into old attitudes.
  • Faith is all about trusting God even when you don’t understand His plan.
  • I don’t think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be.
  • I’m not for gay marriage, but I’m not for discriminating against people.
  • You’re not really free until you’re free from trying to please everybody.
  • You need to get ready because I have explosive blessings coming your way.
  • You cannot soar with the eagles as long as you hang out with the turkeys.
  • Don’t focus on the good old days, look forward towards the good new days.
  • You see somebody down, that’s lonely, take them to lunch. Encourage them.
  • People in tough times – it doesn’t mean they don’t have a great attitude.
  • Replace those thoughts of worry with thoughts of hope, faith, and victory.
  • You will never rise above the image you have of yourself in your own mind.
  • You have to change on the inside before change will happen on the outside.
  • God made you a masterpiece – be blessed, secure, disciplined and equipped.
  • Your problems are not there to defeat you, they are there to increase you.
  • You cannot expect to live a positive life if you hang with negative people.
  • People have the right to their opinion and you have the right to ignore it.
  • If you don’t let people flourish in their jobs, why are they going to stay?
  • I’m not trying to follow a set of rules and stuff. I’m just living my life.
  • When things are difficult, smile by faith. Don’t wait until you feel better.
  • You’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
  • Every setback means you’re one step closer to seeing the dream come to pass.
  • We are set in our ways, bound by our perspectives and stuck in our thinking.
  • We were old sinners – but when we came to Christ we are not sinners anymore.
  • You words affect generations after you. Speak blessings and favor over them.
  • I’m a reverend and a pastor. A pastor of the church. I go by usually pastor.
  • Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ.
  • God has put people in your life on purpose, Don’t live to get, live to give.
  • If you have a big challenge today, that just means you have a big destiny.
  • Your situation may look impossible, but don’t ever rule out the favor of God.
  • You don’t know what’s on the inside until you put a demand on your potential.
  • Jesus was saying that you can’t have a larger life with restricted attitudes.
  • I think it’s a cop-out to say I’m a Christian but I don’t ever do anything…
  • Believe that God is in control. There is no need to be stressed out or worried
  • Instead of talking yourself out of your future start talking yourself into it.
  • Faith doesn’t always instantly deliver you, but it always carries you through.
  • Your destiny is not determined by your critics. Focus on running your own race.
  • When you’re tempted to be upset, ask yourself ‘Is this worth giving up my joy?’
  • You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations, just be the best you can be
  • When you release your faith in uncommon ways, youll see God do uncommon things.
  • I’m not the judge. You know, God didn’t tell me to go around judging everybody.
  • Everybody is going to have their critics. It’s easy to get discouraged in life.
  • When someone is rude, keep a smile on your face. when you stay on the high road.
  • Keep believing. You may be tired, discouraged, but don’t give up on your future.
  • God works where there’s an attitude of faith. I believe faith is all about hope.
  • I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know.
  • I don’t want to just preach to the church. I feel like I have a broader message.
  • Check your spiritual birth certificate, you were made in the mighty image of God.
  • The ultimate connection is when you are connected to the creator of the universe.
  • You can’t live A POSITIVE LIFE thinking negative thoughts. Dwell on the POSITIVE.
  • Don’t spend all your time trying to win over your critics. Just run your own race.
  • Every day, set your mind in the right direction. Find something to be grateful for.
  • Let go of offence. Let go of fear. Let go of revenge. Don’t live angry, let go now!
  • I think we should enjoy our families and everyone that we love right now, each day.
  • When you keep God in first place, He will take you to places you’ve never dreamed of
  • Where you are now is not where you will always be. There are brighter days up ahead.
  • You may think there is a lot wrong with you, but there is also a lot right with you.
  • Life is short. Don’t miss opportunities to spend time with the people that you love.
  • Sometimes, God uses difficult people, like sandpaper, to rub the rough edges off us.
  • If you can be a blessing to somebody else, you’re sowing a seed for God to help you.
  • You’re never going to please everyone – you might as well be who God made you to be.
  • Program your mind with what God says about you and a transformation will take place.
  • I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
  • When you acknowledge God, He will go before you and make the crooked places straight.
  • God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.
  • Never let discouraging people and discouraging situations talk you out of your dream.
  • You may be in a tough time but that setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback.
  • God has destined you to soar. You have victory, freedom and excellence on the inside.
  • Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster.
  • God wants us to live consistently, He wants us to enjoy every single day of our lives.
  • That’s what I feel like I’m called to do – to plant a seed of hope in people’s hearts.
  • If you will lie about the little things, before long you’ll lie about bigger things.
  • Don’t use your words to describe the situation. Use your words to change the situation.
  • Ask God to give you the strength to endure, and rest assured, He will take care of you.
  • I’ve never preached one sermon on money, on just finances. I want to stay away from it.
  • You only have so much emotional energy each day. Don’t fight battles that don’t matter.
  • If youre alive and breathing, you can still become everything God has created you to be.
  • Instead of telling God how big your problems are, tell your problem how BIG your God is.
  • What you believe has a much greater impact on your life than what anybody else believes.
  • Sometimes you have to smile by faith. If you’ll smile by faith, soon the joy will follow.
  • No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.
  • Let go of the old, take hold of the new and believe that 2013 will be your best year yet!
  • I encourage people in a lot of my messages that you’ve got to make the most of every day.
  • Today is a new day, so rise up and move forward into the victory God has prepared for you!
  • You weren’t created to be unhappy in order to keep everyone else happy. Run your own race.
  • If one dream dies, dream another dream. If you get knocked down, get back up and go again.
  • Sometimes God will deliver you from the fire, and other times God will make you fireproof.
  • You didn’t just show up on planet Earth by accident.. You were handpicked by Almighty God.
  • You can’t think thoughts of mediocrity and expect to excel. The two don’t go together.
  • We’re going to bring our core message of hope and how God is a good God who’s on our side.
  • Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift.
  • I think how you start the day many times determines what kind of day you’re going to have.
  • I’m not perfect, but I think that I’ve done good to stay focused on what I’m called to do.
  • When you allow what someone says or does to upset you, you’re allowing them to control you.
  • The question is not, ‘Do you have a problem?’ The question is, ‘Does the problem have you?’
  • Your past does not determine who you are. Your past prepares you for who you are to become.
  • If you cannot get along with yourself, you’ll never be able to get along with other people.
  • God wants to increase you financially, by giving you promotions, fresh ideas and creativity
  • When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
  • Nobody owes me anything. I am not at a disadvantage. I am equipped, empowered, and anointed.
  • If we’re going to bring out the best in people, we, too, need to sow seeds of encouragement.
  • You may have failed, but you are not a failure. That’s what you did. That’s not who you are.
  • I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe.
  • The bigger your obstacle, the bigger your future. Don’t get discouraged, keep moving forward.
  • The greatest gift you can give someone is your time, your attention, your love, your concern.
  • Don’t make excuses, don’t blame the past. The rest of your life can be the best of your life!
  • God’s used me to help turn their life around or give them hope, you know? It’s very rewarding
  • Sometimes, I think if you get away from what you’re called to do, it’s more of a distraction.
  • In difficult times, we’re not supposed to quit believing; we’re not supposed to quit growing.
  • I know what’s in my future is greater than what’s in my past so I am pressing forward in life.
  • Be a people builder. Look for opportunities to encourage others to bring out the best in them.
  • Don’t hold on to the old when you’re being led somewhere new. Come out of your comfort zone.
  • Life is going by. Don’t waste a minute being negative, offended, or bitter. Choose to be happy.
  • “Look for ways to be a blessing.

 

  • Simple words of encouragement can brighten somebody’s day.”
  • If they left you, you didn’t need them. If they walked away, they weren’t part of your DESTINY.
  • You’re not RESPONSIBLE for somebody else’s happiness. You’re responsible for your own HAPPINESS.
  • Don’t allow negative people to steal your joy. When you lose your joy, you lose your strength.
  • Fear and faith have something in common. They both ask us to believe in something we cannot see.
  • You must quit looking at what you don’t have and start believing that all things are possible.
  • If you’ll spend time praying for people instead of talking about them, you’ll get better results.
  • Every twenty-four hours God has a fresh new supply of grace, of favor, of wisdom, of forgiveness.
  • FORGIVE The People That Hurt You. God Will Pay You Back With Double The Joy…Double The Victory.
  • Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t feel comfortable reading about in the newspaper the next day.
  • I don’t argue when people say that my message is simple, but I believe Jesus’ message was simple.
  • Our whole message is it’s easy to just keep preaching to the church and people that already come.
  • Indeed, it is as important to learn how to receive a blessing as it is to be willing to give one.
  • When we focus on or disappointments , we stop God from ringing fresh new blessing into our lives.
  • Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You’re in complete control of your happiness.
  • God loves to use ordinary people just like you and me, faults and all, to do extraordinary things.
  • It is better to be lonely than allow people who are not going anywhere keep you from your destiny.
  • A lot of preachers’ kids are some of the most rebellious kids in the world. I never was like that.
  • Your destiny is not cancelled because of a mistake, because of a failure. Get back up and go again.
  • The only difference between black coal and a precious diamond is the amount of pressure it endured.
  • Wake up every morning with a thankful attitude. Expect something good to happen in your life today.
  • You have excellence on the inside. It’s who you are. Now do your part. Bring out your excellence!
  • It’s always darkest before the dawn. The bigger your challenge, the closer you are to your victory.
  • My dad had a church of 90 people when I was born. It was just, over the years it continued to grow.
  • When u have this spirit of excellence, u do the right thing always :even if no one is watching you.
  • I don’t think it’s that hard [to lead a Christian life]. To me it’s fun. We have joy and happiness.
  • You don’t have to tell people what they’re doing wrong. They already know. Your job is to love them.
  • I try to look on all the great things God’s done, and not focus on the negative. It’s a perspective.
  • The Gospel is called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that’s God’s [message] for you.
  • Do yourself a favor; don’t wear yourself out trying to please everybody. Your time is too valuable.
  • This is my Bible. I am what it says I am. I have what it says I have. I can do what it says I can do.
  • I want get across to not just the church world. I want to get outside those walls to everyday people.
  • We can be civil. We can still be friends, and be Democrats and Republicans, and have different views.
  • If you truly want to become a better you, it is imperative that you learn to feel good about yourself.
  • (after listening to people gripe and complain just smile and remember) Crows can’t hang with eagles.
  • God will always bring the right people into your life, but you have to let the wrong people walk away.
  • Happiness does not depend on your circumstances; it depends on your will. It’s a choice that you make.
  • The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends.
  • To be happy in life… You’ve got to train your mind to see the good, to be grateful for what you have.
  • Associate with people of vision. Be around those who inspire you and motivate you to reach your dreams.
  • Don’t go into the new year holding a grudge from last year. Leave the hurts and disappointments behind.
  • Sometimes what we think is a disappointment, is really God getting us in position to go to a new level.
  • Strive to make every person feel special. After all, every person you meet is made in the image of God.
  • Your enemies, your critics, the people that are trying to push you down-God can use them to push you up.
  • God didn’t create any of us to be average. He didn’t make us to barely get by. We were created to excel.
  • A small pot boils quick. You can tell much about the depth of one’s character by how quickly he ‘boils’.
  • I struggled for a long time with survivin’, and no matter what, you keep finding something to fight for.
  • We’re not always going to be here. Live life to the full, with purpose & passion, pursuing your dreams.
  • The more you talk about negative things in your life, the more you call them in. Speak victory not defeat.
  • If you think your obstacles are too big, they will be. Don’t set limits on your life with your thinking.
  • You need to follow your own heart in light of God’s word and do what you feel is right and good for you.
  • People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind.
  • I think sometimes the critics want me to beat people down, and that’s not in me. I want to lift people up.
  • I didn’t try to copy my dad or fit into the pressure or the mold that everybody tried to make me fit into.
  • The facts may tell you one thing. But, God is not limited by the facts. Choose faith in spite of the facts.
  • You may not be where you want to be, but you can look back and be thankful you’re not where you used to be.
  • If you want to know where you’ll be five years from now, listen to what you’re saying about yourself today.
  • My belief as a Christian is when we receive Christ as salvation, that that gives us a guarantee for Heaven.
  • People can call you many different things, but you are not what people call you. You are what you answer to.
  • You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
  • God wants us to prosper financially, to have plenty of money, to fulfill the destiny He has laid out for us.
  • Dare to believe SOMETHING AMAZING is going to happen in your life. When you believe, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
  • Your idea may not be exactly God’s idea, but I can promise you this: God’s way will be better than your way.
  • Slow down and enjoy the journey right now. Take time for the people in your life. They won’t always be there.
  • No matter how long it’s been, no matter how impossible it looks, if you’ll stay in faith, your time is coming.
  • Keep honoring God with your life, stay in peace, trust His timing and God will open doors that no man can shut.
  • Take your dreams and the promises God has put in your heart, and every day declare that they will come to pass.
  • God would not have put a dream in your heart if He had not already given you everything you need to fulfill it.
  • It’s better to become who God created you to be than to try to promote yourself to become something you’re not.
  • On Sundays when I speak, I hopefully give somebody something that they can use the next day at work or at home.
  • Your destiny is too great, your assignment too important, your time too valuable. Don’t let fear intimidate you.
  • Many times, we miss out on God’s best because we give up too soon. We don’t realize how close we are to victory.
  • This is not the time to shrink back in fear. Move forward in faith. Get up every morning knowing you are gifted.
  • You were created to excel. There’s no limit to how high you can go in life. Keep stretching to the next level.
  • You’re not better than anybody else, but you’re not less than anybody else. You’re a child of the Most High God.
  • Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
  • If we say it long enough eventually we’re going to reap a harvest. We’re going to get exactly what we’re saying.
  • Don’t use your faith to try to get rid of problems. Use your faith to remain calm in the midst of your problems.
  • I realize that as quick as you go up, you can really come down that quick. And we’ve seen it happen with others.
  • Just because something didn’t work out your way, or somebody disappointed you, that does not change who you are.
  • I think God gives every one of us our own will, and unfortunately, some people choose to do evil things with it.
  • When you go through difficult times…recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges.
  • We’re not always going to understand why something happens.True faith is trusting even when it doesn’t make sense
  • We may get knocked down on the outside, but the key to living in victory is to learn how to get up on the inside.
  • You will never go beyond the barriers in your own mind. If you think you can’t do something, then you never will.
  • If you want your life to get better, sometimes the best thing you can do is to help improve somebody else’s life.
  • That’s my thing – keep filled with faith. Keep doing what you can do and I believe God will do what you can’t do.
  • What others say and do cannot stop you from fulfilling your destiny. Your destiny was handed down by Almighty God.
  • Jesus didn’t go around condemning people. The Bible says it’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance.
  • It’s amazing how people will give when you don’t ask. Many of them send money because they believe in the message.
  • At this very moment, God’s working behind the scenes in your life, arranging things in your favor. Stay in faith!
  • It’s better to please God and have a few people upset with you than to please people and have God upset with you.
  • Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.
  • Don’t simply settle for what your parents had. You can go further than that. You can do more, have more, be more.
  • The main message of it is to not get stagnant and that God wants us to continue to grow and become a better person.
  • Don’t think small when you pray. God has a way to bring your dreams to pass if you’ll dare to be bold enough to ask.
  • God wants to use you in spite of your weaknesses. Of God chose to use perfect people only, He’d have no one to use
  • You weren’t created to simply exist, to endure, or to go through the motions; you were created to be really alive.
  • Hard times may have held you down, but they will not last forever. When all is said and done, you will be increased.
  • Take the limits off of yourself. You will never rise higher than your thinking. Create a great vision for your life.
  • I try to speak in everyday language. I feel like God has gifted me to take Bible principles and make them practical.
  • If Jesus were here today, he wouldn’t be riding around on a donkey. He’d be taking a plane, he’d be using the media.
  • Don’t fall in love with the blessings. Fall in love with the Blessor. Seek first the Kingdom & God will reward you!
  • Most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change.
  • Send your life to a whole new level! Zip up the negative words and start speaking faith and victory into your future.
  • Faith is not in your head. Faith is in your heart. Sometimes you have to turn your mind off and listen to your heart.
  • I would rather believe for something great and receive half of it, than to believe for nothing and receive all of it!
  • No matter what comes your way, shake it off and move forward. When you have a positive mindset, you can’t be defeated.
  • Most of the criticism I get is that I am too positive and too hopeful… in my words, I don’t beat people down enough.
  • When I used to play sports, I’d be the one cheering the team on, ‘Come on, we can beat these guys!’ That’s just in me.
  • I have always believed. I grew up, you know, my parents were a good Christian people. They showed us love in the home.
  • Your future starts today. Don’t go through life looking in the rearview mirror. Your life is filled with possibility.
  • You may have had unfair things happen to you, but the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future.
  • Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.
  • Just because you’ve come to a dead end, it’s not time to give up. Find a different route and keep pressing forward.
  • You are a person of destiny. You are not here by accident. There is no obstacle too big, no dream you can’t accomplish.
  • If your dream dies, dream another one. If things don’t work out the way you’ve planned, God has a better plan for you.
  • Let’s be the kind of people that do good for others whether we get paid back or not, whether they say thank you or not.
  • I want to be blessed so I can build orphanages. Blessed so I can build hospitals and do other things with our finances.
  • I’ve always been – you know, my personality is motivating and encouraging. And so I’m just being who God made me to be.
  • We need to show mercy. I mean, because as much mercy as you show people, that’s the mercy you’re going to be receiving.
  • It’s easy to see the negative, but every person has something great about them. Develop a habit of looking for the good.
  • You may make some mistakes – but that doesn’t make you a sinner. You’ve got the very nature of God on the inside of you.
  • I’ve always been very happy. I’ve always been easy going and I’ve always been very encouraging; it’s just my personality.
  • You are full of potential. You are overflowing with creativity. There’s nothing in your heart that you cannot accomplish.
  • Some of you had big dreams, but you had some disappointments & now you think it’s over. But God is saying, Begin again.
  • God planted a dream in your heart for a reason. No one else can dream it for you. No one else will accomplish it for you.
  • Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine.
  • Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment.
  • Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don’t think God categorizes sins.
  • Sometimes when you take strong stands, if you’re not called to do it, you’re dividing the audience you’re trying to reach.
  • The people God put in your life are not there by accident. Don’t get so busy that you just give them your leftover time.
  • Difficult times don’t come your way just so you can survive them; God uses these times in your life to form and refine you.
  • Stop living worried & discouraged. You have a Protector, Deliverer & Dream-Giver. No weapon formed against you can prosper.
  • I want the services to look and sound like the Grammys. It’s not showy, but we represent God, and it should be first class.
  • Let go of yesterday. Let today be a new beginning and be the best that you can, and you’ll get to where God wants you to be.
  • I’m trying to throw a big broad net to try to get people interested in God and believe that He’s for them and has a purpose.
  • Invite good things into your life. When you confess good things based on what God is saying, you’ll begin to see more favor!
  • Failure is an event-it’s not who you are. Don’t let that label get stuck on you. If one dream dies, dream another dream.
  • You cannot let where you are today cause you to get stuck. I’m going to be my best right now. That’s what faith is all about.
  • To become a better you, you must be positive towards yourself, develop better relationships, embrace the place where you are.
  • The truth is, somebody is always talking about you, so you have to let it go… if it’s not a part of your God-given destiny.
  • You were never created to live depressed, defeated, guilty, condemned, ashamed or unworthy. You were created to be victorious.
  • Why don’t you start believing that no matter what you have or haven’t done, that your best days are still out in front of you.
  • Don’t grow accustomed to living with less, doing less, and being less to the point that you eventually sit back and accept it.
  • It doesnt matter how long it’s been or how impossible it looks, all the forces of darkness cannot stop what God wants to do.
  • When things gets difficult, and it seems like the intensity has been turned up, that’s a sign you are close to your victory.
  • Your time is too valuable, your destiny is too great, and your future is too bright to waste a single moment. Be a now person.
  • You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church.
  • When thoughts tell you it’s too late, dismiss them. You haven’t dreamed your best dream. You haven’t run your best race.
  • Don’t be intimidated by the size of your problem or the size of your dream. God will see to it that it is finished completely.
  • When you have big dreams, you’re going to have big challenges. If you were an average person you would have average problems.
  • It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.
  • Some things you can only learn in the struggle. When it’s easy, when everything is going your way, that doesn’t take any faith.
  • I always want to listen to people and receive good criticism, but I just don’t have to answer to them; I have to answer to God.
  • I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.
  • It doesn’t matter who likes you or doesn’t like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you.
  • If you have your health, if you have people in your life to love, you are blessed. Slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.
  • It’s not who you are, but whose you are that counts. Because God is your heavenly Father, doors of opportunity will open for you.
  • I will not talk to God about how big my problems are. I will talk to my problems about how big my God is. This is my declaration.
  • Today, decide not to speak negatively about yourself. When you criticize yourself, you are criticizing God’s very own creation.
  • To reach up for the new, you must let go of the old. What lies behind you is not nearly as important as what lies in front of you.
  • Don’t waste your energy trying to convince people to understand you. Your time is too valuable to try to prove yourself to people.
  • The moment God put a dream in your heart, the moment the promise took root, God not only started it, but He set a completion date.
  • If you spend your life trying to please people or letting them control you, you may make them happy, but you’ll miss your destiny.
  • When you get knocked down, don’t stay down; get back up again. Nothing good is going to happen as long as you’re down on yourself.
  • If you are against yourself, you will never reach your highest potential. And when you criticize yourself, you’re criticizing God.
  • I think sometimes you just lose your focus, and I think that’s easy to do when you start getting more fame, more money, more power.
  • When you’re blessed, the haters come out. When you wear God’s blessings well, don’t be surprised if it draws jealousy out on people.
  • Be sensitive to the needs of those around you. Live as a healer. Lift the fallen, restore the broken, and encourage the discouraged.
  • Life is short. You can’t afford to put off what God has put in your heart. You don’t have time to live with things holding you back.
  • Every day is a gift from God. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow, so that tells me to see the good in this day to make the most of it.
  • When it’s all said and done, you may go through the fire, through the flood, through the famine, but you’ll come out standing strong.
  • I don’t believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college.
  • I’m trying to teach people how to live their everyday lives, and so I do focus on it, probably not as much as some people would like.
  • When you face difficult times, know that challenges are not sent to destroy you. They’re sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.
  • Not every person is going to understand you and that’s okay. They have a right to their opinion and you have every right to ignore it.
  • Life’s too short to spend it trying to keep others happy. You can’t please everyone. To fulfill your destiny, stay true to your heart.
  • Keep in mind, just because you don’t know the answer doesn’t mean that one does not exist. You simply haven’t discovered it yet.
  • Our words have creative power. With our words, we can speak blessings over our future or we can speak negative things over our future.
  • My core message is that God has got a good plan for your lives, and we must trust Him, and let go of the past. That’s my main message.
  • If you will keep being your best right where you are, you will come into more favor, promotion and opportunity than you ever imagined.
  • I feel like what’s come out of me is the gift God has given me just to encourage people, to help them know that there’s a better life.
  • Being successful doesn’t necessarily make you great. What makes you great is when you reach back and help somebody else become great.
  • I believe God’s keeping the records and I believe you will be rewarded even in this life; somehow, some way God will make it up to you.
  • You were created to make somebody else’s life better. Somebody needs your smile. They need your love, your encouragement & your gifts.
  • It may look impossible, but God can do the impossible. Just because you don’t see anything happening doesn’t mean God is not working
  • Put your shoulders back, hold your head up high knowing that the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you.
  • Friend, there’s no greater investment in life than in being a people builder. Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.
  • My friends and I had fun together, but I was more reserved, not at all the life of the party. I would just be the quiet one in the room.
  • I believe if you keep your faith, you keep your trust, you keep the right attitude, if you’re grateful, you’ll see God open up new doors.
  • Shake off the self-pity, shake off the defeat and get ready for God to do something new. He is going to pay you back for every injustice.
  • There’s power when you call on God, you ask Him, and you invite Him into your life. God will be in your life as much as you allow Him to.
  • There’s plenty about God that I don’t understand and can’t explain. But I come back to my core belief that God is good, that He’s for us.
  • I see people – they won’t be negative toward other people, but inside they’re negative toward themselves, and I think that holds us back.
  • God knows the dreams and desires in your heart; in fact, He gave them to you. He will order your steps and take you where you need to be.
  • When you come to a dark valley, a difficult season or a sickness, don’t worry about it, God will give you the grace and strength you need.
  • If you develop an image of success, health, abundance, joy, peace, happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you.
  • Quit dwelling on the negative things people have said about you. You don’t have to have everyone’s approval. You have God’s approval.
  • Sometimes we look back and 10 years from now we think, ‘Boy, those were great old days.’ Well, you know, we’re living in the good old days.
  • We can all control our own destiny. And I think sometimes it’s a copout to say, “Well, it’s this person’s fault or another person’s fault.”
  • No matter how many mistakes you’ve made in the past, or what sort of difficulties you struggle with now, you are destined to live in victory.
  • Quit worrying about what other people think and just be who God made you to be. If you will run your race, God will take care of your critics.
  • There’s a lot that is good in your life-don’t take it for granted. Don’t get so focused on the struggles that you miss the gift of today
  • Never put a question mark where God has put a period. When something is over and done, let it go and move on to the next chapter of your life.
  • You were not created to just get by with an average, unrewarding, or unfulfilling life. God created you to leave your mark on this generation.
  • The marriage partner is not really the problem. No other person can ultimately make you happy. You must learn how to be happy within yourself.
  • God’s got you in the palm of His hand. You won’t leave one second before your time. If God wants you to be here, then you’re going to be here.
  • No matter how dark and gloomy it looks in your life right now, if you’ll release the weight of those burdens, you will see the sun break forth.
  • When you face adversity, you need to remind yourself that whatever is trying to defeat you could very well be what God will use to promote you.
  • I’m healthy as can be – not an ache or a pain. A lot of my prayer is thanking the Lord that I am healthy. I pray for long life and good health.
  • You can live a good life no matter what’s happened to you. And so I don’t know. I know there is condemnation, but I don’t feel that’s my place.
  • God made us for more than just barely getting by. We weren’t meant to sit on the sidelines of life because with God, we are on the winning team!
  • Your life may have taken a detour, but God is still on the throne. He has brought you this far, and sooner or later, your peace will be restored.
  • Keep doing the right. God is building character in you, and you are passing that test. Remember, the greater the struggle, the greater the reward.
  • No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Find something positive in your life. Thank God for the small things.
  • Don’t just accept whatever comes your way in life. You were born to win; you were born for greatness; you were created to be a champion in life.
  • You cannot wait until everything becomes better before you decide to have a good attitude. You have to be the best you can be right where you are.
  • God honors obedience, and He has distinct plans for us. I think the dreams that God puts in our hearts, we can fulfill. He’s equipped us for that.
  • You know, there is always times where you feel discouraged and things coming against you, but I don’t know if I ever wanted to throw in the towel.
  • You’re going to go through tough times – that’s life. But I say, ‘Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.’ See the positive in negative events.
  • I think we use God’s word. I think the principles that you hear Dr. Phil and some of those others talk about many times are right out of the Bible.
  • If you will focus on meeting other people’s needs, God will always make sure your needs are supplied. God will take care of your problems for you.
  • There’s a lot of negative things trying to pull people down, and I think people respond when you tell them that hey, there are good things up ahead.
  • There are people in your path just so you can be a blessing to them. Anytime you do good for others, you are sowing a seed for God to be good to you.
  • I don’t mind saying, you know, that I don’t take a salary from the church, and God has blessed me with more money than I could imagine from my books.
  • When you go through a loss, a disappointment or a bad break up, don’t expect to come out the same. Expect to come out better off than you were before.
  • You can’t talk mediocrity and expect to have victory. You are prophesying your future. If you want a shift to occur, you’ve got to think positive.
  • You can have average talent, but when God breathes on your life, you will go further than people that have great talent. Don’t talk yourself out of it.
  • I feel like my message is to let people know that God is a good God, that He’s on their side, and no matter what happens, He has a great plan for them.
  • I try to live what I teach. A lot of things come against us in life, but we should try to find something to be grateful for, and see each day as a gift.
  • Be careful with whom you associate, especially when you feel emotionally vulnerable, because negative people can steal the dream right out of your heart.
  • Act like you’re blessed. Talk like you’re blessed. Walk like you’re blessed. Put actions behind your faith, and one day you will see it become a reality.
  • Life is flying by. You don’t have time to waste another minute being negative, offended or bitter. If someone did you wrong, get over it and move forward.
  • You know what? I’m not going to beat myself up. I did the best I can do, and so I’m going to believe that – I’m going to believe good things about myself.
  • I just wanted to get the message that God had put into my heart into another form, because I knew the print media would reach a different group of people.
  • There will always be somebody more successful, more beautiful, more talented. You have to realize, you’re not running their race. You’re running your race.
  • Nothing in life has happened to you. It’s happened for you. Every disappointment. Every wrong. Even every closed door has helped make you into who you are.
  • Too often we judge people based on our own backgrounds and experiences, but when you understand people’s stories, it’s easier to understand their demeanor.
  • You won’t be free from guilt if you are constantly replaying the negative memories of your past. If you’re going to replay anything, replay your victories!
  • You don’t need everyone to help you. You just need one touch of favor, and you will accomplish in a split second what could have taken your whole lifetime.
  • I think the first thing to do is to be aware that you can choose what you’re thinking about and that your life is going down the path that you’re thinking.
  • I just think that trusting God means we’re going to have unanswered questions, and God is so much bigger than us, we’re never going to understand them all.
  • You may never get to that perfect world that you’re waiting for where everything’s going to be perfect and you got that much money and your house paid off.
  • I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity.
  • God will give you strength when you think you can’t go on. He will give you joy when you should be discouraged. He can make a way when it looks impossible.
  • Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Things may not be perfect, but be grateful for the opportunity to experience each day. Live each day like it could be your last.
  • The power to see change in your life can be found in the words you speak. You have the power to set the destiny for your life by what comes out of your mouth.
  • When God puts something in your heart and deep down you know it’s a destiny moment, don’t wait for ten confirmations. Do what God is asking you to do now.
  • Take time to make a difference. Don’t just obsess about how you can make your life better.  Think about how you can make somebody else’s life better as well.
  • When you give up yourself, that’s when you will feel the true spirit of Christmas. And that’s giving that’s serving others and that’s when you feel fulfilled.
  • I think, for years, people have been pushed down by religion, and I don’t say that disrespectfully, but they’ve been shown a God that you can’t measure up to.
  • Happiness is always a choice. You can’t wait for circumstances to get better. You have to create your own good fortune. So look for ways to be happy every day.
  • So many people are looking at what’s wrong, and I try to encourage them to look at what’s right in their life. A lot of people have it a lot worse than you do.
  • I’m trying to make God more relevant in our society. And I think talking in everyday terms and making sure people can understand it – I think that’s important.
  • Just because we’re in a STRESSFUL situation doesn’t mean that we have to get stressed out. You may be in the storm. The key is, don’t let the storm get in YOU.
  • When you have a spirit of excellence, you do the right thing not because somebody is watching or making you do it; you do it because it’s the right thing to do.
  • When you smile and project an aura of warmth, kindness, and friendliness, you will attract warms, kindness, and friendliness. Happy people will be drawn to you.
  • You have to accept the fact that some people are never going to be for you. Treat them with respect, but you don’t need their approval to fulfill your destiny.
  • It’s vital that you accept yourself and learn to be happy with who God made you to be. If you want to truly enjoy your life, you must be at peace with yourself.
  • You didn’t accidentally get your personality, looks and gifts. You were designed on purpose to be the way you are. You have what you need to fulfill your destiny.
  • You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won’t receive the good things God has in store.
  • You can become all God created you to be even if you’ve had difficulties, even if you weren’t born into a good, loving family, God still has a plan for your life.
  • When you get up and say, “God, I want to thank you for being alive, I’ve got family, I’ve got my health,” you’re going to draw in more of the good things from God.
  • Stones of judgment, discouragement or doubt may be thrown at you. You can’t stop them, but you can make the choice to keep your walls up and not let them affect you.
  • I’m honest enough to say I don’t know everything. You know, I don’t. I don’t understand all of God. I don’t understand, you know, some kind of why bad things happen.
  • It’s in the difficult times that we’re growing and you can’t just rebuke everything hard. We’ve got to endure it and fight the good fight of faith and pass the test.
  • Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.
  • When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought.
  • When you stir up the passion, your faith will allow God to do amazing things. If you want to remain passionate, you cannot let what once was a miracle become ordinary.
  • The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive or negative.
  • If we don’t forgive ourselves for mistakes we’ve made-and everybody’s made their choices, some worse than others-we’ll never experience the good life God has in store.
  • You can take pride in yourself without comparing yourself to anybody else. If you run your race and be the best that you can be, then you can feel good about yourself.
  • When you center life around yourself, not only do you miss out on God’s best, but you rob other people of the joy and blessings that God wants to give them through you.
  • I don’t have it in my heart to condemn people. I’m here to encourage them. I see myself more as a coach, as a motivator to help them experience the life God has for us.
  • Closed doors are a test of our faith. Keep moving forward, being your best, living with determination and faith. When you do, you’ll see amazing changes all around you.
  • Don’t be so shortsighted that if it doesn’t happen right now, you’re not going to be happy. You are sowing seeds that will reap a great harvest for generations to come.
  • If you’re going to do anything great in life, there will be opposition, setbacks, delays and critics. When you have big dreams, you’re going to have big challenges.
  • When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that He’s the Christ, raised from the dead, that He’s his savior – that’s good enough for me.
  • I feel like when I stay focused on encouraging people, and giving them hope, and helping them live their everyday life, I think that’s where I can have the most impact.
  • Make up your mind that no matter what comes your way, no matter how difficult, no matter how unfair, you will do more than simply survive. You will thrive in spite of it.
  • When we don’t forgive, we’re not hurting the other person. We’re not hurting the company that did us wrong. We’re not hurting God. We’re only hurting ourselves.
  • I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope. Causing people to have better relationships. I’m not leading them to some false God or something like that.
  • At the start of each new day, remind yourself: I am talented. I am creative. I am greatly favored by God. I am equipped. I am well able. I will see my dreams come to pass.
  • When my father died, it sounds kind of simple but I just had the desire to step up and pastor the church. It was what I was supposed to do. I just took that step of faith.
  • I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I’m for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it’s not my job to try to straighten everybody out.
  • When you are committed to doing what’s right, you are sowing seeds for God’s blessings. You will never go wrong by taking the high road and doing more that is required.
  • The main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To live a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that’s really the essence of the Christian faith.
  • Don’t focus on the adversity; focus on God. No matter what you go through, stay in faith, be your best each day and trust that God will use it to position you for greatness.
  • The dream in your heart may be bigger than the environment in which you find yourself. Sometimes you have to get out of that environment in order to see your dream fulfilled.
  • Sometimes you have to put your own dreams on hold temporarily so you can help release a dream in somebody else. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.
  • A lot of psychological principles and even medical principles, you see them coming around to what the Bible said hundreds of years ago: a merry heart is good like a medicine.
  • Sometimes you need faith and victory spoken over your life. Words have created power. When you receive them into your spirit, they can ignite seeds of increase on the inside.
  • There’s probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you’re a believer in God, you’re going to have some good works.
  • But I want to motivate. I wanna motivate every person to leave here to be a better father, a better husband, to break addictions to come up higher in their walk with the Lord.
  • You can’t talk defeat and expect to have victory. You can’t talk lack and expect to have abundance. You’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go.
  • You’ve got to believe that God is in control of your life. It may be a tough time but you’ve got to believe that God has a reason for it and he’s going to make everything good.
  • Before you leave the house, you need to make up your mind that you’re going to stay positive and enjoy the day no matter what comes your way. You have to decide ahead of time.
  • You have to turn it around and say God still has a great plan for my life. I may not understand things that happen, but faith is all about trusting when you don’t understand it.
  • Learn to trust His timing. Don’t get in a hurry; don’t grow impatient; don’t try to force doors open. Don’t try to make things happen in your own strength. Let God do it His way.
  • There is a winner in you. You were created to be successful, to accomplish your goals, to leave your mark on this generation. You have greatness in you. The key is to get it out.
  • God wants you to have a good life, a life filled with love, joy, peace, and fulfillment. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy, but it does mean that it will always be good.
  • If we will do our part and take a strong stand for our families, God will do His part. He’ll help us to have great marriages and great relationships with our parents and children.
  • It’s flattering to people who stop you and say that you’ve helped them and all. But, again, you know, you’ve got to stay humble because as quick as you came up, you can come down.
  • You will become what you believe. The truth is, I am what I am today because of what I believed about myself yesterday. And I will be tomorrow what I believe about myself right now
  • You don’t have to fight every battle. You don’t have to respond to every critic. You don’t have to be offended because of what others say. You can rise above these things and soar.
  • To me, it’s OK to have differences. But we don’t have to be mad about it. You know? And I think that’s where sometimes we get so passionate that we – you know, it turns into anger.
  • God never said that we wouldn’t have unfair situations, that we wouldn’t experience loss. But He promised if we would stay in faith, He would restore everything that was stolen.
  • If you want to be happy, you have to be happy on purpose. When you wake up, you can’t just wait to see what kind of day you’ll have. You have to decide what kind of day you’ll have.
  • No matter what you’ve been through, no matter what others might have thought about you…you are who God says you are. You are talented, you are a success, and you are an overcomer!
  • You may have made a lot of wrong choices, but you’ve also made a lot of choices that were right. Focus on your good qualities. Focus on your victories. Get off the treadmill of guilt.
  • My parents were the same in the pulpit as they were at home. I think that’s where a lot of preachers’ kids get off base sometimes. Because they don’t see the same things at both places.
  • My daddy tried to get me up to speak for the 17 years that I worked behind the scenes, but I never had the desire. Naturally, I was nervous and kind of shy. I just didn’t want to do it.
  • Start calling yourself healed, happy, whole, blessed, and prosperous. Stop talking to God about how big your mountains are, and start talking to your mountains about how big your God is!
  • If you don’t have the gift of a loving supportive family, be that gift for someone else. It doesn’t have to be a relative, just someone you know who is alone or hurting over the holiday.
  • You have a destiny to fulfill, something greater than you’ve ever even imagined. But if you’re going to become all you were created to be, you’ve got to take off the úaverageù label.
  • I don’t focus on the critics. Everyone who is making any difference in any field has critics. As long as I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, then I don’t worry about it.
  • We deal with people that are going through divorces and that are facing life-threatening illnesses, and I’m giving them hope. And to me, I don’t think there’s anything “lite” about that.
  • God has already lined up the right people for you, people that will inspire you, challenge you and motivate you. If you’ll let go of the wrong people, then the right people will show up.
  • Next time you’re tempted to be upset, frustrated, offended, remind yourself, it’s a part of that ten percent of things in life that you can’t control – but you can control how you respond.
  • Our goal should be that we’re going to live life to the fullest, pursuing our passions and dreams, and when it comes our time to go, we will have used as much of our potential as possible.
  • Don’t live worried, frustrated or upset because of what somebody did or what didn’t work out. Come back to a place of peace. It’s not going to work against you; it’s going to work for you.
  • I’m not beating people over the head, and I’m saying that there are good things in store – you can make it in life. Most of the stuff that I minister [is] not real complicated deep things.
  • God is preparing you for greater things. He’s going to take you further than you thought possible, so don’t be surprised when He asks you to think better of yourself and to act accordingly.
  • Quit worrying about people that are trying to hold you back. God knows how to move the wrong people out of your life and bring the right people in. He knows how to prepare you to Break Out.
  • It is a hard thing to let go of mistakes we’ve made and sins. God wants us to do that because He knows the guilt and the condemnation will keep us from becoming who He has created us to be.
  • We live in a society that likes to kick people when they’re down. Don’t be a fair-weather friend. Stick with people. They need you more in the tough times than they do in the good times.
  • Well I think a lot of times we’re putting things off and I’m going to do it later. I’m going to break this bad habit or I’m going to pursue this dream or I’m going to treat my spouse better.
  • Don’t settle in the land of barely enough. That is where you are, it is not who you are. That’s your location, it’s not your identity. No matter what it looks like, have an abundant mentality.
  • Love overlooks a person’s faults. That’s not always easy, but love believes the best in every person. Anybody can return evil for evil, but God wants His people to help heal wounded hearts.
  • Your job isn’t to judge. – Your job isn’t to figure out if someone deserves something or decide who is right or wrong. – Your job is to lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurting.
  • People will try to label you not good enough, too slow, too old, too many mistakes. You can’t stop negative comments or prevent negative labels, but you can choose to not let them hold you back.
  • I think a big test we all face in life on a regular basis is that discouragement test. Life’s not always fair, but I believe if you keep doing the right thing, God will get you to where you are.
  • Back in Bible days, there were these famous schools of the prophets, but some of the ones Jesus chose didn’t come through that route – and not to say that they weren’t good, but I’m comfortable.
  • There are times you will be given intuition, you just know something, and you can’t explain it. Don’t override it. Don’t talk yourself out of it. That’s the Creator giving you inside information.
  • When you reach out to hurting people, that’s when God is going to make sure your needs are supplied. When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.
  • Whether a person is straight or gay, Republican, Democrat, good person, not a good person, they’re all welcome, because to me, church is a place you’re supposed to get healed and whole and loved.
  • I don’t have to figure out how God is going to solve my problem. I don’t have to understand how He’s going to bring it to pass. That’s His responsibility. My job is to simply believe that He will.
  • When you serve others, when you make somebody else’s life better, when you lift up people, when you help heal those that are hurting, not only are they being blessed, but you’re being blessed.
  • There is a place that God has specifically designed for you where all your needs will be supplied, where you’ll be happy and fulfilled, and where you’ll be using your gifts and talents to the full.
  • I want to challenge you today to get out of your comfort zone. You have so much incredible potential on the inside. God has put gifts and talents in you that you probably don’t know anything about.
  • It’s amazing what people will do when you see the best in them, when you honor them, when you respect them. It not only strengthens the relationship, but it will help that other person rise higher.
  • If you’ll dare to take your mind off your troubles, get your mind off your own needs and, instead, seek to be a blessing to other people, God will do more for you than you could even ask or think.
  • I like to take every day just searching my own heart, making sure that I’m on course, and I’m doing what God wants me to do. I’m real good with not looking to the critics and looking straight ahead.
  • I like to start my day off every morning, take the first half hour and just search my own heart, see if I’m on the right course, try to be honest with myself – am I doing this for the right reasons?
  • God’s dream is that you have an abundance, that you be totally out of debt, pay your house off, pay your credit cards off, and have so much overflow that you can be a blessing to everyone around you!
  • Hold on to that new, enlarge vision of victory that God has given you. Start expecting things to change in your favor. Dare to boldly declare that you are standing strong against the forces of darkness.
  • We live in a day that nobody’s lived in before: where you can touch more people. The message I’ll speak tonight and the message that I speak at home, people in India will hear. It’s just an amazing day.
  • If it’s not meeting a need, turn it into a seed. Remember, we will reap what we sow. When you do good for other people, that’s when God is going to make sure that His abundant blessings overtake you.
  • One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine.
  • Sometimes we focus on the mess or the broken dream, but in all the mess God sees greatness. He knows how to take your troubles and turn them into trophies, how to take the test and make it your testimony.
  • God doesn’t care what you’re not. He cares who you are. You are His, you come from the Master, and when He adds His extra to your ordinary and His super to your natural, nothing is impossible for you.
  • God puts people in our lives on purpose so we can help them succeed and help them become all He created them to be. Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them.
  • I believe that God breathed life into every person and that every person is made in the image of God and you have accept them as they are, on their journey. I’m not here to preach hate or push people down.
  • I’ve learned a simple principle: all I have to do is be the best ‘me’ that I can be. One day when I read the Scripture about David, that he fulfilled his purpose for his generation. I knew God spoke to me.
  • God’s way is better than your way. His plan is bigger than your plan. His dream for your life is more rewarding, more fulfilling, better than you’ve ever dreamed of. Now stay open and let God do it His way.
  • Bottom line: God will not allow any person to keep you from your destiny. They may be bigger, stronger, or more powerful, but God knows how to shift things around and get you to where you’re supposed to be.
  • No matter what you’ve gone through in the past, no matter how many setbacks you’ve suffered or who or what has tried to thwart your progress, today is a new day, and God wants to do a new thing in your life.
  • Again I think my gift is bringing hope to everybody, and I don’t want someone to look at me and say, “I would listen to him, I like what he’s saying, but he’s this or that politically and that turns me off.”
  • No matter what may be happening today, God has good things in store for your future! It may not be easy to see now, but God has already lined up a new beginning, new friendships and new opportunities for you.
  • Instead of focusing on how big your problems are, focus on how big your God is! He is everything you need. He is the Great I AM, and He is the one leading and guiding you into victory in every area of your life!
  • Sustaining faith is what sets you through those dark nights of the soul when you don’t know where to go or what to do, and it seems that you can’t last another day but because of your faith in God, you do.
  • When people are around us, they should leave better off than they were previously. Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.
  • I just want to continue to grow and be open to what God wants to do. I guess my main goal is just to continue to reach people the best I can, hopefully help impact their lives and just change culture for better.
  • I believe that all the churches are going to continue to grow. I think faith in America is at an all-time high. And I think as we continue to help people and to change with the time, to be relevant and practical.
  • We live in a culture that relishes tearing others down. It’s ultimately more fulfilling, though, to help people reach their goals. Instead of feeling jealous, remember: If God did it for them, He can do it for you.
  • Certainly there are times in all of our lives when bad things happen, or things don’t turn out as we had hoped. But that’s when we we must a decision that we’re going to be happy inspite of our circumstances.
  • God is a good God, and that he’s on our side, and that he has great things in store and I believe that as we receive the forgiveness that Christ came and was born and died to give us, then we can live a great life.
  • It seems like when I was growing up there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other, and I think all of them – all of the lawmakers – have hearts to do what’s right, and they all are passionate about it.
  • I believe there’s a heaven you know. Afterwards, there’s, you know, a place called hell. And I believe it’s when we have a relationship with God and his son Jesus and that’s what the Bible teaches us. I believe it.
  • Too often we make the mistake of remembering what we should forget-our hurts, failures and disappointments -and we forget what we should remember-our victories, accomplishments and the times we have made it through.
  • So many people talk about themselves: “I’m unattractive, my mind’s so slow, and I can’t do this.” And you know what I tell them? “God didn’t make a mistake when He made you. You need to see yourself as God sees you.”
  • No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.
  • Heavenly Father, thank You for Your peace that rules my heart. I choose Your peace today and thank You for guiding my every step. I choose to be thankful today and bless You for Your faithfulness. In Jesus Name. Amen.
  • I’m not. I don’t I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the scripture says, and that’s the way I read the Scripture.
  • I wouldn’t ever say if you’re having tough times then there must be something wrong with you or your attitude. Life’s a fight. It’s a good fight of faith. I encourage people to stay up, stay hopeful, stay faith-filled.
  • The prerequisite to loving others is to love yourself. If you don’t have a healthy respect for who you are, and if you don’t learn to accept yourself faults and all, you will never be able to properly love other people.
  • [ Billy Graham ] is a hero to us all. His life of integrity. Somebody that can stick with it for that long and just stick with his message. What I love about Dr. Graham is he stayed on course. He didn’t get sidetracked.
  • Your life will follow your expectations. What you expect is what you will get. If you dwell on positive thoughts, you will move in that direction; if you continually think negative thoughts, you will live a negative life.
  • God knows your value; He sees your potential. You may not understand everything you are going through right now. But hold your head up high, knowing that God is in control and he has a great plan and purpose for your life.
  • I like to think my dad was easygoing and kind, and I think some of those things have been passed down. I am like him in a sense of being positive and hopeful. He was compassionate, and I’ve got a lot of that in me as well.
  • Don’t get stuck where you are, keep growing. It’s a decision you have to make because it is easy to get stuck. Make a decision to develop better habits, to have better relationships and just to keep the enthusiasm for life.
  • I think faith is incredible important because you will become overwhelmed with what’s happening and you will have waves of grief, but when you turn to your faith, I believe God will give you waves of grace to get through it.
  • If you think you’re average, then you’ll be average. If you think you’re ordinary, then you’ll live ordinary. The truth is, there is nothing ordinary about you. You have something to offer that nobody else can offer.
  • This is a day that God has given me. It’s a gift. I can never relive this day. And I’m not going to live it angry, in unforgiveness, and mad at somebody. If I don’t get my way, I’m going to believe that God’s still in control.
  • There’s a belief that you’re supposed to be poor, and suffering, and show your humility. I just don’t see the Bible that way. I see that God came and Jesus died so that we might live an abundant life and be a blessing to others.
  • Listen carefully to the words and tone of voice you use with your spouse. Are you complaining all the time and telling her what she’s not doing right? Or are you doing like Solomon-blessing, encouraging, and uplifting that woman?
  • Truth is, no two people are completely compatible. We have to learn to become one. That means we may have to make sacrifices; we may have to overlook some things. We must be willing to compromise for the good of the relationship.
  • Sometimes in life, a fog sets in and you don’t know which way is the right direction. Every voice may tell you it’s not going to happen, but God has placed a promise in your heart. Refuse to listen to those voices. Keep believing.
  • When my dad founded our church, he used either a globe or a map of the world behind him. It was symbolic of what Christ said: to go forth and preach hope to the world. We believe in the cross, but we just continued with the globe.
  • You don’t know why God has put that person in your path. It’s not a coincidence. He’s strategically lined up every person, every detail and every step of your life. Now do your part–don’t miss an opportunity to do good for others.
  • God can cause opportunity to find you. He has unexpected blessings where you suddenly meet the right person, or suddenly your health improves, or suddenly you’re able to pay off your house. That’s God shifting things in your favor.
  • I believe God, Jesus, died that we not just go to Heaven but that we excel in this life. I never think you make money your goal… God wants you to excel. Just keep Him in first place, and God will open up doors you never dreamed of.
  • When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you.  Encouragement should come from the inside.
  • Resist discouragement by speaking His Word over your future. Keep standing. Keep hoping; keep believing because He is working behind the scenes. He’s going to accelerate your times and lead you into the life of victory He has for you.
  • No matter how dark it looks, no matter how long it’s been, no matter how many people are trying to push you down; if you will stay in faith, God will always take you from Friday to Sunday. He will always complete what He started in you!
  • See, people are watching you. Especially your children. They’re taking in every single thing you do. They are like video cameras with legs. And they are always in the record mode. They learn more from what you do than from what you say.
  • We have to remember, when we forgive we’re not doing it just for the other person, we’re doing it for our own good. When we hold on to unforgiveness and we live with grudges in our hearts, all we’re doing is building walls of separation.
  • We minister the Word of God. The proclamation of the Gospel comes after individuals have opened their hearts to God and turned from themselves to others. Only then are they truly ready to hear and benefit fully from the Word of the Lord.
  • Make the decision and say, “I’m not letting that worry in. I’m done being upset when my plans don’t work out. I’m not letting that stress in.” Negative thoughts will still come to your mind, but you don’t have to let them into your spirit.
  • When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life. You must learn to follow that love. Don’t ignore it. Act on it. Somebody needs what you have.
  • It is your choice to be happy. Make up your mind to enjoy this day, to have a blessed, prosperous, victorious year. You may have some setbacks and your circumstances may change, but don’t let that change your mind. Keep it set on happiness.
  • When I grew up, the Devil was a reason why I had a headache or the Devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the Devil. I think today when I say the Enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the Enemy can be our own thoughts.
  • To live your best life now, you must learn to trust God’s timing, you may not think He’s working, but you can be sure that right now, behind the scenes, God is arranging all the pieces to come together to work out His plan for your life.
  • I see God as my heavenly father, like my earthly father, as loving and kind. Yes, he disciplined me, he helped me make good decisions, but I knew my dad was always there for me. If I made a mistake, I wouldn’t run from my dad, I’d go to him.
  • Start announcing freedom from anything that’s holding you back. Freedom from addictions, freedom from loneliness, freedom from lack, freedom from struggle. You are prophesying your future. Your words are setting the direction for your life.
  • There are a lot of decisions we pass up on because we think, “You know what? That’s just going to build – you know, maybe that’s going to build me and not build the ministry and what I’m trying to do.” So we pass up on a lot of opportunities.
  • Some people keep God in a Sunday morning box and say, ‘Hey, I did my religious duty.’ That’s fine, but the scripture says to pray without ceasing. And I think that means all through the day you’re talking to God. Even if it’s in your thoughts.
  • You need to associate with people who inspire you, people that challenge you to raise higher,  people that make you better.  Don’t waste your valuable time with people that are not adding to your growth.  Your destiny is too important.
  • I believe that when you think of the negative, and you get up discouraged – ‘There’s nothing good in my future’ – I really believe it almost ties the hands of God. God works where there’s an attitude of faith. I believe faith is all about hope.
  • I try to teach people that I believe God wants us to be positive toward ourselves, meaning that, you know what, I like the way I look, I like the way I sound, I’m happy with what I’m doing in my career – and not always be beating ourselves down.
  • Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?
  • When you go through enough dark places, you don’t complain about little things. You don’t lose your joy because you got stuck in traffic; you don’t get offended because a coworker was rude to you. You’ve been through too much to let that sour you.
  • Father, I desire to please You in everything I do. I declare that You are good and faithful. I trust You with my whole heart and believe that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You. I bless You and honor You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
  • One study says that 90 percent of our everyday behavior is based on our habits. . . That means how we treat people, how we spend our money, what we watch, what we listen to – 90 percent of the time, we’re on autopilot. We do what we’ve always done.
  • I always try to put a seed of hope into people’s hearts. I’m not there to teach them doctrine necessarily, but to let them know that God is a good God, and has a plan for their lives. Hopefully, that will restore their faith, or draw them into faith.
  • The Scripture says that God blesses where men walk in unity, so we just thought it’s good for us to come together as Democrats, Republicans; believers, nonbelievers, all different walks of life and say hey, we are here to celebrate the goodness of God.
  • It may look like the difficulty is going to defeat you. But you need to keep telling yourself, “This sickness can’t take my life.” “This cancer can’t defeat me.” “No bad break, no disappointment, no accident can shorten one second of my divine destiny.”
  • A disagreement or incident involving someone who’s not that important to you, like a guy who cut you off in traffic or a rude cashier, is something that should roll off your shoulders. Save the effort for resolving conflicts with the people you cherish.
  • You have to make a switch. Decide today to start appreciating your spouse’s strengths and learn to downplay their weaknesses. If you do, your marriage will be filled with more peace, unity and love, and you’ll see God bless your marriage in greater ways.
  • Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.

 

  • I purposely don’t talk about money, because people are already skeptical about TV preachers. But I do say that I want you to be blessed. To me, prosperity is having health, having great children, having peace, good relationships. It’s not about the money.

 

  • When I took over from my father, he came from the Southern Baptist background, and back 40-50 years ago, there was a lot more of that.I don’t believe – maybe it was for a time. But I don’t have it in my heart to condemn people. I’m there to encourage them.
  • At times we’re going to get angry. Anger is an emotion God built into us. But we don’t have to blow up and say hurtful things that are going to damage our relationships. Learn to take a step back, collect your thoughts, and think about what you want to say.
  • People define Christianity differently. I think a large portion of our population are Christians, they’re not all growing in their faith, they’re not all active, but I believe that a lot of people believe in Jesus and believe that he is their Lord and Savior.
  • I’m not a big believer in trying to jam stuff down somebody’s throat: ‘You’re going to do it my way.’ I’d rather show by example and live my life and have people say, ‘You know what, I want to live like Joel has. He’s got peace and joy, and he seems content.’
  • When Christmas doesn’t fit your expectations of what the perfect holiday should be, think about how Joseph and Mary probably didn’t think that manger was the perfect place for their child to be born. but look at what a perfect Christmas that turned out to be.
  • If you start praising your wife, if you start telling her how beautiful she is, and how glad you are to have her in your life, when you talk about the good, you will draw out the good. If you talk about the negative, you’ll draw out the negative. It’s up to you.
  • I believe that God has put gifts and talents and ability on the inside of every one of us. When you develop that and you believe in yourself and you believe that you’re a person of influence and a person of purpose, I believe you can rise up out of any situation.
  • I’m for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it’s not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel is called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that’s God’s [message] for you. You can live a good life no matter what’s happened to you.
  • I don’t think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He’s given you… but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things… he’s not a small God; this God is incredible.
  • Understand that the enemy always fights the hardest when he knows you are closest to your breakthrough. He’d leave you alone if he thought you were going to live in mediocrity. If you keep pressing on toward your promise, through faith and patience, you will get there.
  • We have to realize that our lives could be gone in a moment. There are no guarantees that we will be here at this time next year. Learn to live each day to the fullest. Don’t complain. Don’t focus on what’s wrong. Be grateful for the opportunity to experience each day.
  • I DECLARE God is going before me making crooked places straight. He has already lined up the right people, the right opportunities and solutions to problems I haven’t had. No person, no sickness, no disappointment, can stop His plan. What he promised will come to pass.
  • Let’s start affecting our whole city, and maybe we can affect the whole nation, the whole world. I’d like to affect it with the fact that God is a good God and He’s on your side and He’s got a good plan for you and when you put your hand in His, great things can happen.
  • You must make a decision that you are going to move on. It wont happen automatically. You will have to rise up and say, òI don’t care how hard this is, I don’t care how disappointed I am, I’m not going to let this get the best of me. I’m moving on with my life.
  • For a while… to be an evangelical meant you were a white Republican, and you were against this and against that. I don’t want to be put into that mold, because then people judge you before they even listen… I don’t want to divide the very people I am trying to reach.
  • I do know this… I seem to reach a lot of previously unchurched people. So many people have told me they never went to church until they heard our message of hope that God is a good God who desires to bless those who are faithful and obedient to Him through Jesus Christ.
  • I believe that God’s dream is that we be successful in our careers, and that we be able to send our kids to college. I don’t mean that everyone is going to be rich, and I preach a lot on blooming where you’re planted. But I don’t have the mindset that money is a bad thing.
  • Bad habits are easy to develop but difficult to live with. Good habits are difficult to develop, but easy to live with. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for little while, so you can press past the initial pain of change, in the long run, your life will be much better.
  • You can make changes in your life and you can say, “I’m going to be a better parent next year than I am right now,” or, “I’m going to take an extra step in my career and not just be satisfied where I am.” So it has a lot to do with our will, but also we have to work as well.
  • I don’t really know what the prosperity gospel is. The way I define it is that I believe God wants you to prosper in your health, in your family, in your relationships, in your business, and in your career. So I do … if that is the prosperity gospel, then I do believe that.
  • We think when God speaks to us, there’s going to be a boom out of Heaven or we’re going to get some chill bumps, but I really believe God’s talking to us all the time. He’s talking to us right in here. I call it our heart, our conscience, but it’s the Holy Spirit talking to us.
  • The older I get, the better I understand that every day is a gift. There’s no guarantee of tomorrow. And part of my whole philosophy is: this day is too important to live it angry, upset, discouraged or stressed out if plans don’t work out. This is life, and I’m going to move on.
  • Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift. I think one of the most important things is starting off the day forgiving others and forgiving yourself. You learn from your mistakes, but I don’t think you have to drag them back into today.
  • I believe God wants you to have money to pay your bills, send your kids to college and do charity work and build orphanages. There’s the teaching that we’re supposed to be poor to show that we’re humble. I don’t buy that. I think we’re supposed to be leaders. We’re supposed to excel.
  • Any of us can be happy and have a good attitude when everything is going our way. But I believe it’s the real test of your character and of your faith to say, ‘Things are not going our way, but I’m still being good to people; I’m still attending church; I still have a good attitude.’
  • I think that God gives you your own will and choices. I don’t believe that we’re supposed to drag ourselves through life defeated and not see God’s blessings. But you have to make the right choices and follow that still, small voice within you. Because I think that’s how God leads us.
  • Maybe you once were excited about that person God supernaturally brought into your life as a marriage partner, but now all the excitement has worn off. Don’t’ allow that sense of a miracle to slip away. Don’t get so familiar with each other that you take one another for granted.
  • Isn’t it funny how babies laugh a lot? I read a toddler, a young child laughs 300 times a day. The average adult laughs, like, four times a day. God put it in them. He put the laugh in us, but I think sometimes we let life get us down, you know, have bad breaks, and we lose our breaks.
  • Your thoughts about your circumstances have you down. On the other hand, you can be in one of the biggest battles of your life, and still be filled with joy and peace and victory – if you simply learn how to choose the right thought. It’s time to think about what you’re thinking about.
  • It’s easy to get negative because you get beat down. You go through a few disappointments and it’s easy to stay in that negative frame of mind. Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is a whole cliche, but your attitude is going to determine how you’re going to live your life.
  • Every one of us has secret dreams and desires along with seeds of greatness implanted within us. You too have gifts to share with this world. There is buried treasure within you, waiting to be discovered. Your full potential has not been released yet. Your God-given divine destiny awaits you.
  • I DECLARE that God has a great plan for my life. He is directing my steps. And even though I may not always understand how, I know my situation is not a surprise to God. He will work out every detail to my advantage. In His perfect timing, everything will turn out right. This is my declaration.
  • You have to come to your closed doors before you get to your open doors… What if you knew you had to go through 32 closed doors before you got to your open door? Well, then you’d come to closed door number eight and you’d think, ‘Great, I got another one out of the way’… Keep moving forward.
  • Winning is in your DNA. The most high God breathed His life into you. You’ve got what it takes. This is your time. This is your moment. Shake off doubts, shake off fear and insecurity, and get ready for favor, get ready for increase, get ready for the fullness of your destiny. You can, you will!!
  • See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future.
  • You may think you’re getting the short end of the stick, but when it’s all said and done, God will make sure that you don’t lose anything truly valuable. Moreover, He’ll make sure you get your just reward. Your responsibility is to remain calm and peaceable even when those around you are not.
  • Yes, the Bible should be taught in our schools because it is necessary to understand the Bible if we are to truly understand our own culture and how it came to be. The Bible has influenced every part of western culture from our art, music, and history, to our sense of fairness, charity, and business.
  • I just think that it’s strong and it’s important that we recognize what the Christmas season is about; it’s about the birth of our Savior, and there’s a lot of pressure today to be politically correct ,but people are realizing, too, that you have to be open to express your faith what you want believe.
  • If you’re controlled by your circumstances, life is going to be a roller coaster with ups and downs. God wants you to be stable, consistent, not moved by any of these things. When you face an adversity, when you hit a tough time, one of the best things you can do is simply stay calm. Keep your peace.
  • Don’t ever criticize yourself. Don’t go around all day long thinking, ‘I’m unattractive, I’m slow, I’m not as smart as my brother.’ God wasn’t having a bad day when he made you… If you don’t love yourself in the right way, you can’t love your neighbour. You can’t be as good as you are supposed to be.
  • God has already done everything He’s going to do. The ball is now in your court. If you want success, if you want wisdom, if you want to be prosperous and healthy, you’re going to have to do more than meditate and believe; you must boldly declare words of faith and victory over yourself and your family.
  • Keep in mind, hurting people often hurt other people as a result of their own pain. If somebody is rude and inconsiderate, you can almost be certain that they have some unresolved issues inside. They have some major problems, anger, resentment, or some heartache they are trying to cope with or overcome.
  • Psalm 34 says, ‘Those who trust in the Lord will never lack any good thing.’ This means if you don’t have it right now, you don’t need it right now. Our attitude should be, ‘I’m equipped, empowered and anointed for this moment. I am not lacking, shortchanged or inadequate. I have what I need for today.’
  • I believe God’s keeping the records, and I believe you will be rewarded even in this life. Somehow, some way, God will make it up to you. It may be He protected you from an accident you never knew. You can’t give God something without God giving you more in return, whether it’s peace or joy or satisfaction.
  • We all have unfair situations and things we don’t like. You can get bitter, discouraged and sour, or you can see it as fertilizer and say, ú This difficulty is not going to defeat me; it’s going to promote me. It’s not going to hinder me; it’s going to help me.ù Don’t just go through it, grow through it.
  • In my early teens, I knew I wanted to do television production. I loved cameras, editing and producing, anything that had to do with television production. My friend had a production studio across town, and we’d go over there at night and shoot and edit. I produced my father’s televised service for 17 years.
  • Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year.
  • The bible says no man can take your joy. That means no person can make you live with a negative attitude. No circumstance, no adversity can force you to live in despair. As Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of wheelchair-bound President Franklin D. Roosevelt, often said, òNo one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
  • Many people are unhappy and are not experiencing life to its fullest because they’ve closed their hearts to compassion, they are motivated by only what they want and what they think they need. They rarely do anything for anybody else unless they have an ulterior goal in mind. They are self-involved and self-centered.
  • Maybe you’ve invested a lot of time, effort, money, emotion, and energy in a relationship; you did your best to make it work out. But for some reason, things got off course. And now you feel as though you have been robbed. When we focus on or disappointments, we stop God from ringing fresh new blessing into our lives.
  • You must forgive the people who hurt you so you can get out of prison. You’ll never be free until you do. Let go of hose wrongs they’ve done to you. Get that bitterness out of your life. That’s the only way you’re going to truly be free. You will be amazed at what can happen in your life when you release all that poison.
  • There’s pros and cons of a big church. Cons is I don’t get to know everybody, I don’t get to go to their ballgame, I don’t get to marry everybody, but the pros are you get all this community, 800 ushers come in to serve, getting there at 7 in the morning on their day off and coming in on Saturday to make all those wafers.
  • Any of us can be happy and have a good attitude when everything is going our way. But I believe it’s the real test of your character and of your faith to say, things are not going our way, but I’m still being good to people; I’m still attending church; I still have a good attitude. I think that’s how you pass those tests.
  • We never like to miss an opportunity to make Jesus the Lord of our life. That’s why I never like to have a service without giving an invitation or writing a book, without giving an invitation and presenting that truth. I believe this is the whole key to living your best life, living a fulfilled life or becoming a better you.
  • Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence. Your challenges may become your greatest assets.
  • You may be sitting around waiting for God to change your circumstances. Then you’re going to be happy, then your’re going to have a good attitude, then you’re going to give God praise. But God is waiting on you to get up on the inside. When you do your part, He’ll begin to change things and work supernaturally in your life.
  • Quit worrying about how everything is going to turn out. Live one day at a time; better yet, make the most of this moment. It’s good to have a big picture outlook, to set goals, to establish budgets and make plans, but if you’re always living in the future, you’re never really enjoying the present in the way God wants you to.
  • Your circumstances will line up with your words. … Words are like seeds, they have creative power. … The more you talk about it the more you call it in. … Your words will give life to what you are saying. … You can change your world by simply changing your words. … You can use your words to bless your life or curse your life.
  • If you’re not seeing God move in your life right now, one of two possibilities must be considered. Either your requests are not God’s best and will probably not be answered the way you’d like or it must not be the right time. If God were to answer that prayer the way you are hoping, it could interfere with his ideal plan for you.
  • I DECLARE I am special and extraordinary. I am not average! I have been custom-made. I am one of a kind. Of all the things God created, what He is the most proud of is me. I am His masterpiece, his most prized possession. I will keep my head held high, knowing I am a child of the most high God, made in his very image. This is my declaration.
  • Men, learn to speak blessings over your wife and you will see that woman rise to a new level. She will respond to your praise and encouragement. Your words don’t have to be poetic, fancy, or profound. Tell her simply but sincerely, “You’re a great mother to our children. And you are a great wife to me. I’m so glad I can always count on you.”
  • So many people say, “I just don’t have a good job, or my marriage is not where it’s supposed to be.” Really it’s excuse after excuse to not be happy. To me it’s a waste. I’m going to look at what’s right and not what’s wrong in my life. I’m alive, I’m healthy, and you know, a good thing to remember is somebody’s got it a lot worse than we do.
  • When you honor God, the storms may come, but you have a promise that others don’t have: When it’s all said and done, you’ll still be standing. You may suffer a setback, but don’t get discouraged. If you’ll stay in faith, God promises that when the smoke clears, when the dust settles, you won’t be the victim, you’ll be the victor.
  • I do think that religion has turned a lot of people off. Part of it is because it was all about the rules and was political. I think now people have a hunger for God, they want to have a relationship, but they don’t want to be called religious. I’m not trying to get them to join my religion, I’m just trying to plant a seed of hope in their heart.
  • I preach that anybody can improve their lives. I think God wants us to be prosperous. I think he wants us to be happy. To me, you need to have money to pay your bills. I think God wants us to send our kids to college. I think he wants us to be a blessing to other people. But I don’t think I’d say God wants us to be rich. It’s all relative, isn’t it?
  • I was reading in the Bible and one translation says that Jesus said that if you publicly will acknowledge me before people, I will acknowledge you before my Father in heaven. So that is a big part of these meetings like Night of Hope, giving people an opportunity to publicly say, “Jesus, I believe you are the messiah, you’re Christ, you’re my Lord.”
  • The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. If you think it is permanent then it’s permanent. If you think you’ve reached your limits then you have. If you think you will never get well then you won’t. You have to change your thinking. You need to see everything that’s holding you back, every obstacle, every limitation as only temporary.
  • The truth is we all get tired, we all get weary. In fact, if you never feel like giving up, then your dreams are too small. If you never feel like quitting, then you need to set some larger goals. When that pressure comes to get discouraged and to think about how you can’t take it anymore, that is completely normal. Every person feels that way at times.
  • That’s why it is important to enjoy the journey not just the destination. In this world, we will never arrive at a place where everything is perfect and we have no more challenges. As admirable as setting goals and reaching them maybe, you can’t get so focused on accomplishing your goals that you make the mistake of not enjoying where you are right now.
  • If you know you have to wait anyway, why not make a decision to enjoy your life while you’re waiting? Why not be happy while God is in the process of changing things? After all, there’s nothing we can really do to make it happen any faster. We might as well relax and enjoy our lives, knowing that at the appointed time God is going to bring his plan to pass.
  • There is always times where you feel discouraged and things coming against you, but I don’t know if I ever wanted to throw in the towel. I think one of the most difficult things is every Sunday I am up there ministering, and so you have to have a fresh word, you have to be practical, you need to keep people’s attention and so that comes around every seven days.
  • Part of my message is that God never said that we weren’t going to have difficulties, but you know what, He said to stay full of joy and I’m going to help you overcome. So I think that is what resonates with people and helps draw so many people. Because it is not a message that you are barely going to make it, you’re a victim. We are not victims, we are victors.
  • John Bunyan, author of the classic book the Pilgrim’s Progress, said úYou have not lived today until you have done something for someone who cannot pay you back.ù Make a decision that you will live to give. Be on the lookout each day for somebody you can bless. Don’t’ live for yourself; learn to give yourself away, and your life will make a difference.
  • I don’t believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college. When I hear some of that, I think that is not who I am, he doesn’t know me or what I teach. I always talk about God rewards obedience. When you follow His way, the Bible says that His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.
  • If prosperity means God wants us to be blessed and healthy and have good relationships then yes, I’m a prosperity teacher. But if it’s about money, no, I never preach about money. I probably stay away from it more than normal because televangelists get a bad name. People put me in that category because I do believe that God does want us to be happy, healthy, and whole.
  • Choose today to let the peace of Christ rule in your heart and have an attitude of gratitude toward the Lord. Even if you have things that are upsetting you, take a step of faith and begin to thank God for His goodness in your life. Thank Him for working behind the scenes on your behalf. As you do, you will walk forward into the life of blessing He has in store for you!
  • Buying a share of a good business is better than buying a share of a bad business. One way to do this is to purchase a business that can invest its own money at high rates of return rather than purchasing a business that can only invest at lower ones. In other words, businesses that earn a high return on capital are better than businesses that earn a low return on capital.
  • God never promised that we wouldn’t have challenges. In fact, He said just the opposite. His word says, òBe truly glad!…these trials are only to test your faith, to see whether or not it is strong and pure¶’ so if your faith remains strong after being tried in the test tube of fiery trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day of His return.
  • When you are tempted to get discouraged, remind yourself that according to God’s word, your future is getting brighter; you are on your way to a new level of glory. You may think you’ve got a long way to go, but you need to look back at how far you’ve already come. You may not be everything you want to be but atleast you can thank God that you’re not what you used to be.
  • The sad truth is, if you push hard enough, and if you’re so stubborn that you must have things your way, God will sometimes allow you to undertake a project without His blessing or at the wrong time. The problem with that, of course, is when you start something in your own strength and in your own timing, you’re going to have to finish it and maintain it in your own strength.
  • The Bible talks about how God uses difficult situations to develop our character and get us stronger. The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends. But out of that darkness, out of that disappointment in my life, that’s what God used to push me into another level of victory or another level of ministry that I never knew I had.
  • You have to learn to follow your heart. You can’t let other people pressure you into being something that you’re not. If you want God’s favor in your life, you must be the person He made you to be, not the person your boss wants you to be, not even the person your parents or your husband wants you to be. You can’t let outside expectations keep you from following your own heart.
  • I think the people already know what they’re doing wrong, and I certainly believe in Hell. But to me, when I see thousands of people before me, it just doesn’t come out of me to say, ‘You guys are terrible, and you’re going to Hell.’ I’d rather say that God is a God of mercy. You’ve got to live an obedient life, but for every mistake you’ve made, there’s mercy there, and I believe we can do better.
  • It’s not always easy to get over some of those bumps in the road, those disillusionments and disappointments. It’s going to take a strong will. Sometimes, it may take courage. Sometimes nothing but faith in God and say, I refuse to be trapped in the past. I’m not going to let the past destroy my future. I’m pressing on. I’m straining forward, knowing that God has great things in store for me.
  • If you feel “stuck” today, you may want to examine what you’re holding on to. Be willing let go of past disappointments by choosing forgiveness. Who hurt you? Who wronged you? Release it to God. Do you need to forgive yourself? Do you need to receive God’s forgiveness? Let go of the past so you can overcome disappointments and experience the bright future God has in store for you! There is freedom in forgetting!
  • You may be at a crossroads in your life. You may have issues to deal with; people you need to forgive. You can go one of the two ways. You can ignore what you now know to be true and keep burying that bitterness in your life, pushing it deeper and allowing it to poison and contaminate you and those around you. Or you can make a much better choice by getting it out in the open and asking God to help you to totally forgive and let it all go.
  • Life is too short to live that way. Learn to travel light. Every morning when you first get up, forgive the people that did you wrong the day before. Forgive your spouse for what they said. At the start of the day, let go of the disappointments, the set backs from yesterday. Start every morning fresh and new. God did not create you to carry around all that baggage. Let it go and move forward in the life of blessing He has in store for you!
  • Forgiveness doesn’t mean that what that person did was right or that you even have to get back into a relationship with that person. Forgiveness simply releases the debt they owe you so that God can release the debt you owe Him. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you if there is any unforgiveness blocking His blessing in your life. Ask Him to show you more about this gift of forgiveness so that you can walk in the freedom and victory He has for you today.
  • The Bible indicates that for three days, Jesus went into the very depths of hell. Right into the enemy’s own territory. And He did battle with Satan face to face. Can you imagine what a show down that was? It was good vs. evil. Right vs. wrong. Holiness vs. filth. Here are the two most powerful forces in the universe have come together to do battle for the first time in history. But thank God. The Bible says, “Satan was no match for our Champion”. This was no contest.
  • It is a hard thing to let go of mistakes we’ve made and sins. God wants us to do that because He knows the guilt and the condemnation will keep us from becoming who He has created us to be. Salvation and Christ’s love is a gift. You don’t earn it. You’ve got to receive that gift. I think one of the most important things is starting off the day forgiving others and forgiving yourself. You learn from your mistakes, but I don’t think you have to drag them back into today.
  • When you go through difficult times, make sure you pass the test. Don’t be stubborn and hardheaded. Recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges. Stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. God has called each of us to be champions; you are destined to win. If you will work with God and keep a good attitude, then no matter what comes against you, the bible says that all things not just the good things in life, but all things work together for your good.
  • We keep a lot of humor and laughter in the home. A lot of times these days, people let the stress of life take the joy from the home. When you can laugh and you can have joy, that’s very healthy. Victoria is easy going. She’s very spontaneous and fun. I can hear her laughter all through the house. It sets the tone for the house. I like someone who can laugh. The second thing is respect. We just do our best. We don’t always agree with each other but we make the decision that we want to treat each other with respect.
  • The great news is that God knows everything about you, both good and bad, and He still loves you and values you unconditionally. God does not always approve of our behavior. He is not pleased when we go against his will, and when we do, we always suffer the consequences and have to work with Him to correct our thoughts, words, actions, or attitudes. And while you should work to improve in the areas where you fall short, nothing you do will ever cause God to love you less¶or more. His love is a constant you can depend on.

 

Henry Ward Beecher (quotes)

  • Discover what you are.
  • Never excuse yourself.
  • Now comes the mystery.
  • Mirth is God’s medicine.
  • Sorrow makes men sincere.
  • Truthfulness is godliness.
  • God’s glory is His goodness.
  • A babe is a mother’s anchor.
  • The dog is the god of frolic.
  • Storms purify the atmosphere.
  • The tree is but a huge boquet.
  • Love is the wine of existence.
  • True obedience is true freedom.
  • Love is more just than justice.
  • It takes a man to make a devil.
  • The things that hurt us teach us.
  • Love is the world’s river of life
  • Ignorance is the womb of monsters.
  • A dull ax never loves grindstones.
  • Men can make an idol of the Bible.
  • Faith is spiritualized imagination.
  • Experience is the mother of custom.
  • All words are pegs to hang ideas on.
  • A man that is afraid is never a man.
  • A bird in a cage is not half a bird.
  • A church debt is the devil’s salary.
  • Good-humor makes all things tolerable
  • Sophistry is the fallacy of argument.
  • Religion is using everything for God.
  • Work is not a curse, but drudgery is.
  • THERE are joys which long to be ours.
  • Suffering is part of the divine idea.
  • Cant is the twin sister of hypocrisy.
  • Fear is the soul’s signal for rallying.
  • Liberty is the soul’s right to breathe.
  • The beginning is the promise of the end.
  • Some people are proud of their humility.
  • Love is the river of life in this world.
  • Life is a plant that grows out of death.
  • Let every man come to God in his own way.
  • Death is not an end. It is a new impulse.
  • Watch lest prosperity destroy generosity.
  • Repentance is another name for aspiration.
  • Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
  • No matter who reigns, the merchant reigns.
  • There is an army of waiters in this world.
  • The most dangerous people are the ignorant.
  • Think of a man in a chronic state of anger!
  • Nobody ever sees truth except in fragments.
  • We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God’s.
  • No man is more cheated than the selfish man.
  • The meanest thing in the world is the devil.
  • Customs represent the experience of mankind.
  • A woman’s pity often opens the door to love.
  • The God of the Bible is a moral monstrosity.
  • Life is full of amusement to an amusing man.
  • The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.
  • A man never has good luck who has a bad wife.
  • Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
  • Theology is a science of mind applied to God.
  • Good nature is often a mere matter of health.
  • God sends experience to paint men’s portraits.
  • All true religion must stand on true morality.
  • The world is God’s workshop for making men in.
  • A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it.
  • Happiness is not the end of life: character is.
  • The mystery of history is an insoluble problem.
  • The ignorant classes are the dangerous classes.
  • God’s providence is on the side of clear heads.
  • It’s not work that kills [people], it is worry.
  • A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.
  • Nature is a vast repository of manly enjoyments.
  • The truest self-respect is not to think of self.
  • The one great poem of New England is her Sunday.
  • Leaves die, but trees do not. They only undress.
  • Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
  • We need not fear shipwreck when God is the pilot.
  • Don’t look where you fall, but where you slipped.
  • Self-contemplation is apt to end in self-conceit.
  • There is nothing which vanity does not desecrate.
  • A man who does not love praise is not a full man.
  • God never made anything else so beautiful as man.
  • Each book has a secret history of ways and means.
  • Trouble teaches men how much there is in manhood.
  • Titles are too “thin” for the nineteenth century.
  • Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
  • No grace can save any man unless he helps himself.
  • Too much looking backward … is bad for progress.
  • Ambition is the way in which a vulgar man aspires.
  • All work and no plagiarism makes for dull sermons!
  • Despondency is ingratitude; hope is God’s worship.
  • Maple-trees are the cows of trees (spring-milked).
  • Love without faith is as bad as faith without love.
  • The indolent mind is not empty, but full of vermin.
  • Men have a thousand desires to a bushel of choices.
  • God’s grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.
  • Someone calls biography the home aspect of history.
  • The strong are God’s natural protectors of the weak.
  • Beauty may be said to be God’s trademark in creation.
  • I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.
  • They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation.
  • Genius is a steed too fiery for the plow or the cart.
  • Men must read for amusement as well as for knowledge.
  • We cannot have right virtue without right conditions.
  • Everyone has influence, for good or bad, upon others.
  • He that lives by the sight of the eye may grow blind.
  • I never know how to worship until I know how to love.
  • Newspapers are the schoolmasters of the common people.
  • Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
  • Defeat is a school in which truth always grows strong.
  • Suffering well borne is better than suffering removed.
  • Of all escape mechanisms, death is the most efficient.
  • The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.
  • Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
  • The greatest architect and the one most needed is hope.
  • Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven.
  • Books are the windows through which the soul looks out.
  • The monkey is an organized sarcasm upon the human race.
  • That endless book, the newspaper, is our national glory.
  • A man has no more religion than he acts out in his life.
  • Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
  • Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.
  • Fear secretes acids; but love and trust are sweet juices.
  • A cunning man overreaches no one half as much as himself.
  • Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.
  • Riches are not an end of life, but an instrument of life.
  • We are never ripe till we have been made so by suffering.
  • Home should be the center of joy, equatorial and tropical.
  • It is not well for a man to pray cream and live skim milk.
  • God bless the good-natured, for they bless everybody else.
  • The elect, those who will; the non-elect, those who won’t.
  • Truths are first clouds; then rain, then harvest and food.
  • We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.
  • What the heart has once owned and had, it shall never lose.
  • Selfishness at the expense of others happiness is demonism.
  • Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
  • A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
  • There is not a single heart but has its moments of longing.
  • Well-married, a man is winged: ill-matched, he is shackled.
  • Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.
  • To be a Christian is to obey Christ no matter how you feel.
  • God is the one great employer, thinker, planner, supervisor.
  • The word of God tends to make large-minded noble-minded men.
  • Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.
  • A library is not a luxury but one of the necessities of life.
  • Ones best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
  • Pain is God’s midwife, that helps some virtue into existence.
  • Men will let you abuse them if only you will make them laugh.
  • That is the best baptism that leaves the man cleanest inside.
  • Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.
  • Scepticism is a barren coast, without a harbor or lighthouse.
  • No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes.
  • Expedients are for the hour, but principles are for the ages.
  • What I spent, I had; What I kept, I lost; What I gave, I have.
  • True elegance becomes the more so as it approaches simplicity.
  • The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is government.
  • The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
  • Good-nature is one of the richest fruits of true Christianity.
  • It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature.
  • Nothing can be further apart than true humility and servility.
  • Death is the dropping of the flower, that the fruit may swell.
  • Christ certainly did come to destroy the law and the prophets.
  • Religion would save a man; Christ would make him worth saving.
  • Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.
  • A man without a vote is in this land like a man without a hand.
  • Pushing any truth out very far, you are met by a counter-truth.
  • Flattery is praise insincerely given for an interested purpose.
  • Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man’s head.
  • God appoints our graces to be nurses to other men’s weaknesses.
  • Most of the debts of Europe represent condensed drops of blood.
  • Downright admonition, as a rule, is too blunt for the recipient.
  • Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.
  • Next to ingratitude the most painful thing to bear is gratitude.
  • To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
  • We may cover a multitude of sins with the white robe of charity.
  • The fear of doing right is the grand treason in times of danger.
  • Our best successes often come after our greatest disappointments.
  • There is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.
  • Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.
  • Heaven will be inherited by every man who has heaven in his soul.
  • Death? Translated into the heavenly tongue, that word means life!
  • What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages.
  • No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.
  • Riches without law are more dangerous than is poverty without law
  • The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.
  • Faith is a recognition of those things which are above the senses.
  • Reason can tell how love affects us, but cannot tell what love is.
  • Laws are not masters but servants, and he rules them who obey them.
  • It will not do to be saints at meeting and sinners everywhere else.
  • God is a being who gives everything but punishment in over measure.
  • Going out into life–that is dying. Christ is the door out of life.
  • There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure.
  • The poor man with industry is happier than the rich man in idleness.
  • Sharp men, like sharp needles, break easy, though they pierce quick.
  • There is always work, and tools to work withal, for those, who will.
  • A library is but the soul’s burying ground. It is a land of shadows.
  • There are materials enough in every man’s mind to make a hell there.
  • The thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings.
  • Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.
  • When men enter into the state of marriage, they stand nearest to God.
  • It is not merely cruelty that leads men to love war, it is excitement.
  • A man that does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good.
  • Conscience is the frame of character, and love is the covering for it.
  • No man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.
  • What a mother sings to the cradle goes all the way down to the coffin.
  • Women are a new race, recreated since the world received Christianity.
  • The soul is often hungrier than the body and no shop can sell it food.
  • There is no true and abiding morality that is not founded in religion.
  • Flowers may beckon todwards us, but they speak todward heaven and God.
  • Blessed are they who know how to shine on one’s gloom with their cheer.
  • It is not in the nature of true greatness to be exclusive and arrogant.
  • There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child.
  • Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort.
  • God is like us to this extent, that whatever in us is good is like God.
  • A traitor is good fruit to hang from the boughs of the tree of liberty.
  • A man has a right to picture God according to his need, whatever it be.
  • Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
  • The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
  • Our life is but a new form of the way men have lived from the beginning.
  • Anger is a bow that will shoot sometimes where another feeling will not.
  • Religion is the fruit of the Spirit, a Christian character, a true life.
  • A cobweb is as good as the mightiest cable when there is strain upon it.
  • There is nothing that a New-Englander so nearly worships as an argument.
  • It is a man dying with his harness on that angels love to escort upward.
  • Joy is more divine than sorrow, for joy is bread and sorrow is medicine.
  • He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
  • It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Worry is rust upon the blade.
  • The bibliophile is the master of his books, the bibliomaniac their slave.
  • Everyone has conscience enough to hate; few have religion enough to love.
  • The pen is the tongue of the hand; a silent utterer of words for the eye.
  • The religion that fosters intolerance needs another Christ to die for it.
  • We never know the love of the parent for the child till we become parents.
  • We are but a point, a single comma, and God is the literature of eternity.
  • No emotion, any more than a wave, can long retain its own individual form.
  • To array a man’s will against his sickness is the supreme art of medicine.
  • We are always on the anvil; by trials God is shaping us for higher things.
  • A law is valuable not because it is law, but because there is right in it.
  • The highest order that was ever instituted on earth is the order of faith.
  • Heaven is a place of restless activity, the abode of never-tiring thought.
  • We ought to be ten times as hungry for knowledge as for food for the body.
  • The mischiefs of anarchy have been equaled by the mischiefs of government.
  • It is for men to choose whether they will govern themselves or be governed.
  • The human soul is God’s treasury, out of which he coins unspeakable riches.
  • Nowhere on the globe do men live so well as in America, or grumble so much.
  • The head learns new things, but the heart forever practices old experiences.
  • Education is only like good culture,–it changes the size, but not the sort.
  • Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
  • There is nothing that makes more cowards and feeble men than public opinion.
  • Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it.
  • The tidal wave of God’s providence is carrying liberty throughout the globe.
  • Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God’s refinement.
  • Walking humbly, you are more of a man than you were when you walked proudly.
  • Men are like trees: each one must put forth the leaf that is created in him.
  • God plants no yearning in the human soul that he does not intend to satisfy.
  • That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.
  • When a nation’s young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.
  • No man can tell another his faults so as to benefit him, unless he loves him.
  • It takes longer for man to find out man than any other creature that is made.
  • That state of mind in which a man is impressed with invisible things is faith.
  • Take from the Bible the Godship of Christ, and it would be but a heap of dust.
  • Love is the medicine of all moral evil. By it the world is to be cured of sin.
  • Public sentiment is to public officers what water is to the wheel of the mill.
  • Though a man declares himself an atheist, it in no way alters his obligations.
  • The babe at first feeds upon the mother’s bosom, but it is always on her heart.
  • A man without ambition is worse than dough that has no yeast in it to raise it.
  • Spreading Christianity abroad is sometimes an excuse for not having it at home.
  • Genius unexerted is no more genius than a bushel of acorns is a forest of oaks.
  • Love is ownership. We own whom we love. The universe is God’s because He loves.
  • No church can be prospered in which all the ministration comes from the pulpit.
  • God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgiveness.
  • It’s easier to go down a hill than up it but the view is much better at the top.
  • The cynic puts all human actions into two classes – openly bad and secretly bad.
  • Death is the Christian’s vacation morning. School is out. It is time to go home.
  • Mountains of gold would not seduce some men, yet flattery would break them down.
  • Reading is a dissuasion from immorality. Reading stands in the place of company.
  • The more sincere we are in our belief, as a rule, the less demonstrative we are.
  • Many yet are the secret truths of God which will be unfolded as they are needed.
  • Adversity is the mint in which God stamps upon man his image and superscription.
  • Like a bird she seems to wear gay plumage unconsciously, as if it grew upon her.
  • The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
  • In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.
  • Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.
  • The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
  • Your greatest pleasure is that which rebounds from hearts that you have made glad.
  • This world is magnificent for strangers and pilgrims, but miserable for residents.
  • Human life is God’s outer church. Its needs and urgencies are priests and pastors.
  • A man without ambition is like a beautiful worm – it can creep, but it cannot fly.
  • God wishes to exhaust all means of kindness before His hand takes hold on justice.
  • Sorrow is Mount Sinai. If one will, one may go up and talk with God, face to face.
  • The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.
  • The real man is one who always finds excuses for others, but never excuses himself.
  • Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page
  • A man without self-restraint is like a barrel without hoops, and tumbles to pieces.
  • Christianity is simply the ideal form of manhood represented to us by Jesus Christ.
  • It is defeat that turns bone to flint, gristle to muscle, and makes men invincible.
  • Whoever makes home seem to the young dearer and more happy, is a public benefactor.
  • Every man is full of music; but it is not every man that knows how to bring it out.
  • No grief has a right to immortality. That ground belongs to joy, to hope, to faith.
  • The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
  • Do not give, as many rich men do, like a hen that lays her eggs …and then cackles.
  • In friendship your heart is like a bell struck every time your friend is in trouble.
  • If there be any one whose power is in beauty, in purity, in goodness, it is a woman.
  • There is no faculty of the human soul so persistent and universal as that of hatred.
  • He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.
  • May we be satisfied with nothing that shall not have in it something of immortality.
  • We only see in a lifetime a dozen faces marked with the peace of a contented spirit.
  • The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.
  • The last person one wants to be is themselves. Sadly, that is the best person to be.
  • The rarest feeling that ever lights a human face is the contentment of a loving soul.
  • Wherever you have seen God pass, mark that spot, and go and sit in that window again.
  • He is greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
  • There are many persons who look on Sunday as a sponge to wipe out the sins of the week
  • The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.
  • The most efficacious secular book that ever was published in America is the newspaper.
  • Men judge of Christians by taking as fair samples those that lie rotten on the ground.
  • Every man should keep a fair-sized cemetery in which to bury the faults of his friends.
  • Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them.
  • In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
  • Nothing is orderly till man takes hold of it. Everything in creation lies around loose.
  • The strength of a man consists in finding out the way God is going, and going that way.
  • Where all of the man is what property he owns, it does not take long to annihilate him.
  • Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
  • All the wide world is but the husbandry of God for the development of the one fruit-man.
  • Troubles loom up big when they’re ahead, And joys seem always sweeter when they’re past.
  • You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.
  • Find out what your temptations are, and you will find out largely what you are yourself.
  • No man rides so high and in such good company as the man that allies himself to a truth.
  • No man is good for anything who has not some particle of obstinacy to use upon occasion.
  • God makes the life fertile by disappointments, as he makes the ground fertile by frosts.
  • There is no such thing as white lies; a lie is as black as a coalpit, and twice as foul.
  • Nothing goes far which has not the wings of love to make it buoyant, so that it can fly.
  • Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
  • I think you might dispense with half your doctors if you would only consult Dr. Sun more.
  • To the covetous man life is a nightmare, and God lets him wrestle with it as best he may.
  • If men had wings and bore black feathers, Few of them would be clever enough to be crows.
  • Many a man has been dined out of his religion, and his politics, and his manhood, almost.
  • Why is not a rat as good as a rabbit? Why should men eat shrimps and neglect cockroaches?
  • The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.
  • No one can deal with the hearts of men unless he has the sympathy which is given by love.
  • There never was a liar that had not a spot in him where he could not help admiring truth.
  • A thoughtful mind, when it sees a nation’s flag, sees not the flag, but the nation itself.
  • If a man cannot be a Christian in the place where he is, he cannot be a Christian anywhere.
  • All the sobriety which’ religion needs or requires is that which real earnestness produces.
  • No man ever learned to love God with all his heart, and his neighbour as himself, in a day.
  • A mother’s prayers, silent and gentle, can never miss the road to the throne of all bounty.
  • The worst prison is not of stone. It is of a throbbing heart, outraged by an infamous life.
  • Learning, to be of much use, must have a tendency to spread itself among the common people.
  • There is no harder shield for the devil to pierce with temptation than singing with prayer.
  • You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.
  • Even a liar tells a hundred truths to one lie; he has to, to make the lie good for anything.
  • It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.
  • Men are not put into this world to be everlastingly played on by the harping fingers of joy.
  • The great lever by which to raise and save the world is the unbounded love and mercy of God.
  • Reason is a permanent blessing of God to the soul. Without it there can be no large religion.
  • Our earthly loves are but so many silver steps leading us up to the great golden love of God.
  • Half the spiritual difficulties that men and women suffer arise from a morbid state of health.
  • Many people are afraid to embrace religion, for fear they shall not succeed in maintaining it.
  • Repentance is the turning of the soul from the way of midnight to the point of the coming sun.
  • He is the happiest man who is engaged in a business which tasks the most faculties of his mind.
  • The commerce of the world is conducted by the strong, and usually it operates against the weak.
  • Next to victory, there is nothing so sweet as defeat, if only the right adversary overcomes you.
  • Everything that happens in this world is a part of a great plan of God running through all time.
  • Were one to ask me in which direction I think man strongest, I should say, his capacity to hate.
  • He that would look with contempt on the pursuits of the farmer, is not worthy the name of a man.
  • Good men are not those who now and then do a good act, but men who join one good act to another.
  • None love to speak so much, when the mood of speaking comes, as they who are naturally taciturn.
  • Wealth in activity–capital with all its friction–is far safer than invested wealth lying dead.
  • There was never a person who did anything worth doing that he did not receive more than he gave.
  • Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
  • The moment an ill can be patiently handled, it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
  • When a church is faithless to its duties, the real church is outside its walls, in the community.
  • Morality must always precede and accompany religion, and yet religion is much more than morality.
  • Mirth is the sweet wine of human life. It should be offered sparkling with zestful life unto God.
  • Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next.
  • ‚ÄúI can forgive, but I cannot forget,‚Äù is only another way of saying, ‚ÄúI will not forgive.‚Äù
  • Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
  • Clothes and manners do not make the man; but when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
  • It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.
  • Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.
  • The most miserable pettifogging in the world is that of a man in the court of his own consciences.
  • God’s men are better than the devil’s men, and they ought to act as though they thought they were.
  • When a man can look upon the simple wild-rose, and feel no pleasure, his taste has been corrupted.
  • The world is to be cleaned by somebody, and you are not called of God if you are ashamed to scrub.
  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
  • Do not be afraid of defeat. You are never so near victory as when you are defeated in a good cause.
  • Laugh at your friends, And if your friends are sore; So much the better, You may laugh the more.
  • The church is no more religion than the masonry of the aqueduct is the water that flows through it.
  • No people are so easy to govern as the intelligent, and none are so hard to govern as the ignorant.
  • The reason that men are so slow to confess their vices is because they have not yet abandoned them.
  • A reputation for good judgment, for fair dealing, for truth, and for rectitude, is itself a fortune.
  • Sorrows are gardeners: they plant flowers along waste places, and teach vines to cover barren heaps.
  • Christians should be like a flower store: the odor of sanctity should betray them wherever they are.
  • No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils.
  • Let the GRATEFUL HEART sweep through the day that it may recognize in every hour some sweet blessing.
  • If there’s a job to be done, I always ask the busiest man in my parish to take it on and it gets done.
  • It is a very good world for the purposes for which it was built; and that is all anything is good for.
  • Religion, in one sense, is a life of self-denial, just as husbandry, in one sense, is a work of death.
  • A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a mentor, a teacher, a guidepost, a counsellor.
  • The hunger of the eye is not to be despised; and they are to be pitied who have starvation of the eye.
  • October is the opal month of the year. It is the month of glory, of ripeness. It is the picture-month.
  • Selfishness is that detestable vice which no one will forgive in others, and no one is without himself.
  • People of too much sentiment are like fountains, whose overflow keeps a disagreeable puddle about them.
  • Precise knowledge is the only true knowledge, and he who does not teach exactly, does not teach at all.
  • To do good work a man should no doubt be industrious. To do great work he must certainly be idle a well.
  • A gamester, as such, is the cool, calculating, essential spirit of concentrated, avaricious selfishness.
  • God puts the excess of hope in one man, in order that it may be a medicine to the man who is despondent.
  • By religion I mean perfected manhood,–the quickening of the soul by the influence of the Divine Spirit.
  • What place is so rugged and so homely that there is no beauty; if you only have a sensibility to beauty?
  • The methods by which men have met and conquered trouble, or been slain by it, are the same in every age.
  • We under no circumstances know the appreciate of your parent till we develop into dad and mom ourselves.
  • Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.
  • Success is full of promise till one gets it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.
  • One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, “Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore.
  • There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world–a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills.
  • Religion is only another word for the right use of a man’s whole self, instead of a wrong use of himself.
  • That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterwards makes him a manager of life.
  • The diameter of each day is measured by the stretch of thought – not by the rising and setting of the sun.
  • Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor, to the persons who possess it.
  • Liberty is the soul’s right to breathe and, when it cannot take a long breath, laws are girdled too tight.
  • The Divine mind does not think for us, or inspite of us, but works in us to think, and to will, and to do.
  • A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
  • Intelligence increases mere physical ability one half. The use of the head abridges the labor of the hands.
  • Victories that come cheap are cheap. Those only are worth having which come as the result of hard fighting.
  • Not that which men do worthily, but that which they do successfully, is what history makes haste to record.
  • The Bible stands alone in human literature in its elevated conception of manhood, in character and conduct.
  • The law is a battery, which protects all that is behind it, but sweeps with destruction all that is outside.
  • Every young man would do well to remember that all successful business stands on the foundation of morality.
  • Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight.
  • Weak minds may be injured by novel-reading; but sensible people find both amusement and instruction therein.
  • Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man’s substance with invisible teeth.
  • Of all joyful, smiling, ever-laughing experiences, there are none like those which spring from true religion.
  • Nothing can be more airy and beautiful than the transparent seed-globe-a fairy dome of splendid architecture.
  • A door that seems to stand open must be of a man’s size, or it is not the door that providence means for him.
  • What could make me love my fellow Christian better than to see that God loves us all as we were all one soul?
  • See to it that each hour’s feelings, and thoughts, and actions are pure and true; then will your life be such.
  • God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how.
  • Morality is good, and is accepted of God, as far as it goes; but the difficulty is, it does not go far enough.
  • The superfluous blossoms on a fruit tree are meant to symbolize the large way God loves to do pleasant things.
  • To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.
  • We go to the grave of a friend saying, “A man is dead,” but angels throng about him saying, “A man is born.”
  • God has made sleep to be a sponge by which to rub out fatigue. A man’s roots are planted in night as in a soil.
  • Some people are so dry that you might soak them in a joke for a month and it would not get through their skins.
  • All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of Him but in broken and imperfect words.
  • Our sweetest experiences of affection are meant to be suggestions of that realm which is the home of the heart.
  • Gambling with cards or dice or stocks is all one thing. It’s getting money without giving an equivalent for it.
  • Difficulties are God’s errands; and when we are sent upon them, we should esteem it a proof of God’s confidence.
  • If you want your neighbor to know what Christ will do for him, let the neighbor see what Christ has done for you.
  • There is no slave out of heaven like a loving woman; and of all loving women, there is no such slave as a mother.
  • Love is God’s loaf; and this is that feeding for which we are taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”
  • There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them – the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
  • There are sorrows that are not painful, but are of the nature of some acids, and give piquancy and flavor to life.
  • The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
  • When there is love in the heart, there are rainbows in the eyes, which cover every black cloud with gorgeous hues.
  • You are not called to be a canary in a cage. You are called to be an eagle, and to fly sun to sun, over continents.
  • Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.
  • You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.
  • Flowers are sent to do God’s work in unrevealed paths, and to diffuse influence by channels that we hardly suspect.
  • Mirthfulness is in the mind and you cannot get it out. It is just as good in its place as conscience or veneration.
  • Anxiety in human life is what squeaking and grinding are in machinery that is not oiled. In life, trust is the oil.
  • A man that has lost moral sense is like a man in battle with both of his legs shot off: he has nothing to stand on.
  • Nowhere else can one find so miscellaneous, so various, an amount of knowledge as is contained in a good newspaper.
  • Law represents the effort of man to organize society; governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
  • A little library, growing every year, is an honorable part of a man’s history. It is a man’s duty to have books.
  • Men go shopping just as men go out fishing or hunting, to see how large a fish may be caught with the smallest hook.
  • Some men are like pyramids, which are very broad where they touch the ground, but grow narrow as they reach the sky.
  • Tyrannies are overthrown by ideas. Armies are defeated by ideas. Nations, and Time itself, are overmatched by ideas.
  • Victories are easy and cheap. The only victories worth anything are those achieved through hard work and dedication.
  • Home should be an oratorio of the memory, singing to all our after life melodies and harmonies of old-remembered joy.
  • There is not a heart but has its moments of longing, yearning for something better; nobler; holier than it knows now.
  • In the ordinary business of life, industry can do anything which genius can do, and very many things which it cannot.
  • The way to avoid evil is not by maiming our passions, but by compelling them to yield their vigor to our moral nature.
  • The Church is not a gallery for the exhibition of eminent Christians, but a school for the education of imperfect ones.
  • Some men think that the globe is a sponge that God puts into their hands to squeeze for their own garden or flower-pot.
  • Age and youth look upon life from the opposite ends of the telescope; it is exceedingly long,–it is exceedingly short.
  • In America there is not one single element of civilization that is not made to depend, in the end, upon public opinion.
  • It takes a man to make a devil; and the fittest man for such a purpose is a snarling, waspish, red-hot, fiery creditor.
  • A lie always needs a truth for a handle to it. The worst lies are those whose blade is false, but whose handle is true.
  • There are more quarrels smothered by just shutting your mouth, and holding it shut, than by all the wisdom in the world.
  • Poverty is very good in poems but very bad in the house; very good in maxims and sermons but very bad in practical life.
  • God’s sovereignty is not in His right hand; God’s sovereignty is not in His intellect; God’s sovereignty is in His love.
  • Not another flag has such an errand, carrying everywhere, the world around, such hope for freedom such glorious tidings.
  • It’s not the work which kills people, it’s the worry. It’s not the revolution that destroys machinery it’s the friction.
  • He will see most without who has the best eyes within; and he who only sees with his bodily organs sees but the surface.
  • The best lessons a man ever learns are from his mistakes. It is not for want of schoolmasters that we are still ignorant.
  • The meanest, most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man, and then qualifies it with a But.
  • Though cares and sorrows e’er must come, Though heart be rent, I know that God will give me strength, When mine is spent.
  • He who is false to present duty breaks a thread in the loom, and will find the flaw when he may have forgotten its cause.
  • Undoubtedly we render our consciences callous by evil indulgences; but we cannot entirely subdue that still, small voice.
  • The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won’t.
  • When a man sells eleven ounces for twelve, he makes a compact with the devil, and sells himself for the value of an ounce.
  • The blossom cannot tell what becomes of its odor, and no person can tell what becomes of his or her influence and example.
  • Never forget what a man has said to you when he was angry. If he has charged you with anything, you had better look it up.
  • Grim care, moroseness, anxiety-all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. Mirth is God’s medicine.
  • A man that puts himself on the ground of moral principle, if the whole world be against him, is mightier than all of them.
  • The prouder a man is, the more he thinks he deserves, and the more he thinks he deserves, the less he really does deserve.
  • Every fresh act of benevolence is the herald of deeper satisfaction; every charitable act a stepping-stone towards heaven.
  • Indifference in religion is more fatal than skepticism. There is no pulse in indifference; skepticism may have warm blood.
  • A Christian is nothing but a sinful man who has put himself to school for Christ for the honest purpose of becoming better.
  • Character, like porcelain-ware, must be painted before it is glazed. There can be no change of color after it is burned in.
  • If Christ is not divine, every impulse of the Christian world falls to a lower octave, and light and love and hope decline.
  • The grossest, the cruelest, the most selfish, the most easily pervertible and perverted thing in this world, is government.
  • God made the human body, and it is the most exquisite and wonderful organization which has come to us from the divine hand.
  • I beseech you to correct one fault – severe speech of others; never speak evil of any man, no matter what the facts may be.
  • There is not a person we employ who does not, like ourselves, desire recognition, praise, gentleness, forbearance, patience.
  • God made man to go by motives, and he will not go without them, any more than a boat without steam or a balloon without gas.
  • Christ is risen! There is life, therefore, after death! His resurrection is the symbol and pledge of universal resurrection!
  • Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.
  • Love is the wine of existence. When you have taken that, you have taken the most precious drop that there is in the cluster.
  • If you are idle, you are on the road to ruin; and there are few stopping-places upon it. It is rather a precipice than a road
  • Laughter is day, and sobriety is night; a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.
  • I pray on the principle that wine knocks the cork out of a bottle. There is an inward fermentation, and there must be a vent.
  • It is part and parcel of every man’s life to develop beauty in himself. All perfect things have in them an element of beauty.
  • When a man says that he is perfect already, there is only one of two places for him, and that is heaven or the lunatic asylum.
  • A noble man compares and estimates himself by an idea which is higher than himself, and a mean man, by one lower than himself.
  • Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.
  • No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today enjoy it and bless God for it.
  • He that does not know how wisely to meddle with public affairs in preaching the gospel, does not know how to preach the gospel.
  • Man is that name of power which rises above them all, and gives to every one the right to be that which God meant he should be.
  • There is an equator that runs just under the nose: all that live below the equator are animals; all that live above it are men.
  • A helping word to one in trouble is often like a switch on a railroad track-an inch between wreck and smooth-rolling prosperity.
  • If we would have anything of benefit, we must earn it, and earning it become shrewd, inventive, ingenious, active, enterprising.
  • And when no longer we can see Thee, may we reach out our hands, and find Thee leading us through death to immortality and glory.
  • Many of our troubles are God dragging us, and they would end if we would stand upon our feet and go whither He would have us go.
  • A boy is a piece of existence quite separate from all things else, and deserves separate chapters in the natural history of men.
  • We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
  • There is a power in the human mind … to see things as they are … but there is equally a power to see things as they might be.
  • I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.
  • It is not when the cable lies coiled up on the deck that you know how strong or how weak it is; it is when it is put to the test.
  • If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all his thinking, damages his personality, makes him landlord to a ghost.
  • Some sorrows are but footprints in the snow, which the genial sun effaces, or, if it does not wholly efface, changes into dimples.
  • The elms of New England! They are as much a part of her beauty as the columns of the Parthenon were the glory of its architecture.
  • A man without mirth is like wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it turns.
  • Every man carries a menagerie in himself; and, by stirring him up all around, you will find every sort of animal represented there.
  • The sphere that is deepest, most unexplored, and most unfathomable, the wonder and glory of God’s thought and hand, is our own soul!
  • A mother is as different from anything else that God ever thought of, as can possibly be. She is a distinct and individual creation.
  • That was a judicious mother who said, “I obey my children for the first year of their lives, but ever after I expect them to obey me.
  • In the morning, we carry the world like Atlas; at noon, we stoop and bend beneath it; and at night, it crushes us flat to the ground.
  • If a man can have only one kind of sense, let him have common sense. If he has that and uncommon sense too, he is not far from genius.
  • All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can’t be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.
  • A Christianity which will not help those who are struggling from the bottom to the top of society, needs another Christ to die for it.
  • There is not on earth so base a knave as the man who wins the love of a woman when he knows that he cannot or ought not to requite it.
  • It is necessary, if one would read aright, that he should read at least two newspapers, representing both sides of important subjects.
  • Yea, though the breath of disappointment should chill the sanguine heart, Speedily gloweth it again, warmed by the live embers of hope.
  • People may talk about the equality of the sexes! They are not equal. The silent smile of a sensible, loving woman will vanquish ten men.
  • It usually takes a hundred years to make a law, and then, after it has done its work; it usually takes a hundred years to get rid of it.
  • Our moral faculties must be placed highest, else they can no more flourish than could a plant growing under the shade and drip of trees.
  • There is no right more universal and more sacred, because lying so near the root of existence, than the right of men to their own labor.
  • Man is at the bottom an animal, midway a citizen, and at the top divine. But the climate of this world is such that few ripen at the top.
  • The call to religion is not a call to be better than your fellows, but to be better than yourself. Religion is relative to the individual.
  • That which distinguishes man from the brute is his power, in dealing with Nature, to milk her laws, and make them give forth their bounty.
  • You cannot play the hypocrite before God; and to obtain pardon you must cease to sin, as well as to be exercised by a spirit of repentance.
  • A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
  • No cradle for an emperor’s child was ever prepared with so much magnificence as this world has been made for man. But it is only his cradle.
  • Success surely comes with conscience in the long run, other things being equal. Capacity and fidelity are commercially profitable qualities.
  • The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day. It is a blessed baptism which gives the first waking thoughts into the bosom of God.
  • Memory can glean, but can never renew. It brings us joys faint as is the perfume of the flowers, faded and dried, of the summer that is gone.
  • Conceited men often seem a harmless kind of men, who, by an overweening self-respect, relieve others from the duty of respecting them at all.
  • The religion of Jesus Christ is not ascetic, nor sour, nor gloomy, nor circumscribing. It is full of sweetness in the present and in promise.
  • Little lies are very dangerous, because there are so many of them, and because each one of them scours upon the character as diamond-pointed.
  • In the family, happiness is in the ratio in which each is serving the others, seeking one another’s good, and bearing one another’s burdens.
  • Whatever is almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is more likely to lead astray.
  • A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone, for God is multitudinous above all populations of the earth.
  • Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot, and letting him hang upon the fatal mesh until the long-legged interest devours him.
  • Sometimes fear is wholesome and rational; it is well to swing fear as a mighty battle-axe over men’s heads when no other motive will move them.
  • Self-government by the whole people is the teleologic idea. The republican form of government is the noblest and the best, as it is the latest.
  • The advertisements in a newspaper are more full knowledge in respect to what is going on in a state or community than the editorial columns are.
  • We sleep, but the loom of life never stops, and the pattern which was weaving when the sun went down is weaving when it comes up in the morning.
  • Never be grandiloquent when you want to drive home a searching truth. Don’t whip with a switch that has the leaves on, if you want it to tingle.
  • He who only does not appreciate floral beauty is to be pitied like any other man who is born imperfect. It is a misfortune not unlike blindness.
  • When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder.
  • Refinement is the lifting of one’s self upwards from the merely sensual; the effort of the soul to etherealize the common wants and uses of life.
  • Perverted pride is a great misfortune in men; but pride in its original function, for which God created it, is indispensable to a proper manhood.
  • Where human life needs most sympathy, where usually it is the most barren, there it is that Christ is more likely to be found than anywhere else.
  • Love cannot endure indifference. It needs to be wanted. Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another’s heart, or its flame burns low.
  • The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.
  • The disciples found angels at the grave of Him they loved; and we should always find them too, but that our eyes are too full of tears for seeing.
  • There is no part of government which cannot better suffer derangement than the ballot. If you strike the ballot with disease, it is heart disease.
  • If we are like Christ, we shall seek, not to absorb, but to reflect the light which falls upon others, and thus we shall become pure and spotless.
  • No town can fail of beauty, though its walks were gutters and its houses hovels, if venerable trees make magnificent colonnades along its streets.
  • Sorrows, as storms, bring down the clouds close to the earth; sorrows bring heaven down close; and they are instruments of cleansing and purifying.
  • Some men are, in regard to ridicule, like tin-roofed buildings in regard to hail: all that hits them bounds rattling off; not a stone goes through.
  • Providence is but another name for natural law. Natural law itself would go out in a minute if it were not for the divine thought that is behind it.
  • The mere wit is only a human bauble. He is to life what bells are to horses-not expected to draw the load, but only to jingle while the horses draw.
  • God made every man to have power to be mightier than the events round about him; to hold by his firm will the reigns by which all things are guided.
  • A man is a great bundle of tools. He is born into this life without the knowledge of how to use them. Education is the process of learning their use.
  • There’s not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs than with his children, servants and neighbours.
  • Nature would be scarcely worth a puff of the empty wind if it were not that all Nature is but a temple, of which God is the brightness and the glory.
  • The things required for prosperous labor, prosperous manufactures, and prosperous commerce are three. First, liberty; second, liberty; third, liberty.
  • There are many troubles which you cannot cure by the Bible and the hymn-book, but which you can cure by a good perspiration and a breath of fresh air.
  • When a man has no longer any conception of excellence above his own, his voyage is done, he is dead,–dead in trespasses and sin of blear-eyed vanity.
  • It is one of the worst effects of prosperity to make a man a vortex instead of a fountain; so that, instead of throwing out, he learns only to draw in.
  • A man’s true estate of power and riches is to be in himself; not in his dwelling or position or external relations, but in his own essential character.
  • If Christ is the wisdom of God and the power of God in the experience of those who trust and love Him, there needs no further argument of His divinity.
  • Of all formal things in the world, a clipped hedge is the most formal; and of all the informal things in the world, a forest tree is the most informal.
  • There are multitudes of persons whose idea of liberty is the right to do what they please, instead of the right of doing that which is lawful and best.
  • I don’t like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong, never do anything.
  • The whole of the Saviour’s ministerial life, at least the part of it that stands on record, was passed in what we may call substantially a revival work.
  • Expedients are for an hour, but principles are for the ages. Just because the rains descend and winds blow, we cannot afford to build on shifting sands.
  • A man who does not know how to be angry, does not know how to be good. Now and then a man should be shaken to the core with indignation over things evil.
  • Thorough selfishness destroys or paralyzes enjoyment. A heart made selfish by the contest for wealth is like a citadel stormed in war, utterly shattered.
  • If you have only two or three things that you can enjoy and they are things which time and decay may remove from you, what are you going to do in old age?
  • In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands.
  • What is the disposition which makes men rejoice in good bargains? There are few people who will not be benefited by pondering over the morals of shopping.
  • A coat that is not used, the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted-the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.
  • Words are but the bannerets of a great army, a few bits of waving color here and there; thoughts are the main body of the footman that march unseen below.
  • Our government is built upon the vote. But votes that are purchasable are quicksands, and a government built on them stands upon corruption and revolution.
  • A person can no more make money suddenly and largely, and be unharmed by it, than one could suddenly grow from a child’s stature to an adult’s without harm.
  • A grindstone that had not grit in it, how long would it take to sharpen an ax? And affairs that had not grit in them, how long would they take to make a man?
  • What a pity flowers can utter no sound!-A singing rose, a whispering violet, a murmuring honeysuckle … oh, what a rare and exquisite miracle would these be!
  • All our other faculties seem to have the brown touch of earth upon them, but the imagination carries the very livery of heaven, and is God’s self in the soul.
  • Blessed be the man whose work drives him. Something must drive men; and if it is wholesome industry, they have no time for a thousand torments and temptations.
  • A man’s religion is himself. If he is right-minded toward God, he is religious; if the Lord Jesus Christ is his schoolmaster, then he is Christianly religious.
  • We are apt to believe in Providence so long as we have our own way; but if things go awry, then we think, if there is a God, he is in heaven, and not on earth.
  • Newspapers are to the body politic what arteries are to the human body, their function being to carry blood and sustenance and repair to every part of the body.
  • A man’s ledger does not tell what he is, or what he is worth. Count what is in man, not what is on him, if you would know what he is worth-whether rich or poor.
  • Involved sentences, crooked, circuitous, and parenthetical, no matter how musically they may be balanced, are prejudicial to a facile understanding of the truth.
  • What if you have seen it before, ten thousand times over? An apple tree in full blossom is like a message, sent fresh from heaven to earth, of purity and beauty.
  • They who refuse education to a black man would turn the South into a vast poorhouse, and labor into a pendulum, necessity vibrating between poverty and indolence.
  • A book is a garden; A book is an orchard; A book is a storehouse; A book is a party. It is company by the way; it is a counselor; it is a multitude of counselors.
  • Some folks think that Christianity means a kind of insurance policy, and that it has little to do with this life, but that it is a very good thing when a man dies.
  • When flowers are full of heaven-descended dews, they always hang their heads; but men hold theirs the higher the more they receive, getting proud as they get full.
  • Living is death; dying is life. We are not what we appear to be. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that citizens; on this side orphans, on that children.
  • Like waves, our feelings may continue by repeating themselves, by intermittent rushes; but no emotion any more than a wave can long retain its own individual form.
  • Thinking is creating with God, as thinking is writing with the ready writer; and worlds are only leaves turned over in the process of composition, about his throne.
  • Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. If there be no false retainer within who holds treacherous parley, there can scarcely be even an offer.
  • There is nothing that is so wonderfully created as the human soul. There is something of God in it. We are infinite in the future, though we are finite in the past.
  • Many men build as cathedrals are built-the part nearest the ground finished, but that part which soars toward heaven, the turrets and the spires, forever incomplete.
  • In engineering, that only is great which achieves. It matters not what the intention is, he who in the day of battle is not victorious is not saved by his intention.
  • We not only live among men, but there are airy hosts, blessed spectators, sympathetic lookers-on, that see and know and appreciate our thoughts and feelings and acts.
  • If every child might live the life predestined in a mother’s heart, all the way from the cradle to the coffin, he would walk upon a beam of light, and shine in glory.
  • Men of dissolute lives have little incentive to look forward to the hopes and glories of immortality. A due conception of these would be incompatible with such a life.
  • Take all the robes of all the good judges that have ever lived on the face of the earth, and they would not be large enough to cover the iniquity of one corrupt judge.
  • Coming to the Bible through commentaries is much like looking at a landscape through garret windows, over which generations of unmolested spiders have spun their webs.
  • When the old creeds are threadbare, and worn through, And all too narrow for the broadening soul, Give me the fine, firm texture of the new, Fair, beautiful and whole!
  • No man can tell if he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.
  • Flowers . . . have a mysterious and subtle influence upon the feelings, not unlike some strains of music. They relax the tenseness of the mind. They dissolve its rigor.
  • Morality is character and conduct such as is required by the circle or community in which the man’s life happens to be placed. It shows how much good men require of us.
  • Adversity, if for no other reason, is of benefit, since it is sure to bring a season of sober reflection. People see clearer at such times. Storms purify the atmosphere.
  • A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the most joyous day of the week.
  • When leisure is a selfish luxury, its very activity, when it stirs, is apt to be only a kind of indolence taking exercise, that it may the better digest its selfishness.
  • There is a patience that cackles. There are a great many virtues that are hen-like. They are virtue, to be sure; but everybody in the neighborhood has to know about them.
  • A tool is but the extension of a man’s hand, and a machine is but a complex tool. And he that invents a machine augments the power of a man and the well-being of mankind.
  • Many men are stored full of unused knowledge. Like loaded guns that are never fired off, or military magazines in times of peace, they are stuffed with useless ammunition.
  • The Bible is like a telescope. If a man looks through his telescope, then he sees worlds beyond; but, if he looks at his telescope, then he does not see anything but that.
  • Blessed are the happiness-makers! Blessed are they that take away attritions, that remove friction, that make the courses of life smooth, and the intercourse of men gentle!
  • The world’s battlefields have been in the heart chiefly; more heroism has been displayed in the household and the closet, than on the most memorable battlefields in history.
  • There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.
  • Give us that calm certainty of truth, that nearness to Thee, that conviction of the reality of the life to come, which we shall need to bear us through the troubles of this.
  • Life would be a perpetual flea hunt if a man were obliged to run down all the innuendoes, inveracities, and insinuations and misrepresentations which are uttered against him.
  • What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away.
  • The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
  • Our life is in the loom; it rolls up and is hidden as fast as it is woven. It is to be taken out of the loom only when we leave this world; then only shall we see the pattern.
  • A man ought to carry himself in the world as an orange tree would if it could walk up and down in the garden, swinging perfume from every little censer it holds up in the air.
  • Wealth held by a class and used ambitiously becomes as despotic as an absolute monarchy, and has in its hands manners, customs, laws, institutions, and governments themselves.
  • A practical, matter-of-fact man is like a wagon without springs: every single pebble on the road jolts him; but a man with imagination has springs that break the jar and jolt.
  • The Bible is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars.
  • When God thought of mother, He must have laughed with satisfaction, and framed it quickly – so rich, so deep, so divine, so full of soul, power, and beauty, was the conception.
  • Self-denial does not belong to religion as characteristic of it; it belongs to human life; the lower nature must always be denied when you are trying to rise to a higher sphere.
  • His nature is such that our often coming does not tire him. The whole burden of the whole life of every man may be rolled on to God and not weary him, though it has wearied man.
  • Books are the true metempsychosis,–they are the symbol and presage of immortality. The dead men are scattered, and none shall find them. Behold they are here! they do but sleep.
  • Affliction comes to us all …not to impoverish, but to enrich us, as the plough enriches the field; to multiply our joy, as the seed, by planting, is multiplied a thousand-fold.
  • A conservative young man has wound up his life before it was unreeled. We expect old men to be conservative but when a nation’s young men are so, its funeral bell is already rung.
  • As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances.
  • And now we beseech of Thee that we may have every day some such sense of God’s mercy and of the power of God about us, as we have of the fullness of the light of heaven before us.
  • A man who cannot get angry is like a stream that cannot overflow, that is always turbid. Sometimes indignation is as good as a thunderstorm in summer, clearing and cooling the air.
  • The real democratic American idea is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance.
  • Some have supposed that the mosquito is of a devout turn, and never will partake of a meal without first saying grace. The devotions of some men are but a preface to blood-sucking.
  • There is no man that lives who does not need to be drilled, disciplined, and developed into something higher and nobler and better than he is by nature. Life is one prolonged birth.
  • Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.
  • The soul is a temple; and God is silently building it by night and by day. Precious thoughts are building it; disinterested love is building it; all-penetrating faith is building it.
  • A very common flower adds generosity to beauty. It gives joy to the poor, to the rude, and to the multitudes who could have no flowers were nature to charge a price for her blossoms.
  • To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe.
  • Let parents who hate their offspring rear them to hate labor, and to inherit riches; and before long they will be stung by every vice, racked by its poison, and damned by its penalty.
  • It is a bitter thought to an avaricious spirit that by and by all these accumulations must be left behind. We can only carry away from this world the flavor of our good or evil deeds.
  • Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
  • Men who neglect Christ, and try to win heaven through moralities, are like sailors at sea in a storm, who pull, some at the bowsprit and some at the mainmast, but never touch the helm.
  • The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!
  • Every boy wants someone older than himself to whom he may go in moods of confidence and yearning. The neglect of this child’s want by grown people . . . is a fertile source of suffering.
  • There are some men’s souls that are so thin, so almost destitute of what is the true idea of soul, that were not the guardian angels so keen-sighted, they would altogether overlook them.
  • As warmth makes even glaciers trickle, and opens streams in the ribs of frozen mountains, so the heart knows the full flow and life of its grief only when it begins to melt and pass away.
  • Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude!
  • No one thing does human life more need than a kind consideration of the faults of others. Every one sins; everyone needs forbearance. Our own imperfections should teach us to be merciful.
  • Evil men of every degree will use you, flatter you, lead you on until you are useless; then, if the virtuous do not pity you, or God compassionate, you are without a friend in the universe.
  • Money in the hands of one or two men is like a dungheap in a barnyard. So long as it lies in a mass, it does no good; but, if it is only spread out evenly on the land, everything will grow.
  • At the bottom of every leaf-stem is a cradle, and in it is an infant germ; the winds will rock it, the birds will sing to it all summer long, but the next season it will unfold and go alone.
  • One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.
  • A mother has, perhaps, the hardest earthly lot; and yet no mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown.
  • Education will not come of itself; it will never come unless you seek it; it will not come unless you take the first steps which lead to it; but, taking these steps, every man can acquire it.
  • Nothing marks the change from the city to the country so much as the absence of grinding noises. The country is never silent. But its sounds are separate, distinct, and as it were, articulate.
  • A republican government in a hundred points is weaker than an autocratic government; but in this one point it is the strongest that ever existed ‚Äî it has educated a race of men that are men.
  • Next to the pastoral came the agricultural life. When you add to that the manufacturing phase of development, society begins to fill out, and needs but wings to fly, and commerce is its wings.
  • In the early ages men ruled by strength; now they rule by brain, and so long as there is only one man in the world who can think and plan, he will stand head and shoulders above him who cannot.
  • A man should fear when he only enjoys what good he does publicly. Is it not the publicity rather than the charity he loves? Is it not vanity, rather than benevolence, that gives such charities?
  • John Wesley quaintly observed that the road to heaven is a narrow path, not intended for wheels, and that to ride in a coach here and to go to heaven hereafter, was a happiness too much for man.
  • If a man has come to that point where he is no content that he says; I do not want to know any more, or do any more or be any more, he is in a state in which he ought to be changed into a mummy.
  • Nothing can compare in beauty, and wonder, and admirableness, and divinity itself, to the silent work in obscure dwellings of faithful women bringing their children to honor and virtue and piety.
  • There is tonic in the things that men do not love to hear. Free speech is to a great people what the winds are to oceans … and where free speech is stopped miasma is bred, and death comes fast.
  • People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: “Lord, teach me compassion,” but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.
  • As for marigolds, poppies, hollyhocks, and valorous sunflowers, we shall never have a garden without them, both for their own sake, and for the sake of old-fashioned folks, who used to love them.
  • Unfruitful emotion is to be suspected. Feeling acts as an impulse, as a spur, as a spring, and when feelings are excited, and they put nothing forward, they are sometimes even dangerous to a man.
  • There are persons so radiant, so genial, so kind, so pleasure-bearin g, that you instinctively feel in their presence that they do you good; whose coming into a room is like bringing a lamp there.
  • I will not say it is not Christian to make beads of others faults, and tell them over every day; I say it is infernal. If you want to know how the Devil feels, you do know, if you are such an one.
  • The thistle is a prince. Let any man that has an eye for beauty take a view of the whole plant, and where will he see a more expressive grace and symmetry; and where is there a more kingly flower?
  • I have known many an instance of a man writing a letter and forgetting to sign his name, but this is the only instance I have ever known of a man signing his name and forgetting to write the letter.
  • There is so much that is deaf and dumb in man, and so much that is paralyzed, so much that is shrunken, that nothing short of a miraculous touch of re-creation can make them at death perfect beings.
  • A man’s character is the reality of himself; his reputation, the opinion others have formed about him; character resides in him, reputation in other people; that is the substance, this is the shadow.
  • We should live and labor in our time that what came to us as a seed may go to the next generation as blossom, and what came to us as blossom, may go to them as fruit. This is what we mean by progress.
  • The cynic is one who never sees a good quality in a man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilant in darkness and blind to light, mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game.
  • Every city should make the common school so rich, so large, so ample, so beautiful in its endowments, and so fruitful in its results, that a private school will not be able to live under the drip of it.
  • There ought to be such an atmosphere in every Christian church that a man going there and sitting two hours should take the contagion of heaven, and carry home a fire to kindle the altar whence he came.
  • There is in youth a purity of character which, when once touched and defiled, can never be restored; a fringe more delicate than frost-work, and which, when torn and broken, can never be re-embroidered.
  • I can forgive, but I cannot forget, is only another way of saying, I will not forgive. Forgiveness ought to be like a cancelled note – torn in two, and burned up, so that it never can be shown against one.
  • The common schools are the stomachs of the country in which all people that come to us are assimilated within a generation. When a lion eats an ox, the lion does not become an ox but the ox becomes a lion.
  • It is the color which love wears, and cheerfulness, and joy–these three. It is the light in the window of the face by which the heart signifies to father, husband, or friend that it is at home and waiting.
  • Some of God’s noblest sons, I think, will be selected from those that know how to take wealth, with all its temptations, and maintain godliness therewith. It is hard to be a saint standing in a golden niche.
  • If a man meets with injustice, it is not required that he shall not be roused to meet it; but if he is angry after he has had time to think upon it, that is sinful. The flame is not wrong, but the coals are.
  • If you attempt to beat a man down and to get his goods for less than a fair price, you are attempting to commit burglary, as much as though you broke into his shop to take the things without paying for them.
  • Heaven answers with us the same purpose that the tuning-fork does with musicians. Our affections, the whole orchestra of them, are apt to get below the concert-pitch; and we take heaven to tune our hearts by.
  • It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
  • An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful bwefore all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? The exterior is not persuasive.
  • Today is a goblet day. The whole heavens have been mingled with exquisite skill to a delicious flavor, and the crystal cup put to every lip. Breathing is like ethereal drinking. It is a luxury simply to exist.
  • The best stock a man can invest in, is the stock of a farm; the best shares are plow shares; and the best banks are the fertile banks of a rural stream; the more these are broken the better dividends they pay.
  • It is not what we read, but what we remember, that makes us learned. It is not what we intend, but what we do that makes us useful. It is not a few faint wishes, but a life long struggle, that makes us valiant.
  • Theology is but a science of applied to God. As schools change theology must necessarily change. Truth is everlasting, but our ideas of truth are not. Theology is but our ideas of truth classified and arranged.
  • Every man should use his intellect, not as he uses his lamp in the study, only for his own seeing, but as the lighthouse uses its lamps, that those afar off on the seas may see the shining, and learn their way.
  • Do not be afraid because the, community teems with excitement. Silence and death are dreadful. The rush of life, the vigor of earnest men, the conflict of realities, invigorate, cleanse, and establish the truth.
  • Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. By these tendrils we clasp it and climb thitherward. And why do we think that we are separated from them? We never half knew them, nor in this world could.
  • It gives one a sudden start in going down a barren, stoney street, to see upon a narrow strip of grass, just within the iron fence, the radiant dandelion, shining in the grass, like a spark dropped from the sun.
  • So we fall asleep in Jesus. We have played long enough at the games of life, and at last we feel the approach of death. We are tired out, and we lay our heads back on the bosom of Christ, and quietly fall asleep.
  • It is not work that kills men; it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hard put more upon a man than he can bear. Worry is rust upon the blade. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction.
  • October is nature’s funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life.  The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming – October than May.  Every green thin loves to die in bright colors.
  • A good digestion is as truly obligatory as a good conscience; pure blood is as truly a part of mankind as a pure faith; and a well ordered skin is the first condition of that cleanliness which is next to Godliness.
  • In regard to the great mass of men, anything that breaks the realm of fear is not salutary, but dangerous; because it takes off one of the hoops that hold the barrel together in which the evil spirits are confined.
  • Love is not a possession but a growth. The heart is a lamp with just oil enough to burn for an hour, and if there be no oil to put in again its light will go out. God’s grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.
  • It is the end of art to inoculate men with the love of nature. But those who have a psssion for nature in the natural way, need no pictures nor gallereies. Spring is their designer, and the whole year their artist.
  • Any man can work when every stroke of his hands brings down the fruit rattling from the tree … but to labor in season and out of season, under every discouragement… that requires a heroism which is transcendent.
  • Any law that takes hold of a mans daily life cannot prevail in a community, unless the vast majority of the community are actively in favor of it. The laws that are the most operative are the laws which protect life.
  • I never know how to worship until I know how to love; and to love I must have something that I can put my arms around, ‚Äî something that, touching my heart, shall leave not the chill of ice, but the warmth of summer.
  • Go on your knees before God. Bring all your idols; bring self-will, and pride, and every evil lust before Him, and give them up. Devote yourself, heart and soul, to His will; and see if you do not “know of the doctrine.
  • All higher motives, ideals, conceptions, sentiments in a man are of no account if they do not come forward to strengthen him for the better discharge of the duties which devolve upon him in the ordinary affairs of life.
  • God planted fear in the soul as truly as he planted hope or courage. Pear is a kind of bell, or gong, which rings the mind into quick life and avoidance upon the approach of danger. It is the soul’s signal for rallying.
  • A house built on sand is, in fair weather, just as good as if builded on a rock. A cobweb is as good as the mightiest chain cable when there is no strain on it. It is trial that proves one thing weak and another strong.
  • When a man’s pride is subdued it’s like the sides of Mount Aetna. It was terrible during the eruption, but when that is over and the lava is turned into soil, there are vineyards and olive trees which grow up to the top.
  • It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible. Do not then be afraid of defeat. You are never so near to victory as when defeated in a good cause.
  • The man who perceives life only with his eye, his ear, his hand, and his tongue, is but little higher than the ox or an intelligent dog; but he who has imagination sees things around and above him, as the angels see them.
  • The little troubles and worries of life may be as stumbling blocks in our way, or we may make them stepping-stones to a nobler character and to Heaven. Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.
  • If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them.
  • The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; ‚Äî and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward.
  • An ambition which has conscience in it will always be a laborious and faithful engineer, and will build the road, and bridge the chasms between itself and eminent success by the most faithful and minute performances of duty.
  • Many men want wealth,–not a competence alone, but a live-story competence. Everything subserves this; and religion they would like as a sort of lightning-rod to their houses, to ward off by and by the bolts of Divine wrath.
  • There is no liberty to men whose passions are stronger than their religious feelings; there is no liberty to men in whom ignorance predominates over knowledge; there is no liberty to men who know not how to govern themselves.
  • Are they dead that yet speak louder than we can speak, and a more universal language? Are they dead that yet act?  Are they dead that yet move upon society and inspire the people with nobler motives and more heroic patriotism?
  • A lie is a very short wick in a very small lamp. The oil of reputation is very soon sucked up and gone. And just as soon as a man is known to lie, he is like a two-foot pump in a hundred-foot well. He cannot touch bottom at all.
  • Affliction comes to us all, not to make us sad, but sober; not to make us sorry, but to make us wise; not to make us despondent, but by its darkness to refresh us as the night refreshes the day; not to impoverish, but to enrich us
  • There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
  • Amid the discords of this life, it is blessed to think of heaven, where God draws after him an everlasting train of music; for all thoughts are harmonious and all feelings vocal, and so there is round about his feet eternal melody.
  • As the cream abandons the milk from which it took its life, and rises to the top and rides there, so men, because they are richer than those around about them, separate themselves, and all mankind below them they regard as skim milk.
  • Christianity works while infidelity talks. She feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, visits and cheers the sick, and seeks the lost, while infidelity abuses her and babbles nonsense and profanity. ‘By their fruits ye shall know them.’
  • never harm the dreaming world, the world of green, the world of leaves, but let its million palms unfold the adoration of the trees Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that.
  • It is sometimes of God’s mercy that men in the eager pursuit of worldly aggrandizement are baffled; for they are very like a train going down an inclined plane – putting on the brake is not pleasant, but it keeps the car on the track.
  • As ships meet at sea a moment together, when words of greeting must be spoken, and then away upon the deep, so men meet in this world; and I think we should cross no man’s path without hailing him, and if he needs giving him supplies.
  • It is the very wantonness of folly for a man to search out the frets and burdens of his calling and give his mind every day to a consideration of them. They belong to human life. They are inevitable. Brooding only gives them strength.
  • Indeed, unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw more from them as wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and bones.
  • Like the cellar-growing vine is the Christian who lives in the darkness and bondage of fear. But let him go forth, with the liberty of God, into the light of love, and he will be like the plant in the field, healthy, robust, and joyful.
  • Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men or animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others are plain, honest and upright, like the broad faced sunflower and the hollyhock.
  • Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. and the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.
  • I read for three things; first, to know what the world has done the last twenty-four hours, and is about to do today; second, for the knowledge that I specially want in my work; and third, for what will bring my mind into a proper mood.
  • I think half the troubles for which men go slouching in prayer to God are caused by their intolerable pride. Many of our cares are but a morbid way of looking at our privileges. We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.
  • But there have been human hearts, constituted just like ours, for six thousand years. The same stars rise and set upon this globe that rose upon the plains of Shinar or along the Egyptian Nile and the same sorrows rise and set in every age.
  • This world is not a platform where you will hear Thalberg-piano-playing. It is a piano manufactory, where are dust and shavings and boards, and saws and files and rasps and sandpapers. The perfect instrument and the music will be hereafter.
  • Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. We should live for the future, and yet should find our life in the fidelities of the present; the last is only the method of the first.
  • Men think God is destroying them because he is tuning them. The violinist screws up the key till the tense cord sounds the concert pitch; but it is not to break it, but to use it tunefully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack.
  • Prayer covers the whole of man’s life. There is no thought, feeling, yearning, or desire, however low, trifling, or vulgar we may deem it, which if it affects our real interest or happiness, we may not lay before God and be sure of sympathy.
  • The continuance and frequent fits of anger produce in the soul a propensity to be angry; which oftentimes ends in choler, bitterness, and moronity, when the mid becomes ulcerated, peevish, and querulous, and is wounded by the least occurrence.
  • Some people think black is the color of heaven, and that the more they can make their faces look like midnight, the more evidence they have of grace. But God, who made the sun and the flowers, never sent me to proclaim to you such a lie as that.
  • There are not anywhere else so many ways of trickery, so many false lights, so many veils, so many guises, so many illusive deceits, as are practiced in every man’s conscience in respect to his motives, thoughts, feelings, conduct, and character.
  • Men strengthen each other in their faults. Those who are alike associate together, repeat the things which all believe, defend and stimulate their common faults of disposition, and each one receives from the others a reflection of his own egotism.
  • There are apartments in the soul which have a glorious outlook; from whose windows you can see across the river of death, and into the shining city beyond; but how often are these neglected for the lower ones, which have earthward-looking windows.
  • Some men will not shave on Sunday, and yet they spend all the week in shaving their fellow-men; and many folks think it very wicked to black their boots on Sunday morning, yet they do not hesitate to black their neighbor’s reputation on week-days.
  • You may say, “I wish to send this ball so as to kill the lion crouching yonder, ready to spring upon me. My wishes are all right, and I hope Providence will direct the ball.” Providence won’t. You must do it; and if you do not, you are a dead man.
  • I would rather speak the truth to ten men than blandishments and lying to a million. Try it, ye who think there is nothing in it! Try what it is to speak with God behind you, to speak so as to be only the arrow in the bow which the Almighty draws.
  • There is no greater crime than to stand between a man and his development; to take any law or institution and put it around him like a collar, and fasten it there, so that as he grows and enlarges, he presses against it till he suffocates and dies.
  • It was the German schoolhouse which destroyed Napoleon III. France, since then, is making monster cannon and drilling soldiers still, but she is also building schoolhouses. As long as war is possible, anything that makes better soldiers people want.
  • Badgered, snubbed and scolded on the one hand; petted, flattered and indulged on the other-it is astonishing how many children work their way up to an honest manhood in spite of parents and friends. Human nature has an element of great toughness in it.
  • Affliction comes to the believer not to make him sad, but sober; not to make him sorry, but wise. Even as the plow enriches the field so that the seed is multiplied a thousandfold, so affliction should magnify our joy and increase our spiritual harvest.
  • A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, home made, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfect!

 

  • As plants take hold, not for the sake of staying, but only that they may climb higher, so it is with men. By every part of our nature we clasp things above us, one after another, not for the sake of remaining where we take hold, but that we may go higher.

 

  • Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and man’s obligations to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and his guide would be gone; he would have the same voyage to make, but his chart and compass would be overboard!
  • Our children that die young are like those spring bulbs which have their flowers prepared beforehand, and leave nothing to do but to break ground, and blossom, and pass away. Thank God for spring flowers among men, as well as among the grasses of the field.
  • Socially we are woven into the fabric of society, where every man is like one thread in a piece of cloth. No single thread has a right to say, “I will stay here no longer,” and draw out. No man has a right to make a hole in the well-woven fabric of society.
  • If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl’s weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God’s noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest.
  • Caution and conservatism are expected of old age; but when the young men of a nation are possessed of such a spirit, when they are afraid of the noise and strife caused by the applications of the truth, heaven save the land! Its funeral bell has already rung.
  • A dull axe never loves grindstones, but a keen workman does; and he puts his tool on them in order that it may be sharp. And men do not like grinding; but they are dull for the purposes which God designs to work out with them, and therefore He is grinding them.
  • Before men we stand as opaque bee-hives. They can see the thoughts go in and out of us; but what work they do inside of a man they cannot tell. Before God we are as glass bee-hives, and all that our thoughts are doing within us he perfectly sees and understands.
  • Brethren, we are all sailing home; and by and by, when we are not thinking of it, some shadowy thing (men call it death), at midnight, will pass by, and will call us by name, and will say, “I have a message for you from home; God wants you; heaven waits for you.
  • Astronomers have built telescopes which can show myriads of stars unseen before; but when a man looks through a tear in his own eye, that is a lens which opens reaches into the unknown, and reveals orbs which no telescope, however skilfully constructed, could do.
  • You have seen a ship out on the bay, swinging with the tide, and seeming as if it would follow it; and yet it cannot, for down beneath the water it is anchored. So many a soul sways toward heaven, but cannot ascend thither, because it is anchored to some secret sin.
  • Business men are to be pitied who do not recognize the fact that the largest side of their secular business is benevolence. … No man ever manages a legitimate business in this life without doing indirectly far more for other men than he is trying to do for himself.
  • The great men of earth are the shadow men, who, having lived and died, now live again and forever through their undying thoughts. Thus living, though their footfalls are heard no more, their voices are louder than the thunder, and unceasing as the flow of tides or air.
  • Lord God, we pray that we may be inspired to nobleness of life in the least things. May we dignify all our daily life. May we set such a sacredness upon every part of our life, that nothing shall be trivial, nothing unimportant, and nothing dull, in the daily round.
  • As long as society is absolutely divided as milk is, the cream being at the top and the impoverished milk at the bottom, so long will society be unbalanced, and liable to be thrown into convulsions out of which will spring wars. A circulation throughout keeps it in health.
  • While a man is stringing a harp, he tries the strings, not for music, but for construction. When it is finished it shall be played for melodies. God is fashioning the human heart for future joy. He only sounds a string here and there to see how far His work has progressed.
  • No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy the sunlight today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it. Do not look back on happiness — or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.
  • A man is a fool who sits looking backward from himself in the past. Ah, what shallow, vain conceit there is in man! Forget the things that are behind. That is not where you live. Your roots are not there. They are in the present; and you should reach up into the other life.
  • Loving is like music. Some instruments can go up two octaves, some four, and some all the way from black thunder to sharp lightning. As some of them are susceptible only of melody, so some hearts can sing but one song of love, while others will fun in a full choral harmony.
  • We rejoice in God since he has taught us that every thing which is true in us, is but a faint expression of what is in him. And thus all our joys become to us the echo of higher joys, and our very life is as a dream of that nobler life, to which we shall awaken when we die.
  • A thoughtful mind, when it sees a Nation’s flag, sees not the flag only, but the Nation itself; and whatever may be its symbols, its insignia, he reads chiefly in the flag the Government, the principles, the truths, the history which belongs to the Nation that sets it forth.
  • Our flag means all that our fathers meant in the Revolutionary War. It means all that the Declaration of Independence meant. It means justice. It means liberty. It means happiness…. Every color means liberty. Every thread means liberty. Every star and stripe means liberty.
  • Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own.
  • I have great hope of a wicked man, slender hope of a mean one. A wicked man may be converted and become a prominent saint. A mean man ought to be converted six or seven times, one right after the other, to give him a fair start and put him on an equality with a bold, wicked man.
  • We know much of a writer by his style. An open and imperious disposition is shown in short sentences, direct and energetic. A secretive and proud mind is cold and obscure in style. An affectionate and imaginative nature pours out luxuriantly, and blossoms all over with ornament.
  • Boys have their soft and gentle moods too. You would suppose by the morning racket that nothing could be more foreign to their nature than romance and vague sadness. . . . But boys have hours of great sinking and sadness, when kindness and fondness are peculiarly needful to them.
  • There is a dew in one flower and not in another, because one opens in cup and takes it in, while the other closes itself, and the drops run off. God rains His goodness and mercy as widespread as the dew, and if we lack them, it is because we will not open our hearts to receive them.
  • For fidelity, devotion, love, many a two-legged animal is below the dog and the horse. Happy would it be for thousands of people if they could stand at last before the Judgment Seat and say, I have loved as truly and have lived as decently as my dog, and yet we call them only brutes.
  • When our cup runs over, we let others drink the drops that fall, but not a drop from within the rim, and call it charity; when the crumbs are swept from our table, we think it generous to let the dogs eat them; as if that were charity which permits others to have what we cannot keep.
  • As flowers carry dewdrops, trembling on the edges of the petals, and ready to fall at the first waft of wind or brush of bird, so the heart should carry its beaded words of thanksgiving; and at the first breath of heavenly flavor, let down the shower, perfumed with the heart’s gratitude.
  • True politeness is the spirit of benevolence showing itself in a refined way. It is the expression of good-will and kindness. It promotes both beauty in the man who possesses it, and happiness in those who are about him. It is a religious duty, and should be a part of religious training.
  • Now, men think, with regard to their conduct, that, if they were to lift themselves up gigantically and commit some crashing sin, they should never be able to hold up their heads; but they will harbor in their souls little sins, which are piercing and eating them away to inevitable ruin.
  • It is the triumph of civilization that at last communities have obtained such a mastery over natural laws that they drive and control them. The winds, the water, electricity, all aliens that in their wild form were dangerous, are now controlled by human will, and are made useful servants.
  • The deeper men go into life, the deeper is their conviction that this life is not all. It is an unfinished symphony. A day may round out an insect’s life, and a bird or a beast needs no tomorrow. Not so with him who knows that he is related to God and has felt the power of an endless life.
  • God does not refuse to make himself known to man. He only will not do it by the symbolism of matter. He comes to us at once by the most natural course. We are in a transient state; our bodies are accidental, and God comes to us by that which is higher and truer–the intuitions of the soul.
  • There is no such thing as preaching patience into people, unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurlyburly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to, and riding out the gale.
  • Many men are mere warehouses full of merchandise–the head, the heart, are stuffed with goods. . . . There are apartments in their souls which were once tenanted by taste, and love, and joy, and worship, but they are all deserted now, and the rooms are filled with earthy and material things.
  • I used to think the Lord’s Prayer was a short prayer; but as I live longer, and see more of life, I begin to believe there is no such thing as getting through it. If a man, in praying that prayer, were to be stopped by every word until he had thoroughly prayed it, it would take him a lifetime.
  • Education is the knowledge of how to use the whole of oneself. Many men use but one or two faculties out of the score with which they are endowed. A man is educated who knows how to make a tool of every faculty, how to open it, how to keep it sharp, and how to apply it to all practical purposes.
  • As the imagination is set to look into the invisible and immaterial, it seems to attract something of their vitality; and though it can give nothing to the body to redeem it from years, it can give to the soul that freshness of youth in old age which is even more beautiful than youth in the young.
  • Speak of the appetite for drink; or of a bon-vivant’s relish for dinner! What are these mere animal throes and ragings compared with those fantasies of taste, of those yearning of the imagination, of those insatiable appetites of intellect, which bewilder a student in a great bookseller’s temptation-hall.
  • Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where He made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero or a saint.
  • The natural term of an apple-pie is but twelve hours. It reaches its highest state about one hour after it comes from the oven, and just before its natural heat has quite departed. But every hour afterward is a declension. And after it is one day old, it is thence-forward but the ghastly corpse of apple-pie.
  • We have the promises of God as thick as daisies in summer meadows, that death, which men most fear, shall be to us the most blessed of experiences, if we trust in him. Death is unclasping; joy, breaking out in the desert; the heart, come to its blossoming time! Do we call it dying when the bud bursts into flower?
  • Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” I found the following quote by Goethe that can serve as a commentary on these words. “We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
  • You can imagine thistle-down so light that when you run after it your running motion would drive it away from you, and that the more you tried to catch it the faster it would fly from your grasp. And it should be with every man, that, when he is chased by troubles, they, chasing, shall raise him higher and higher.
  • The morbid states of health, the irritableness of disposition arising from unstrung nerves, the impatience, the crossness, the fault-finding of men, who, full of morbid influences, are unhappy themselves, and throw the cloud of their troubles like a dark shadow upon others, teach us what eminent duty there is in health.
  • Every green thing loves to die in bright colors. The vegetable cohorts march glowing out of the year in flaming dresses, as if to leave this earth were a triumph and not a sadness. It is never nature that is sad, but only we, that dare not look back on the past, and that have not its prophecy of the future in our bosoms.
  • The clearest window that ever was fashioned if it is barred by spiders’ webs, and hung over with carcasses of insects, so that the sunlight has forgotten to find its way through, of what use can it be? Now, the Church is God’s window; and if it is so obscured by errors that its light is darkness, how great is that darkness!
  • Rich men are to bear the infirmities of the poor. Wise men are to bear the mistakes of the ignorant. Strong men are to bear with the feeble. Cultured people are to bear with the rude and vulgar. If a rough and coarse man meets an ecstatically fine man, the man that is highest up is to be the servant of the man that is lowest down.
  • There is an ugly kind of forgiveness in this world,–a kind of hedgehog forgiveness, shot out like quills. Men take one who has offended, and set him down before the blowpipe of their indignation, and scorch him, and burn his fault into him; and when they have kneaded him sufficiently with their fiery fists, then–they forgive him.
  • Our yearnings are homesicknesses for heaven; our sighings are for God, just as children that cry themselves asleep away from home, and sob in their slumber, know not that they sob for their parents. The soul’s inarticulate moanings are the affections yearning for the Infinite, and having no one to tell them what it is that ails them.
  • Not thine the sorrow, but ours, sainted soul! Thou hast indeed entered into the promised land, while we are yet on the march. To us remain the rocking of the deep, the storm upon the land, days of duty and nights of watching; but thou are sphered high above all darkness and fear, beyond all sorrow and weariness. Rest, oh, weary heart!
  • In a great affliction there is no light either in the stars or in the sun; for when the inward light is fed with fragrant oil; there can be no darkness though the sun should go out. But when, like a sacred lamp in the temple, the inward light is quenched, there is no light outwardly, though a thousand suns should preside in the heavens.
  • Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a  fresh page. Take up one hole more in  the buckle if necessary, or let down  one, according to circumstances; but on  the first of January let every man gird  himself once more, with his face to the  front, and take no interest in the  things that were and are past.
  • The beginnings of moral enterprises in this world are never to be measured by any apparent growth. … At length comes the sudden ripeness and the full success, and he who is called in at the final moment deems this success his own. He is but the reaper and not the labourer. Other men sowed and tilled and he but enters into their labours.
  • Love, in this world, is like a seed taken from the tropics, and planted where the winter comes too soon; and it cannot spread itself in flower-clusters and wide-twining vines, so that the whole air is filled with the perfume thereof. But there is to be another summer for it yet. Care for the root now, and God will care for the top by and by.
  • Men do not avail themselves of the riches of God’s grace. They love to nurse their cares, and seem as uneasy without some fret as an old friar would be without his hair girdle. They are commanded to cast their cares upon the Lord, but even when they attempt it, they do not fail to catch them up again, and think it meritorious to walk burdened.
  • The gravest events dawn with no more noise than the morning star makes in rising. All great developments complete themselves in the world and modestly wait in silence, praising themselves never, and announcing themselves not at all. We must be sensitive, and sensible, if we would see the beginnings and endings of great things. That is our part.
  • Oftentimes great and open temptations are the most harmless because they come with banners flying and bands playing and all the munitions of war in full view, so that we know we are in the midst of enemies that mean us damage, and we get ready to meet and resist them. Our peculiar dangers are those that surprise us and work treachery in our fort.
  • What is the Bible in your house? It is not the Old Testament, it is not the New Testament, it is not the Gospel according to Matthew, or Mark, or Luke, or John; it is the Gospel according to William; it is the Gospel according to Mary; it is the Gospel according to Henry and James; it is the Gospel according to your name. You write your own Bible.
  • Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it. Grim care, moroseness, anxiety,–all this rust of life, ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. It is better than emery. Every man ought to rub himself with it. A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it runs.
  • Prayer is often an argument of laziness: “Lord, my temper gives me a vast deal of inconvenience, and it would be a great task for me to correct it; and wilt thou be pleased to correct it for me, that I may get along easier?” If prayer was answered under such circumstances, independent of action of natural laws, it would be paying a premium on indolence.
  • I know it is more agreeable to walk upon carpets than to lie upon dungeon floors, I know it is pleasant to have all the comforts and luxuries of civilization; but he who cares only for these things is worth no more than a butterfly, contented and thoughtless, upon a morning flower; and who ever thought of rearing a tombstone to a last summer’s butterfly?
  • Men will imitate and admire his unmoved firmness, his inflexible conscience for the right; and yet his gentleness, as tender as a woman’s, his moderation of spirit, which not all the heat of party could inflame, nor all the jars and disturbances of this country shake out of its place: I swear you to an emulation of his justice, his moderation, and his mercy.
  • Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.
  • What if the leaves were to fall a-weeping, and say, “It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks, when autumn comes?” Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss.
  • We know that the gifts which men have do not come from the schools. If a man is a plain, literal, factual man, you can make a great deal more of him in his own line by education than without education, just as you can make a great deal more of a potato if you cultivate it than if you do not; but no cultivation in this world will ever make an apple out of a potato.
  • A love of flowers would beget early rising, industry, habits of close observation, and of reading. It would incline the mind to notice natural phenomena, and to reason upon them. It would occupy the mind with pure thoughts, and inspire a sweet and gentle enthusiasm; maintain simplicity of taste; and … unfold in the heart an enlarged, unstraightened, ardent piety.
  • But when we borrow trouble, and look forward into the future to see what storms are coming, and distress ourselves before they come as to how we shall avert them if they ever do come, we lose our proper trustfulness in God. When we torment ourselves with imaginary dangers, or trials, or reverses, we have already parted with that perfect love which casteth out fear.
  • Whenever education and refinement carry us away from the common people, they are growing towards selfishness, which is the monster evil of the world. That is true cultivation which gives us sympathy with every form of human life, and enables us to work most successfully for its advancement. Refinement that carries us away from our fellow people is not God’s refinement.
  • Earthly love is a brief and penurious stream, which only flows in spring, with a long summer drought. The change from a burning desert, treeless, springless, drear, to green fields and blooming orchards in June, is slight in comparison with that from the desert of this world’s affection to the garden of God, where there is perpetual, tropical luxuriance of blessed love.
  • There are many trials in life which do not seem to come from unwisdom or folly; they are silver arrows shot from the bow of God, and fixed inextricably in the quivering heart – they are meant to be borne – they were not meant, like snow or water, to melt as soon as they strike; but the moment an ill can be patiently borne it is disarmed of its poison, though not of its pain.
  • God washes the eyes by tears until they can behold the invisible land where tears shall come no more. O love! O affliction! ye are the guides that show us the way through the great airy space where our loved ones walked; and, as hounds easily follow the scent before the dew be risen, so God teaches us, while yet our sorrow is wet, to follow on and find our dear ones in heaven.
  • We are not to make the ideas of contentment and aspiration quarrel, for God made them fast friends. A man may aspire, and yet be quite content until it is time to raise; and both flying and resting are but parts of one contentment. The very fruit of the gospel is aspiration. It is to the heart what spring is to the earth, making every root, and bud, and bough desire to be more.
  • Oh, ye infidel philosophers, teach me how to find joy in sorrow, strength in weakness, and light in darkest days; how to bear buffeting and scorn; how to welcome death, and to pass through it into the sphere of life, and this not for me only, but for the whole world that groans and travails in pain; and till you can do this, speak not to me of a better revelation than the Bible.
  • We never know how much one loves till we know how much he is willing to endure and suffer for us; and it is the suffering element that measures love. The characters that are great must, of necessity, be characters that shall be willing, patient and strong to endure for others. To hold our nature in the willing service of another is the divine idea of manhood, of the human character.
  • I would much rather fight pride than vanity, because pride has a stand-up way of fighting. You know where it is. It throws its black shadow on you, and you are not at a loss where to strike. But vanity is that delusive, that insectiferous, that multiplied feeling, and men that fight vanities are like men that fight midges and butterflies. It is easier to chase them than to hit them.
  • When young men or women are beginning life, the most important period, it is often said, is that in which their habits are formed. That is a very important period. But the period in which the ideals of the young are formed and adopted is more important still. For the ideal with which you go forward to measure things determines the nature, so far as you are concerned, of everything you meet.
  • When our children die, we drop them into the unknown, shuddering with fear. We know that they go out from us, and we stand, and pity, and wonder. If we receive news, that a hundred thousand dollars had been left them by some one dying, we should be thrown into an ecstasy of rejoicing; but when they have gone home to God, we stand, and mourn, and pine, and wonder at the mystery of Providence.
  • All things in the natural world symbolize God, yet none of them speak of him but in broken and imperfect words. High above all he sits, sublimer than mountains, grander than storms, sweeter than blossoms and tender fruits, nobler than lords, truer than parents, more loving than lovers. His feet tread the lowest places of the earth; but his head is above all glory, and everywhere he is supreme.
  • If one, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him, It means just what Concord and Lexington meant, what Bunker Hill meant; it means the whole glorious Revolutionary War, which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny, to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.
  • We pray for those who have ceased to pray. We pray for those that need prayer more than ever, that have fewer and fewer seasons even of thought, that grow hard with years, that are less and less troubled by sin, and that are more and more irreverent of religion. We pray for the children of Christian parents who sometimes weep at the memory of father and mother, but who never have thought of God.
  • The conditions of city life may be made healthy, so far as the physical constitution is concerned; but there is connected with the business of the city so much competition, so much rivalry, so much necessity for industry, that I think it is a perpetual, chronic, wholesale violation of natural law. There are ten men that can succeed in the country, where there is one that can succeed in the city.
  • Men who stand on any other foundation than the rock Christ Jesus are like birds that build in trees by the side of rivers. The bird sings in the branches, and the river sings below, but all the while the waters are undermining the soil about the roots, till, in some unsuspected hour, the tree falls with a crash into the stream; and then its nest is sunk, its home is gone, and the bird is a wanderer.
  • There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak?
  • I have known men who thought the object of conversion was to cleanse them as a garment is cleansed, and that when they are converted they were to be hung up in the Lord’s wardrobe, the door of which was to be shut, so that no dust could get at them. A coat that is not used the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted, the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.
  • All human affairs follow nature’s great analogue, the growth of vegetation. There are three periods of growth in every plant. The first, and slowest, is the invisible growth by the root; the second and much accelerated is the visible growth by the stem; but when root and stem have gathered their forces, there comes the third period, in which the plant quickly flashes into blossom and rushes into fruit.
  • If God but cares for our inward and eternal life, if by all the experiences of this life He is reducing it and preparing for its disclosure, nothing can befall us but prosperity. Every sorrow shall be but the setting of some luminous jewel of joy. Our very morning shall be but the enamel around the diamond; our very hardships but the metallic rim that holds the opal, glancing with strange interior fires.
  • That which men suppose the imagination to be, and to do, is often frivolous enough and mischievous enough; but that which God meant it to be in the mental economy is not merely noble, but supereminent. It is the distinguishing element in all refinement. It is the secret and marrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith. The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
  • May we feel after Thee; still calling out in the darkness, as children waking in the night call “Father,” so may we call out for God; and, at times, even if we do not hear Thy voice, may there be the form of a hand resting upon us, and that shall be enough; for we shall take hold of it, though it be in the dark, and it shall guide us to the growing light; for the day shall come, and the release and triumph.
  • To the great tree-loving fraternity we belong. We love trees with universal and unfeigned love, and all things that do grow under them or around them – the whole leaf and root tribe. Not alone when they are in their glory, but in whatever state they are – in leaf, or rimed with frost, or powdered with snow, or crystal-sheathed in ice, or in severe outline stripped and bare against a November sky – we love them.
  • There is a great deal more correctness of thought respecting manhood in bodily things than in moral things. For men’s ideas of manhood shape themselves as the tower and spire of cathedrals do, that stand broad at the bottom, but grow tapering as they rise, and end, far up, in the finest lines, and in an evanishing point. Where they touch the ground they are most, and where they reach to the heaven they are least.
  • A week filled up with selfishness, and the Sabbath stuffed full of religious exercises, will make a good Pharisee, but a poor Christian. There are many persons who think Sunday is a sponge with which to wipe out the sins of the week. Now, God’s altar stands from Sunday to Sunday, and the seventh day is no more for religion than any other. It is for rest. The whole seven are for religion, and one of them for rest.
  • The aster has not wasted spring and summer because it has not blossomed. It has been all the time preparing for what is to follow, and in autumn it is the glory of the field, and only the frost lays it low. So there are many people who must live forty or fifty years, and have the crude sap of their natural dispositions changed and sweetened before the blossoming time can come; but their lives have not been wasted.
  • I received a letter from a lad asking me for an easy berth. To this I replied: You cannot be an editor; do not try the law; do not think of the ministry; let alone all ships and merchandise; abhor politics; don’t practice medicine; be not a farmer or a soldier or a sailor; don’t study, don’t think. None of these are easy. O, my son, you have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave!
  • Thinking cannot be clear until it has had expression-we must write, or speak, or act our thoughts, or they will remain in half torpid form. Our feelings must have expression, or they will be as clouds, which, till they descend in rain, will never bring up fruit or flowers. So it is with all the inward feelings; expression gives them development-thought is the blossom; language is the opening bud; action the fruit behind it.
  • Very few men acquire wealth in such a manner as to receive pleasure from it. Just as long as there is the enthusiasm of the chase they enjoy it; but when they begin to look around, and think of settling down, they find that that part by which joy enters is dead in them. They have spent their lives in heaping up colossal piles of treasure, which stand, at the end, like the pyramids in the desert sands, holding only the dust of kings.
  • Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.
  • Thou, Everlasting Strength, hast set Thyself forth to bear our burdens. May we bear Thy cross, and bearing that; find there is nothing else to bear; and touching that cross, find that instead of taking away our strength, it adds thereto. Give us faith for darkness, for trouble, for sorrow, for bereavement, for disappointment; give us a faith that will abide though the earth itself should pass away–a faith for living, a faith for dying.
  • If one asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him: It means all that the Constitution of our people, organizing for justice, for liberty, and for happiness, meant. Our flag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings. This American flag was the safeguard of liberty. It was an ordinance of liberty by the people, for the people. That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to the end of time!
  • Your honors here may serve you for a time, as it were for an hour, but they will be of no use to you beyond this world. Nobody will have heard a word of your honors in the other life. Your glory, your shame, your ambitions, and all the treasures for which you push hard and sacrifice much will be like wreaths of smoke. For these things, which you mostly seek, and for which you spend your life only tarry with you while you are on this side of the flood.
  • It is not desirable that we should live as in the constant atmosphere and presence of death; that would unfit us for life; but it is well for us, now and then, to talk with death as friend talketh with friend, and to bathe in the strange seas, and to anticipate the experiences of that land to which it will lead us. These forethinkings are meant, not to make us discontented with life, but to bring us back with more strength, and a nobler purpose in living.
  • Miracles are like candles lit up until the sun rises, and then blown out. Therefore, I am amused when I hear sects and churches talk about having evidence of Divine authority because they have miracles. Miracles in our time are like candles in the street at midday. We do not want miracles. They are to teach men how to find out truths themselves; and after they have learned this, they no more need them than a well man needs a staff, or a grown-up child needs a walking-stool.
  • What profusion is there in His work! When trees blossom there is not a single breastpin, but a whole bosom full of gems; and of leaves they have so many suits that they can throw them away to the winds all summer long. What unnumbered cathedrals has He reared in the forest shades, vast and grand, full of curious carvings, and haunted evermore by tremulous music; and in the heavens above, how do stars seem to have flown out of His hand faster than sparks out of a mighty forge!
  • Love is the river of life in this world. Think not that ye know it who stand at the little tinkling rill, the first small fountain. Not until you have gone through the rocky gorges, and not lost the stream; not until you nave gone through the meadow, and the stream has widened and deepened until fleets could ride on its bosom; not until beyond the meadow you have come to the unfathomable ocean, and poured your treasures into its depths–not until then can you know what love is.
  • God has intended the great to be great and the little to be little … The trade unions, under the European system, destroy liberty … I do not mean to say that a dollar a day is enough to support a workingman … not enough to support a man and five children if he insists on smoking and drinking beer. But the man who cannot live on bread and water is not fit to live! A family may live on good bread and water in the morning, water and bread at midday, and good bread and water at night!
  • There are many persons of combative tendencies, who read for ammunition, and dig out of the Bible iron for balls. They read, and they find nitre and charcoal and sulphur for powder. They read, and they find cannon. They read, and they make portholes and embrasures. And if a man does not believe as they do, they look upon him as an enemy, and let fly the Bible at him to demolish him. So men turn the word of God into a vast arsenal, filled with all manner of weapons, offensive and defensive.
  • There can be no barrenness in full summer. The very sand will yield something. Rocks will have mosses, and every rift will have its wind-flower, and every crevice a leaf; while from the fertile soil will be reared a gorgeous troop of growths, that will carry their life in ten thousand forms, but all with praise to God. And so it is when the soul knows its summer. Love redeems its weakness, clothes its barrenness, enriches its poverty, and makes its very desert to bud and blossom as the rose.
  • The methods by which men have met and conquered trouble, or been slain by it, are the same in every age. Some have floated on the sea, and trouble carried them on its surface as the sea carries cork. Some have sunk at once to the bottom as foundering ships sink. Some have run away from their own thoughts. Some have coiled themselves up into a stoical indifference. Some have braved the trouble, and defied it. Some have carried it as a tree does a wound, until by new wood it can overgrow and cover the old gash.
  • The pie should be eaten “while it is yet florescent, white or creamy yellow, with the merest drip of candied juice along the edges, (as if the flavor were so good to itself that its own lips watered!) of a mild and modest warmth, the sugar suggesting jelly, yet not jellied, the morsels of apple neither dissolved nor yet in original substance, but hanging as it were in a trance between the spirit and the flesh of applehood…then, O blessed man, favored by all the divinities! eat, give thanks, and go forth, ‘in apple-pie order!'”
  • A library is but the soul’s burial ground; it is the land of shadows. Yet one is impressed with the thought, the labor, and the struggle, represented in this vast catacomb of books. Who could dream, by the placid waters that issue from the level mouths of brooks into the lake, all the plunges, the whirls, the divisions, and foaming rushes that had brought them down to the tranquil exit? And who can guess through what channels of disturbance, and experiences of sorrow, the heart passed that has emptied into this Dead Sea of books?
  • It is a view of God that compensates every thing else, and enables the soul to rest in His bosom. How, when the child in the night screams with terror, hearing sounds that it knows not of, is that child comforted and put to rest? Is it by a philosophical explanation that the sounds were made by the rats in the partition? Is it by imparting entomological knowledge? No; it is by the mother taking the child in her lap, and singing sweetly to it, and rocking it. And the child thinks nothing of the explanation, but only of the mother.
  • Happy is the man who has that in his soul which acts upon the dejected as April airs upon violet roots. Gifts from the hand are silver and gold, but the heart gives that which neither silver nor gold can buy. To be full of goodness, full of cheerfulness, full of sympathy, full of helpful hope, causes a man to carry blessings of which he is himself as unconscious as a lamp is of its own shining. Such a one moves on human life as stars move on dark seas to bewildered mariners; as the sun wheels, bringing all the seasons with him from the south.
  • The slave labors, but with no cheer – it is not the road to respectability, it will honor him with no citizens’ trust, it brings no bread to his family, no grain to his garner, no leisure in after-days, no books or papers to his children. It opens no school-house door, builds no church, rears for him no factory, lays no keel, fills no bank, earns no acres. With sweat and toil and ignorance he consumes his life, to pour the earnings into channels from which he does no drink, into hands that never honor him. But perpetually rob and often torment.
  • If one should give me a dish of sand, and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes, and search for them with my clumsy fingers, and be unable to detect them; but let me take a magnet and sweep through it, and how would it draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. The unthankful heart, like my finger in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day, and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some Heavenly blessings.
  • Ordinarily rivers run small at the beginning, grow broader and broader as they proceed, and become widest and deepest at the point, where they enter the sea. It is such rivers that the Christian’s life is like. But the life of the mere worldly man is like those rivers in Southern Africa, which, proceeding from mountain freshets, are broad and deep at the beginning, and grow narrower and more shallow as they advance. They waster themselves by soaking into the sands, and at last they die out entirely. The farther they run the less there is of them.
  • It is often said it is no matter what a man believes if he is only sincere. This is true of all minor truths, and false of all truths whose nature it is to fashion a man’s life. It will make no difference in a man’s harvest whether he thinks turnips have more saccharine matter than potatoes–whether corn is better than wheat. But let the man sincerely believe that seed planted without ploughing is as good as with, that January is as favorable for seed sowing as April, and that cockle seed will produce as good a harvest as wheat, and will it make no difference?
  • Many will say, “I can find God without the help of the Bible, or church, or minister.” Very well. Do so if you can. The Ferry Company would feel no jealousy of a man who should prefer to swim to New York. Let him do so if he is able, and we will talk about it on the other shore; but probably trying to swim would be the thing that would bring him quickest to the boat. So God would have no jealousy of a man’s going to heaven without the aid of the Bible, or church, or minister; but let him try to do so, and it will be the surest way to bring him back to them for assistance.
  • The sun does not shine for a few trees, and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. The lonely pine on the mountain-top waves its sombre boughs and cries, ‘Thou art my sun.’ And the little meadow violet lifts its cup of blue, and whispers with its perfumed breath, ‘Thou art my sun.’ And the grain in a thousand fields rustles in the wind, and makes answer, ‘Thou art my sun.’ So God sits effulgent in heaven, not for a favored few, but for the universe of life; and there is no creature so poor or so low that he may not look up with childish confidence and say, ‘My Father, Thou art mine.