“Thin religion is religiosity reduced to a single symbolic gesture. And once you reduce religion to that . . . you can project everything that you want onto that . . . thin religion isn't textured. It doesn't have depth. It doesn't have relief. It doesn't rely on a long history of that religion with all the varieties of reflections that have gone on in the religion.”- Miroslav Volf
"I find there are three stages in every great work of God: first it's impossible, then it's difficult, then it's done."- Hudson Taylor
"Now is the time for us to stop seeking our own satisfaction and to pour out our lives before HIM."- Oswald Chambers
"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will."- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"When it comes time to die, make sure all you have to do is die."- Jim Elliot
"We are not called to be defenders of the Truth but to live the Truth, which is Truth's best defense."
~Mabel Boggs Sweet
"If you do not believe in regeneration, if you do not see its utter absolute necessity, then I do not see that you have any right to regard yourself as a Christian. If you do not see that you are so lost that nothing but receiving new life from God can reconcile you and take you to heaven, then you are lacking at a vital point, a point that is integral and belongs to the very integrity of faith."- Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart form Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing."
- C.S. Lewis
"Christians should not be optimists; we know too much about sin. We should also not be pessimists, for we know the living God."
- Timothy Keller
"Faith is saying, 'Here I am' before we know our mission. Fear is wanting to know our mission before we say, 'Here I am.'"
- Leonard Sweet
"It is one thing to believe in God, but it is quite another thing to trust God." -Timothy Keller
"We must find a way to unite what Jesus never divided - the sacred and the secular, spirit and matter, the divine and the common." -Leonard Sweet
"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine." ~ D. L. Moody
"The water only becomes wine when you draw some out." - Mark Chironna
There is never going to be a time when you will look at God and say, "You're so predictable!"
"I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least."
"If you follow Jesus long enough and far enough, you will trespass on the fields of the impossible."
- Mark Batterson
"At the end of the day, God's power is not primarily about victory over your particular situation. It's about the glory of His name on earth. Sometimes He does that by giving you victory over an obstacle; other times He does that by letting you suffer, to show a watching world that He is better than anything else on earth."
- J.D. Greear
"When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, remember the teacher is always quiet during a test."
"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing."
- Zephaniah 3:17
"To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust him in the dark - that is faith."
- C. H. Spurgeon
"The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00am for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access."
"God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him."
- Jim Elliot
"God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things that we can do by ourselves."
- A.W. Tozer
"God is glorified in his people by the way we experience him, not merely by the way we think about him."
- John Piper
"Life is ten percent what happens to us and ninety percent how we respond to it."
- Charles Swindoll
"Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t."
– Richard Bach
"Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be."
– Jeremy Schwartz
You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.
- Psalm 18:28-29
"Think it through to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something that God would condemn, put a stop to it immediately."
- Oswald Chambers
"Lord, enlighten what's dark in me, strengthen what's weak in me, mend what's broken in me, bind what's bruised in me, heal what's sick in me, and lastly, revive whatever peace and love has died in me."
Jesus did not say “Come to my seminar.” Or “Come to my conference.” Jesus said “Come to my table;” “Come and dine;” “Come and see” and "Come to me."
"Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well."
– Josh Billings
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
"I may not know where to go next, but I can count on the One who sends me."
- Katy McCown
"People ask me, 'Why pray if God is sovereign?' I respond, 'Why pray if He isn't?'"
- Michael Horton
"You can see God from anywhere if your mind is set to love & obey Him."
- AW Tozer
"Often, the problem we have in loving others and in freeing ourselves from bitterness we may have towards them is really a problem of not knowing who God is and trusting Him to be who He says He is."
– David Guzik
"Faith and repentance are not static, the decision of a moment; they are the lifelong realities of a new heart."
- Sinclair B. Ferguson
"Faith does not just find God in the past, but finds God in the future. Can you thank God, this minute, not just for what has been, but for what is coming?"
"Choose to live generously and watch your life change."
"My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?"
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
- Jeremiah 17:7-8
"He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God."
- John, the Disciple of Jesus
"I can think of no other time in history where the name of Jesus has been so frequently mentioned and the content of His life and teaching so thoroughly ignored."
- Brennan Manning
"You fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds you so much dread are big with mercy and will break in blessings on your head."
"Forgiveness doesn't excuse their behavior. Forgiveness prevents their behavior from destroying your heart."
Regarding prayer: "What Christ needed, we cannot afford to neglect."
- Alexander MacLaren
"Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you."
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