Note: Not every quote is one I agree with, some quotes are even by atheists and people who hold to worldviews contrary to my own, the reason they are posted is to represent the ideas and my intention further is for the representatives of those worldviews to speak for themselves but in such a manner as to show the falsity, honesty, or danger in what they are saying. 

The Holy Scriptures given by inspiration of God are of themselves sufficient to the discovery of the truth. —Athanasius

“The tragic fallacy of the last hundred years has been to think that all man’s troubles are due to his environment, and that to change the man you have nothing to do but change his environment. It overlooks the fact that it was in Paradise that man fell.” — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

B.H. Carroll: “Keep the Seminary lashed to the Cross. If heresy ever comes in the teaching, take it to the faculty. If they will not hear you and take prompt action, take it to the trustees of the Seminary. If they will not hear you, take it to the Convention that appoints the Board of Trustees, and if they will not hear you, take it to the great common people of our churches. You will not fail to get a hearing then.” –the deathbed commission to Lee Scarborough, his successor as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

“Only the rarest good fortune brings together the man and woman who are really as it were ‘destined’ for one another, and capable of a very great and splendid love. The idea still dazzles us, catches us by the throat: poems and stories in multitudes have been written on the theme, more, probably, than the total of such loves in real life…In such great inevitable love, often love at first sight, we catch a vision, I suppose, of marriage as it should have been in an unfallen world.” -J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of JRR Tolkien, p. 52

“The business done in the home is nothing less than the shaping of the bodies and souls of humanity.” -G.K. Chesterton

When God commands justice, we are to do justice, and the state is to enforce it. When He commands grace, we are to exercise grace. But it is precisely because grace is not justice, and because God ordained the state to enforce justice, that the state is never to enforce grace. Indeed, “forced grace”—the real meaning of Progressive “social justice”—is a contradiction in terms. —E. Calvin Beisner—

You cannot build your reputation on what you’re going to do. -Henry Ford

“God wills our good, and our good is to love Him (with that responsive love proper to creatures) and to love Him we must know Him: and if we know Him, we shall in fact fall on our faces.” -C.S. Lewis

“Men are so quick to blame the gods: they say
that we devise their misery. But they
themselves — in their depravity — design
grief greater than the griefs that fate assigns.”

―Homer, The Odyssey

Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.  -Marcus Tullius Cicero

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” Plato, The Republic

“There are certain things in Christianity that can be understood from the outside, before you have become a Christian. But there are a great many things that cannot be understood until after you have gone a certain distance along the Christian road.”-CSLewis

“Worry looks at God through circumstances. Peace looks at circumstances through God.” Adrian Rogers

“Winners of souls must first be weepers for souls.” — C. H. Spurgeon

It might be less about “what” you’re doing and more about the character you’re letting God shape in you while you do it. -Louie Giglio

“What God asks us to do, He equips us to do.” –Dutch Sheets

“Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact of our lives.” –Charles Stanley

“A good writer is one who makes you not look at him but rather makes you see through the lens that he is seeing through.” -Judith Wolfe on CSL

If you try to master the Scriptures, they will master you. -Tom Eliff

The ministry is more than a profession it has to be lived out. -Tom Eliff

Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital “T.” Truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality–and the intellectual holding of that Total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth. -Francis Schaeffer, Address at the University of Notre Dame, April 1981.

As John Barclay puts it, the household code “is thus entirely consistent with the universalizing thrust of the letter(Colossians) as a whole, in which the tendrils of the Christ-event spread out, as it were, to cover the whole surface of life.”

“Christ governs the entire universe, including the mundane affairs of the household.” -Douglas Moo, Colossians, 298

 As long as we imagine that we own anything, that thing owns us. As soon as we know we own nothing then God owns us. -A.W. Tozer

In the end, we simply have no place to go other than the Bible as God’s authoritative revelation. Christ, not the Bible, is the foundation of our faith — but our only authoritative and infallible source of knowledge about Christ is the Bible. -Al Mohler http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/09/26/bible-tells-biblical-authority-denied/

Americans love to fight, traditionally. All real Americans love the sting and clash of battle

You are here today for three reasons. First, because you are here to defend your homes and your loved ones. Second, you are here for your own self respect, because you would not want to be anywhere else.

Third, you are here because you are real men and all real men like to fight.

When you, here, everyone of you, were kids, you all admired the champion marble player, the fastest runner, the toughest boxer, the big league ball players, and the All-American football players. Americans love a winner. Americans will not tolerate a loser. Americans despise cowards.

Americans play to win all of the time. I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for a man who lost and laughed. That’s why Americans have never lost nor will ever lose a war; for the very idea of losing is hateful to an American.

You are not all going to die. Only two percent of you right here today would die in a major battle. Death must not be feared. Death, in time, comes to all men. Yes, every man is scared in his first battle. If he says he’s not, he’s a liar. Some men are cowards but they fight the same as the brave men or they get the hell slammed out of them watching men fight who are just as scared as they are.

-General Patton

If we were more near to Jesus we should be more near to one another ~ Spurgeon

Apologetics, it seems to me, needs to do more than simply shore up the faith of the faithful–it needs to shake up the unbelief of the unbelieving. -William Dembski

Faith is the reception and the embrace of all that God is for us in Jesus Christ. -John Piper

Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.
― Augustine of Hippo

“The virgin birth does not mean that Mary was herself immaculately conceived and on that ground could be immaculately a mother; but it does mean that out of Mary a sinner, by pure act of God, Jesus is born, the holy Son of God, and that his very birth sanctifies Mary, for it is through her Son that she is redeemed and given to share in the purity and holiness of God.” – Thomas F. Torrance, Incarnation: The Person and Life of Christ, p. 100

To see the law by Christ fulfilled and hear his pardoning voice. Changes a slave into a child, and duty into choice. William Cowper

My goal as a parent is to prepare you for the future not to make you like me. Amy Chua

As atheist philosopher Paul Draper states: “A beautiful universe, especially one containing beings that can appreciate that beauty, is clearly more likely on theism than on naturalism and so is evidence favoring theism over naturalism.” https://theologicalmatters.com/2018/02/02/christianity-and-the-alluring-beauty-of-the-divine-dance-pt-2/

“No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect – No man is greater than his prayer life.” – Ravenhill

“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.” – Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII (425).

“You will find that the false cults and spurious religions, as well as the fanaticists, will make very few inroads into the membership of that church which has been accustomed to an expository ministry.” —Douglas M. White, The Excellence of Exposition, pp. 58–59.

Abortion is the anti-Christ’s demonic parody of the Eucharist. That’s why it uses the same holy words, “This is my body” with the blasphemous opposite meaning. -Peter Kreeft.

JRR Tolkien wrote this in a letter to his son Christopher, who was witnessing students around him feel a sense of shame about the historicity of Genesis and the New Testament:

“I do not now feel either ashamed or dubious on the Eden ‘myth’. It has not, of course, the historicity of the same kind as the NT, which are virtually contemporary documents, while Genesis is separated by we do not know how many sad exiled generations from the Fall, but certainly there was an Eden on this very unhappy earth. We all long for it, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature is still soaked with a sense of ‘exile’.”

“Deep seriousness is not at all an enemy to joy, only to folly.” CS Lewis

Worship is not one hour on Sunday. Worship is coextensive with life. -Ravi Zacharias

“Christian, meditate much on heaven, it will help you to press on.” C. H. Spurgeon

Sending young people into the world without a biblical worldview is like sending as ballplayer onto the field without a playbook. -Voddie Baucham.

The Church must seek to conquer not merely every man for Christ, but also the whole man. -J. Gresham Machen

What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires. -J. Gresham Machen

“Beware you be not swallowed up in books: An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.” –John Wesley

“Politically correct regimes are not liberating students to think for themselves. They are turning students into cadres of self-absorbed reactionaries ready to take orders from the faddish theorist of the moment.” -Nancy Pearcey

“As Rookmaker once said, ‘Many works would be senseless, real junk, but for the fact that, being art, they are exhibited because they have a message of almost religious importance, interpreting man and his world.’ Christians are responsible for learning how to read that message–just as missionaries are responsible for learning the language of the culture where they live. They must also show empathy and understanding to those who are captured by destructive and nihilistic worldviews. As Schaeffer once wrote, there is nothing uglier than theological orthodoxy without understanding or compassion. Only by demonstrating genuine compassion will Christians earn the right to offer a biblical alternative.” -Nancy Pearcey

“Art is a visual language, and Christians have a responsibility to learn that language.” -Nancy Pearcey

“Man with his new [scientific] powers became rich like Midas but all that he touched had gone dead and cold.” -CSL

“You can learn more about a nation from reading yesterday’s novels than today’s newspapers.” -James H. Billington

“If moral knowledge is impossible, then we are left with only political and legal measures to coerce people into compliance. As a result, the same people who aspire to be liberated from what they call oppressive moral codes are actually paving the way for new forms of oppression. As literary theorist Terry Eagleton explains, “‘Value’ is a transitive term: It means whatever is valued by certain people in specific situations.” There is no universal yardstick to measure values. They are merely matters of private taste.And private taste is not open to rational persuasion. All that remains is power and coercion—each group seeking to impose its own preferences on others. As Eagleton says, values are merely ‘the assumptions by which certain social groups exercise and maintain power over others.’ . . . The loss of objectivity in moral thought does not lead to liberation. It leads to oppression. Secular ideologies preach liberty, but they practice tyranny.” -Nancy Pearcey, Saving Leonardo, 41.

Liberals don’t need to have kids, they will just steal yours in college. -Paul Gould

“False ideas are the greatest obstacle to the reception of the gospel.” -J. Gresham Machen

“Ideas penetrate our minds most deeply when communicated through the imaginative language of image, story, and symbol.” Nancy Pearcey

We as communicators are “not merely imparting knowledge about things that ought to be done but rather moving them to do that which they already know must be done.” -St. Augustine

“When worldly men, desiring to live softly and delicately, are intent only on their own convenience.” -John Calvin defining “Lust of the flesh”

“This flesh of mine is ready to betray me into the hands of the world and of the devil, therefore there must be a marvelous strong guard. I must not suffer my affections to rove.” -Richard Sibbes

“The man most concerned about his public appearance before men is never much concerned about his private attitude before God.” –Martyn Lloyd-Jones

From the beginning of the story, God tells humanity what he wants instead of humanity telling God what it wants. Instead of humanity making gods in its image, God makes humanity in his image; and instead of earth making heaven in its image, heaven makes earth and its image. -Peter Kreeft

But when you have joy of a man in God, it is God rather than man that you enjoy. For you enjoy Him by whom you are made happy, and you rejoice to have come to Him in whose presence you place your hope of joy. And accordingly, Paul says to Philemon, “Yea, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord.” For if he had not added “in the Lord,” but had only said, “Let me have joy of you,” he would have implied that he fixed his hope of happiness upon him, although even in the immediate context to “enjoy” is used in the sense of to “use with delight.” For when the thing that we love is near us, it is a matter of course that it should bring delight with it. And if you pass beyond this delight, and make it a means to that which you are permanently to rest in, you are using it, and it is an abuse of language to say that you enjoy it. But if you cling to it, and rest in it, finding your happiness complete in it, then you may be truly and properly said to enjoy it. And this we must never do except in the case of the Blessed Trinity, who is the Supreme and Unchangeable Good. -St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine

He pities us that we may fully enjoy Himself; we pity one another that we may fully enjoy Him. -St Augustine

Art [is] the embodiment of man’s response to reality and his attempt to order his experience of that reality. – John W. Dixon Jr., Nature and Grace in Art

“For though, when the love of God comes first, and the measure of our love for Him is prescribed in such terms that it is evident all other things are to find their centre in Him, nothing seems to be said about our love for ourselves; yet when it is said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” it at once becomes evident that our love for ourselves has not been overlooked.” St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book I.26

“Happiness depends on freedom, and freedom depends on courage.” Pericles

In all these books [that compile Bible] those who fear God and are of a meek and pious disposition seek the will of God. And in pursuing this search the first rule to be observed is, as I said, to know these books, if not yet with the understanding, still to read them so as to commit them to memory, or at least so as not to remain wholly ignorant of them. -St. Augustine, On Christian Doctrine, Book II

“We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.” -C.H. Spurgeon

“Christianity is the most literary religion in the world: it is crammed with characters and stories; much of its doctrine was enshrined in poetry. . . . It is a religion in which the word has special sanctity.” J. B. Broadbent, Paradise Lost: Introduction

“Whatever can be thought clearly can be said clearly.” -John Searle

“If I want potatoes for dinner tomorrow, it will do me little good to plant them in my garden tonight.” -Eugene Peterson

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” -Thomas Edison.

What we revere we resemble, and if we revere ourselves we will attempt to expand our own image egotistically… -G.K. Beale

The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from. -C. S. Lewis

The Church is perishing today through the lack of thinking, not through an excess of it. -J. Gresham Machen

The great delusion of modernity, is that the laws of nature explain the universe for us. The laws of nature describe the universe, they describe the regularities. But they explain nothing. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Firm fixed false belief that is not open to reason or evidence. -definition of delusion according to a dictionary of psychiatry. WLC says that this sounds like atheism.

Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. G.K. Chesterton

If we do have fear, it will be of silence not of preaching. -Gregory of Nazianzus

“As soon as we raise our minds to heaven, we there behold vast grounds of joy which dispel sadness.” -John Calvin

“‘Do or die,’ says Moses. ‘Believe and live,’ says Christ: you must know which is which” -C. H. Spurgeon

The ways of falsehood are infinite, while the way of truth is one. -Parmenides

Our increased restlessness comes from the absence of the presence of God. -Tozer ( look up correct quote)

You and I yearn to see Eden again the capital of the world. -Michael Horton

“The God who has been sufficient until now, should be trusted to the end.”  – Charles Spurgeon

Fairy-stories were plainly not primarily concerned with possibility, but with desirability. If they awakened desire, satisfying it while often whetting it unbearably, they succeeded. -J.R.R. Tolkien

“The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world.” Charles Dickens

“The Gospel appeals to the innermost desires of the human heart. It solves the soul’s greatest problems, fills the spirit’s most urgent needs, and answers the mind’s greatest questions.” -Joe Puckett, Jr.

“Modern skeptical scientists fail to see the beauty of the divine forest through the individual trees.” -Joe Puckett Jr.

Christianity is not just involved with “salvation”, but with the total man in the total world. The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has a value because he is made in the image of God. -Francis Schaeffer

“Is converse with wise and learned men the way to make one wise, much more is converse with God. If travellers return home with experience, how much more he that travels to heaven!” -Richard Baxter

“If a book is easy and fits nicely into all your language conventions and thought forms, then you probably will not grow much from reading it. It may be entertaining, but not enlarging to your understanding. It’s the hard books that count. Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves; digging is hard, but you might find diamonds.” – Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

“A man’s heart never fails to deceive him when he places his trust in it.” -John Owen

“it takes a wise man to be a thorough orator; but it is better not to be an orator if fine speech prevents your being understood. Let eloquence be flung to the dogs rather than souls be lost. What we want is to win souls, and they are not to be won by flowery speeches. We must have the winning of souls at heart, and be red hot with zeal for their salvation; and then, however much we blunder, according to the critics, we shall be numbered among those whom the Lord calls wise.” – Charles Spurgeon

“The spirit of Modernism is not a set of ideas but an atmosphere that shifts from time to time with what is useful.” John Piper

Saint Augustine sees his pains as God being “mercifully hard upon me and besprinkling all my illicit pleasures with certain elements of bitterness, to draw me on to seek for pleasures in which no bitterness should be.” -Kreeft, Heaven

“I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism” – Charles Malik “The Other Side of Evangelism”

“The problem is not only to win souls but to save minds. If you win the whole world and lose the mind of the world, you will soon discover you have not won the world.” -Charles Malik

Definition of White Gaze:

The white gaze describes the perceptions of reality held by the racially dominant group. In the US white cultural norms hold sway. Their patterns of speech, style of dress, standards of beauty, and views about race relations are all considered normal. The white gaze might be a new concept to white people because in a society where they are on top, their perspectives have never been questioned. – Will Standridge on FB…..

Marx called this polylogism: different classes have differing logics. And people wonder why we call these people cultural marxists. https://christianintellectual.com/what-does-justice-require-on-racial-reconciliation/

“Beauty is the bloom on the rose of goodness and truth, the child conceived by their union.” Peter Kreeft

“In Christianity God is not a static thing—not even a person—but a dynamic, pulsating activity, a life, almost a kind of drama. Almost, if you will not think me irreverent, a kind of dance.” C S Lewis

God Himself is the supreme locus and source of all that exists, including all that is true, good, and beautiful. -Ross Inman

“All the beauty to be found throughout the whole creation, is but the reflection of the diffused beams of the Being who hath an infinite fullness of brightness and glory.” -Jonathan Edwards

“Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean.” -Jonathan Edwards

“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? …Of course I could have given up my idea of justice by saying it was nothing but a private idea of my own. But if I did that, then my argument against God collapsed too—for the argument depended on saying that the world was really unjust, not simply that it did not happen to please my private fancies.” (from Mere Christianity)

CSL speaking of the foolishness of his atheism.

Sexual objectification—the treatment of persons as objects—is both a root cause of our contemporary crisis over power and diminished consent, and unavoidable when relationships are largely about the sex.

As I wrote in Cheap Sex, people “need” multiple partners like they need three houses or five automobiles. These are post-materialist wishes, not requirements. Rejecting monogamy was made possible not because we figured out that we were at bottom evolved animals but because we figured out how to effectively prevent pregnancy or end it prematurely, freeing us up to pursue the art of sexuality—crafting the human body for consumption rather than production.


As Aquinas says, the only thing strong enough to overcome an evil passion is a more powerful good passion. The beauty of a sober saint, to which the alcoholic aspires, is a powerful cure for alcoholism. The beauty of the bloody love of Christ can overcome the beauty of the forbidden love of a beautiful body. -Peter Kreeft

“Divine Revelation is the source of all truth, the truth of Christianity included. Reason is the instrument for recognizing. Scripture is it’s verifying principle. Logical consistency is a negative test for truth, and coherence a subordinate test. The task of Christian theology is to exhibit the content of divine revelation as an orderly whole.” -Carl F. H. Henry

“Ease is a greater threat to growth than hardship. I repeat: ease is a greater threat to growth than hardship.” -Jason Taylor, Miami Dolphins, Hall of Famer, class of 2017

True and genuine piety is necessary as the first indispensable requisite; whatever “call” a man may pretend to have, if he has not been called to holiness, he certainly has not been called to the ministry. – Spurgeon

“The effort the writer does not put into writing, the reader has to put into reading.” —Stephen Toulmin

“Neo-atheism is the blind faith that all faith is blind faith.” -John Lennox

Jesus did not content himself with enunciating general principles of religion and ethics; the picture of Jesus as a sage similar to Confucius, uttering wise maxims about conduct, may satisfy Mr. H. G. Wells, as he trips along lightly over the problems of history, but it disappears so soon as one engages seriously in historical research, “Repent,” said Jesus, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” J. Gresham Machen, Christianity & Liberalism

As soon as we reduce the death of Jesus to that of a mere man, so soon do we lose the cardinal point of the New Testament doctrine of the atonement, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself; in the last analysis, the doctrine of the atonement means that God himself bears our sins and shows that the final reality in the universe is his sin-bearing, pardoning love, but if Jesus is not the Son of God, his death can no longer bear this significance. So-called theologies, which reduce talk of the incarnation to the status of myth, may be attractive to modern men, but they take away our assurance that God’s character is sin-bearing love.” -I. Howard Marshall

Sermons aren’t just to make truth clear to the mind-but to make it real to the heart. Change happens by feeding the imagination new beauties -Tim Keller

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” Ellen Parr, quoted in The Vanishing American Adult by Ben Sasse

What the heart trusts, the mind justifies, the emotions desire, and the will carries out.  Everything follows the heart. -Tim Keller

May every cry, “I can’t,”

When yet, in fact, “I must,”

Become by grace, “He can,”

And then, in Him, “I trust.”

John Piper

Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it cannot explain the arrival of the fittest. Hugo De Vries

“In a time of destruction, create something.” -M. H. Kingston

Jesus suffered to provide the gospel. We suffer to propagate the gospel. -David Platt

“Narrative is our culture’s currency, whoever tells the best story wins.” -Bobet Buster

“The gospel teaches us how to live, but it also rescues us when we fail to live the way we are supposed to live.” -John Piper

“Although this response continues to put [natural] selection forward as the hero of the story, again something else has to be doing all the remarkable work of invention. Selection can cause a species to take genetic steps, but without any way of directing those steps, movement of that kind wouldn’t go anywhere.  To reach an interesting destination requires not just steps but coordinated steps, helped along by nicely arranged stepping stones. -Douglas Axe.

“Evolutionary theory ascribes inventive power to natural selection alone. However, because selection can only home in on the fitness signal from an invention after that invention already exists, it can’t actually invent.” -Douglas Axe

“Christianity is…rarely understood by those outside its bounds. In fact, this is probably one of the greatest tasks confronting the apologist–to rescue Christianity from misunderstandings.” –Alister E. McGrath

The hour is coming when we shall be astonished to think what mere trifles were once capable of discouraging us. — John Newton

Meaninglessness comes not from being weary of pain, but of being weary of pleasure. -GKC quoted by Ravi Zacharias.

The great sociologist Philip Rieff argued, American society is in the midst of an unprecedented experiment in building society apart from religion. One of the primary ways we’ve done this is by overthrowing the Judeo-Christian view of sex and gender (a view which, historically, has been affirmed by other civilizations and world religions). By untethering sex from marriage, we have enabled the normalization of hard core pornography, extramarital affairs, explosive growth of STDs, death of 60 million babies in the womb, and a divorce epidemic. And by severing gender identity from God-given sex, we will likewise reap a psychological, social, cultural, and political whirlwind. – B. Ashford

“It is no coincidence that in the thirteenth century and the twenty-first, veneration of dogs arises alongside contempt for burdensome children. Pets permit us to enjoy companionship without commitment and tenderness without sacrifice. They are bred to our liking. They arrive on our terms and live at our pleasure. Human at one moment but not at another, objects of adoration that we can “put down” without sin, pets are more perfect versions of what children become when we refuse to welcome human life that is weak or strange. As playgrounds become dog parks and pets are put into strollers, the symbolism is hard to miss. Dogs are stalking horses of the culture of death.” -Matthew Schmitz

“If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all. But, fortunately, it works the other way round. Anyone who is honestly trying to be a Christian will soon find his intelligence being sharpened: one of the reasons why it needs no special education to be a Christian is that Christianity is an education itself. That is why an uneducated believer like Bunyan was able to write a book that has astonished the whole world.” -C. S. Lewis

Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. Because that and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” Ludwig van Beethoven

Paganism is optimistic with regard to unaided human nature, whereas Christianity is the religion of the broken heart. J. Gresham Machen

Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy.

–Winston Churchill

Bill Hull, in a book entitled Right Thinking writes, “What scares me is the anti-intellectual, anti-critical thinking philosophy that has spilled over into the church.  This philosophy tends to romanticize the faith, making the local church into an experience center.  Their concept of church is that they are spiritual consumers and that the church’s job is to meet their felt needs”.

“And what is happening in the church is that people are going to church not to think, not to reason about the truth, not like the noble Bereans to search the Scriptures to see what is true, but they’re going there to get a weekly spiritual fix, a weekly spiritual high, so they can feel that God is still with them.  They are spiritually unstable because they live on feeling rather than on thinking.” – John MacArthur

And then John Stott in his book Your Mind Matters, this:  “Indeed, sin has more dangerous effects on our faculty of feeling than on our faculty of thinking because our opinions are more easily checked and regulated by revealed truth than are experiences.”

The postmodern move against meaning in words, and against words themselves, is part of an attempt to create not only a world without God but a universe without meaning.

-Kent Hughes

Philosopher of science (and contributing author to a previous book of mine, Is Faith in God Reasonable?), Michael Ruse, concedes:

“… if you want a concession, I’ve always said that naturalism is an act of faith…”

-p. 37 in Intelligent Design: William A. Dembski & Michael Ruse in Dialogue.

“What if you were lost, and everybody at the church witnessed like you do, what chance would you have of being saved?” Bailey Smith

“I want atheism to be true and am made uneasy by the fact that some of the most intelligent and well-informed people I know are religious believers. It isn’t just that I don’t believe in God and, naturally, hope that I’m right in my belief. It’s that I hope there is no God! I don’t want there to be a God; I don’t want the universe to be like that. My guess is that this cosmic authority problem is not a rare condition and that it is responsible for much of the scientism and reductionism of our time” –noted atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel.

“To preach unto people, and not to catechize them, I take to be a building without laying a foundation.” -Christopher Blackwood

“Bedtime makes you realize how completely incapable you are of being in charge of another human being. My children act like they’ve never been to sleep before.” –Jim Gaffigan #ParentingOnPoint

“The object of regeneration is to manifest in the life of believers a harmony & agreement between God’s righteousness & their obedience.” Calvin, Inst III.vi.1

The Anatomy of a Temptation (Genesis 3).

1. Doubting God’s word (v. 1)

2. Downplaying his goodness (v. 2)

3. Magnifying his strictness (v. 3)

4. Lessening his judgment (v. 3)

5. Denying his word (v. 4)

6. Promising benefits from disobedience (v. 5)


The biblical story shows us “that happiness is not only a hope, but also in some strange manner a memory; and that we are all kings in exile.” -G. K. Chesterton

“Writing is hard work, not magic. It begins with deciding why you are writing and whom you are writing for. What is your intent? What do you want the reader to get out of it? . . . It’s also about making a serious time commitment and getting the project done.” —Suze Orman

The modern evolutionary worldview…is still primarily a metaphysical and theological choice and only secondarily physical and material. -William Barrick

Of all the awkward people in your house or job there is only one whom you can improve very much. — C. S. Lewis

The growing precision of our understanding should enhance, and not diminish our sense of wonder. -Alfred Brendel, pianist

I am not what I might be, I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I wish to be, I am not what I hope to be. But I thank God I am not what I once was, and I can say with the great apostle, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”

~ John Newton

It is quite useless for the preacher to breathe out fire and brimstone from the pulpit, if at the same time the occupants of the pews go on taking sin very lightly and being content with the more’ standards of the world. J.G. Machen

“What’s the best way to memorize scripture? It is to do what it says for you to do.” Dr. Dale Johnson

“Aslan,” said Lucy, “you’re bigger.”

“That is because you are older, little one,” answered he.

Lucy: “Not because you are?”

Aslan: “I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger.”

I love this gem from C. S. Lewis’s novel ‘Prince Caspian.’ A profound picture of sanctification.

“The cultural apologist will be an iconoclast within the church, shattering images and the reductive and pragmatic impulses that define much of contemporary Christianity.  She will also be an iconoclast within the institutions that shape the broader culture, pushing back against the dehumanizing impulses that informs the spirit of the age.” – Paul Gould.

“The idea of the journey is the most nearly universal picture of our little lives on planet earth.” – Os Guinness, Fool’s Talk

“What gives [fairy tales] their real power and meaning is the world they evoke. It is a world of magic and mystery, of deep darkness and flickering starlight. It is a world where terrible things happen and wonderful things too . . . . Yet for all its confusion and wildness, it is a world where the battle goes ultimately to the good, who live happily ever after, and where in the long run everybody, good and evil alike, becomes know n by his true name.” -Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth.

The greatest sin of the evangelical church is unapplied orthodoxy. – Carl F. H. Henry.

“The tilling of the soil is the most important task we can do to prepare ourselves and our culture for the seeds of the gospel are planted.” -Makoto Fujimura

“Our lives are directed or constrained by paths paved by the generations before us. Sometimes we can trace the paths . . . . Often they shape us unawares.  What is true of legacies from our parents is true also for our communities and racial and national histories. Cultures are not created overnight. We are affected by layers of experiences, personalities, and works of previous generations. Cultural histories affect us far beyond what we are able to recognize—or, sometimes, admit.” -Makoto Fujimura.

“I am very doubtful whether history shows us one example of a man who, having stepped outside traditional morality and attained power, has used that power benevolently.” -C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Sex has become the religion of the most civilized portions of the earth. The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment. -Malcolm Muggeridge

People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but in the basis of what they find attractive. -Blaise Pascal

The evidence of any complex argument depends very much on the order into which the material circumstances are digested, and the manner in which they are displayed. -George Campbell (The quote is relevant to cumulative case apologetics arguments).

God never performed a miracle to convince an atheist because his ordinary works provide sufficient evidence. -Ariel Roth

One who claims to be skeptic of one set of beliefs is actually a true believer in another set of beliefs. -Phillip E. Johnson

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. -Winston Churchill

The words of Scripture are inerrant in their inspiration, sufficient in their preservation, and life-transforming when their application is based on sound interpretation and the Spirit’s illumination. Dr Timothy P Jones

The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered.” -United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, 2015

The narration of the facts is history; the narration of the facts with the meaning of the facts is doctrine.  J. Gresham Machen

The job of a football coach(Teacher,Pastor)-make men do what they don’t want to do, in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted to be. -Tom Landry

“The intimate work of binding the broken involves dressing the seeping wounds of the soul. Nearness is necessary to bind wounds, but that nearness is often unsanitary. Christ, the good Shepherd, demonstrated that binding the broken was hands-on work. He came to the earth to dwell among us, to taste our suffering and weakness, and to endure the brunt of our fall into death. He compassionately touched the wounded and broken in spirit as One who identified with them, not as one who feared dirty hands.”

-Dale Johnson in “Pastoral Ministry: The Ministry of a Shepherd (A Treasury of Baptist Theology)” edited by Deron Biles.

“God abides in a terrible patience,

Unangered, unworn,

And again for the child that was squandered –

A child is born.”

-G.K. Chesterton,

“The Nativity”

“Suffering dispels the illusion that we have the strength and competence to rule our own lives.” -Tim Keller

If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible,  no good, very bad day. Our feelings are very fleeting and ephemeral,  aren’t they? We can’t depend on them for five minutes at a time. But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe. -Elisabeth Elliot

“Liberalism has followed the path of devaluing natural communities in favour of those created by acts of will.” -Oliver O’Donovan

“The reason God will never stop loving you is that he never began.” -Gerhard Vos (Jeremiah 31:3)

Attempting to do conflict resolution through text messaging is like attempting to call for an ambulance through postal mail. The medium matters. -Tim Challies

The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. G.K. Chesterton

Who taught us that in order to truly be just and equitable, you have to have representatives of different races, different demographics? Who taught us that? Modern multicultural liberalism. Where is that in the Bible? Where in the law of Moses, did God require that the judges of Israel appoint representatives for all of the ethnic minorities, those mixed multitudes that came out of Egypt? Where are they required to have female representatives on their city councils and young people to make sure their interests were not overlooked? Where? Nowhere. The biblical requirement is justice: blind, even-handed justice. This is love for the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. The fear of the Lord, love of His law, hatred of covetousness – that is what God requires, those kind of men, wherever they are from, whatever shade of skin, whoever their parents or grandparents were. That is biblical justice. Justice is not concocted from the right mix of special interest groups. –Toby Sumpter

Watch what people are cynical about, and you will often discover what they lack. -George S. Patton.

Chapter one of the Great Story, which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before. -CS Lewis

John Piper: “You don’t have a need that God won’t supply if you trust him. He will meet every need of his children who wait for him.”

Quite honestly, I’m exhausted by Christians who don’t want to learn more. It’s one thing to not know much about our faith, but another to have no desire to grow…I’m saddened that atheists are so passionate about what they believe that they will read stacks of books in order to define their beliefs, while we are happy to float along the surface with a (no offense) ‘Hillsong-deep theology’ and call it good. And we wonder why people are leaving the Church in droves! A church that offers only emotional, squishy feel-good theology is going to lose the long-term wrestling match to a well-read and convincing atheist nearly every time. — Ethan Renoe (from, The Dumbing Down of Christianity)

“Every unmortified sin will certainly do two things: 1. It will weaken the soul, and deprive it of its vigor [and] 2. It will darken the soul, and deprive it of its comfort and peace.” – John Owen

Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said, “Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he becomes involved in it, the more disastrous is his isolation.”

“Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” -Blaise Pascal

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only–and that is to support the ultimate career. -CS Lewis

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. CSL

We read to know that we are not alone. -CSL

Last Sunday night, my dear brother told us a little story which I shall never forget. He was at Croydon Hospital one night, as one of those appointed to visit it. All the porters had gone home, and it was time to shut up for the night. He was the only person in the hospital, with the exception of the physician, when a boy came running in, saying that there was a railway accident, and someone must go round to the station with a stretcher. The doctor said to my brother, “Will you take one end of the stretcher if I take the other?” “Oh, yes!” was the cheerful reply; and so away went the doctor and the pastor with the stretcher. They brought a sick man back with them. My brother said, “I went often to the hospital during the next week or two, because I felt so much interest in the man whom I had helped to carry.” I believe he will always take an interest in that man, because he once felt the weight of him. When you know how to carry a man on your heart, and have felt the burden of his case, you will have his name engraven upon your soul. So you that privately talk to people, you are feeling the weight of souls; and I believe that this is what many regular preachers need to know more of; and then they will preach better. -CH Spurgeon

God never clothes men until he has first stripped them, nor does He quicken them by the gospel till first they are slain by the law. -CH Spurgeon

It is the whole Bible which was given to make whole Christians. -Sinclair Ferguson

The Christian is restrained from doing certain things in order that he may do other things that are infinitely more worth while. J. Gresham Machen

“If you want to know a man’s position, you need to know the man’s direction.” -Ben Witherington

“My grandma once said: Don’t be so open-minded that your brain falls out.”-Steve Gaines

“A Child in a foul stable,

Where beasts feed and foam;

Only where He was homeless

Are you and I at home:

We have hands that fashion and heads that know,

But our hearts we lost—how long ago!

In a place no chart nor ship can show

Under the sky’s dome.

To an open house in the evening

Home shall men come,

To an older place than Eden

And a taller town than Rome.

To the end of the way of the wandering star,

To the things that cannot be and that are,

To the place where God was homeless

And all men are at home.”

-G. K. Chesterton

“The preacher who has never learned in the school of Christ the high and divine act of intercession for his people will never learn the art of preaching, though homiletics be poured into him by the ton, and though he be the most gifted genius in sermon-making and sermon-delivery.” -E. M. Bounds

John Knox prayed with heart, “Give me Scotland or I die.”

“Memory is the process by which past learning becomes effective in the present.”

“Without imagination the principles of preaching cannot be utilized in effective practice. It is regarded by many as the most important of all factors which go to make the preacher. Imagination is the imaging function of the mind. It is thinking by seeing, as contrasted with reasoning.” -John A. Broadus

“A wise use of the principle of hermeneutics will give you information, but you need to add imagination if your ministry is to be effective. It has well been said that the purpose of a sermon is not to discuss a subject, but to achieve an object; and that requires a certain amount of imagination.” -Warren Wiersbe

“Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.” -Joseph Conrad

“The success of a message depends on its being understood. If the message is not grasped, then all else is lost. Clarity has to be the beginning point and the most important point of style.” -John A. Broadus

“Imagination is one of the most God-like capacities of man. It plays a significant role in all creative pursuits. The poet, the novelist, the dramatist, the musician, the painter, the sculptor, and architect would be sadly handicapped without the use of imagination.” -Farris D. Whitesell

“He who cannot find water in the sea is not more foolish than the man who cannot perceive sin in his members.” –C.H. Spurgeon.

“No sin against God can be little, because it is against the great God of heaven and earth; but if the sinner can find out a little God, it may be easy to find out little sins.” -John Bunyan

“If you already distrust the man you are going to meet, everything he says or does will seem to confirm your suspicions. We can find a book bad only by reading it as if it might, after all, be very good. We must empty our minds and lay ourselves open. There is no work in which holes can’t be picked; no work that can succeed without a preliminary act of good will on the part of the reader.” C. S. Lewis, An Experiment in Criticism, 116.

“Belief in miracles does not destroy the integrity of scientific methodology, only its sovereignty.” -Norman Geisler.

In response to the question “Are some sins worse than other sins?”:

“All sin is equally wrong, but not all sin is equally bad. Acts are either right or wrong, either constant with God’s will or not. But among good acts some are better than others, and among wrong acts some are worse than others.” -Alvin Plantinga

I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent to which it’s been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history books in the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has. -Malcolm Muggeridge

As C. S. Lewis wrote in Perelandra, “Whatever you do, [God] will make good of it. But not the good he had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.”

“Let neither a relapse into sin deter you from coming those to Christ; nor the most spotless continuance in holiness render such a mode of coming to him unnecessary in your eyes. This is the way in which you may come, however aggravated may have been your guilt; and this is the way in which you must come, however eminent your attainments.” -Charles Simeon

“Don’t dredge up your forgiven past sins. If God has buried them in the deepest sea as the Scripture says, that means he has put up a no fishing sign over them. Live your life looking to the future, not the past.” – David Allen

“To wrap yourself up in excuses is to be naked before the great white throne.” – George Morrison

“He who cannot find water in the sea is not more foolish than the man who cannot perceive sin in his members.” – C. H. Spurgeon

“The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self—all your wishes and precautions—to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call ‘ourselves,’ to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time be ‘good.’ We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way—centered on money or pleasure or ambition—and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. If I am a field that contains nothing but grass seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and resown.” -C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity. (My new favorite CSL quote, reminds me of Hosea 10:12).

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” -George Washington, first inaugural address April 30, 1789

“I cannot tell you why a prayer that has been prayed for ten years is answered on the one-thousandth request when God has met it for the first 999 with silence.” – John Piper

“Work without prayer is atheism; but prayer without work is presumption.” -Unknown

“What is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness.” Edmond Burke

“What you live is what you really believe; everything else is just so much religious talk.” -Vance Havner

Why go to Seminary: “When you plan to chop down a forest, sharpening your axe is not a waste of time.” -IDK, but sounded good!

“If I set the sun beside the moon,

And if I set the land beside the sea,

And if I set the town beside the country,

And if I set the man beside the woman,

I suppose some fool would talk about one being better.”

-G. K. Chesterton

“You might as well try to hear without ears, or breathe without lungs, as try to live a Christian life is without the Spirit of God in your heart.” -D. L. Moody

“All Word and no Spirit, you dry up. All Spirit and no Word, you blow up. Combine the Word and the Spirit, you will grow up.” -Bill Bennett

“A neglected [prayer] closet is the beginning of all spiritual decline.” -Spurgeon

“To walk with God is to study His character, meditate on His words, search for His purpose, and converse with Him in prayer. The more one walks with God, marinates his messages in the presence of Jesus, and seeks the guidance of the Holy Spirit in both life and message, the more obvious it becomes to people of discernment that the preacher is a messenger straight from the throne room of the Lord.” -Paige Patterson “Ancient Rhetoric: A Model for Text-Driven Preachers”, 19.

If you treat a man as he is, he will stay as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become the bigger and better man. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“always be reading and get as many books as you can afford. When in doubt whether to buy a pair of pants or a book, buy a book!” (CS Lewis).

“We do not want a church that will move with the world. We want a church that will move the world.” -G. K. Chesterton

A young Timothy George being encouraged by a ninety-two year old evangelist said to him when they were both younger, “Timothy, read all you can, learn all you can, and don’t be afraid of ideas. You can believe the tomb is empty without your head having to be!” -Sam D. Sharp

Russell Moore on the Southern Baptist Future JUNE 14, 2016 BY EDITOR LEAVE A COMMENT by Russell Moore:

Novelist William Faulkner once famously told students at the University of Virginia that the southern evangelicals so prevalent in his Bible-Belt ecosystem were not religious. Surprised, the students asked, “If they’re not religious, then what are they?” Faulkner replied, “Well, they’re Southern Baptist.” What the great man of letters meant was that, in his view, to be a Southern Baptist was a matter of cultural orientation, not a matter of a set of theological precepts or ethical practices or even political stances. For him Southern Baptist identity wasn’t primarily about believer’s baptism or local church congregationalism or the priesthood of all believers or religious liberty. It wasn’t even about God or Jesus or the Bible. It was primarily about an “emotional condition” that was inseparable from the experience of life in the poor and rural American South. To be a Southern Baptist wasn’t, he argued, to identify with a particular intellectual or liturgical condition but rather to simply be a type of person born in a particular place in a particular time. -Russell Moore, http://www.bhacademicblog.com/russell-moore-on-the-southern-baptist-future/

I preach as never sure to preach again, as a dying man to dying men. -Richard Baxter

“To being with, every well-informed Bible reader will admit without hesitation that not one of the four accounts of the resurrection is complete, reporting all the facts. Neither is there one among them which makes the claim of being exhaustive. Each one reports actual occurrences, but not all the pertinent occurrences. It will be allowed by all fair-minded persons that reports may be fragmentary, incomplete, and yet true. If this simple principle is borne in mind, most of the difficulties contained in the resurrection story will vanish.” -William Arndt

Clarity and courage remain two of the most crucial characteristics of authentic Christian preaching. For they relate to the content of the message preached and to the style of its presentation.

Some preachers have the gift of lucid teaching, but their sermons lack solid content; their substance has become diluted by fear.

Others are bold as lions. They fear nobody, and omit nothing. But what they say is confused and confusing.

Clarity without courage is like sunshine in the desert: plenty of light but nothing worth looking at.

Courage without clarity is like a beautiful landscape at night time: plenty to see, but no light by which to enjoy it.

What is needed in the pulpits of the world today is a combination of clarity and courage, or of ‘utterance’ and ‘boldness’. – John Stott

The almost impossible thing is to hand over your whole self to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are trying to do instead. -C.S. Lewis

 “If all the world were Christian it might not matter if all the world were uneducated. But a cultural life will exist outside the Church whether it exists inside or not. To be ignorant and simple now-not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground-would be to throw down our weapons, and betray our uneducated brethren who have no defense but us against intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered. The cool intellect must work not only against cool intellect on the other side, but against muddy heathen mysticisms which deny intellect altogether. Most of all, perhaps, we need intimate knowledge of the past. The learned life is then, for some, a duty.” -C.S. Lewis.

“The Torah is given for a specific period of time, and is then set aside—not because it was a bad thing now happily abolished, but because it was a good thing whose purpose had now been accomplished.” -N. T. Wright

“Baptists aim to restore the order of the primitive churches. They make no appeal to tradition, the Fathers, or expediency. They simply ask, ‘What do the Scriptures teach?’ They follow the New Testament model of a church, and invite all to test them by it. It is not strange, therefore, that they confidently appeal to God’s Word for proof of the correctness of all they do. They take it all from the Bible, and therefore they know it can all be found there. Take any Scripture account of the course pursued by the apostles, or of the practice of gospel churches, and you will find the counterpart in a Baptist church.” -John Quincy Adams

“Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle.” -Charles Spurgeon

“So invariable has been my observation that he who does not accept wholeheartedly the evangelical, conservative belief in Christ and the Scriptures has never read, has forgotten, or never been able to weigh—and certainly is utterly unable to refute—the irresistible force of the cumulative evidence upon which such faith rests.” – Supreme Court attorney Irwin Linton, A Lawyer Examines the Bible

“Traditionally, tolerance of other viewpoints meant that even though I think those viewpoints are dead wrong and will argue against them fervently, nevertheless, I will defend your right to argue your own case. Just as importantly, I will treat you with respect as an image bearer of God, even though your views are abhorrent to me.” -JP Moreland, Loving God With All Your Mind, 31.

“Humility is the proper estimate of oneself.” -C.H. Spurgeon

“Training the mind is an essential responsibility of the home, the church, and the school. Unless evangelicals prod young people to disciplined thinking, they waste—even undermine—one of Christianity’s most precious resources.” – Carl F. H. Henry

“The church is safe from vicious persecution at the hands of the secularist, as educated people have finished with stake-burning circuses and torture racks. No martyr’s blood is shed in the secular west. So long as the church knows her place and remains quietly at peace on her modern reservation. Let the babes pray and sing and read their Bibles, continuing steadfastly in their intellectual retardation; the church’s extinction will not come by sword or pillory, but by the quiet death of irrelevance. But let the church step off the reservation, let her penetrate once more the culture of the day and the…face of secularism will change from a benign smile to a savage snarl.” -R.C. Sproul, John Gerstner, and Arthur Lindsley

Former President of the United Nations General Assembly said, “I must be frank with you: the greatest danger confronting American Evangelical Christianity is the danger of anti-intellectualism. The mind in its greatest and deepest reaches is not cared for enough.” -Charles Malik (1906-1987).

“An untested Christian is an unprepared Christian” -(Warren Wiersbe).

“Anti-intellectualism was a feature of American revivalism” -George Marsden

Ignorance is the Mother, not of Devotion, but of HERESY. -Cotton Mather

“When human autonomy becomes an idol, human life becomes expendable.” -Albert Mohler, The Briefing, 5/26/2016

“Our primary business in life is not business, or construction work, or sales, or teaching, or even motherhood, but becoming a complete human being.” -Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! . . . We are arrant knaves all.” -William Shakespeare, Hamlet

“I will not call it my philosophy; for I did not make it. God and humanity made it; and it made me.” -G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“The orthodox Church never took the tame course or accepted the conventions; the orthodox Church was never respectable . . . It is always easier to let the age have its head; the difficult thing is to keep one’s own.” -G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

“Let us speak the truth to one another in love, for truth without love is not really truth. It is rather a perverted form of puffed-up pride, just as love without truth is not really love, but mere mushy sentimentality.” -Timothy George

Humility, the place of entire dependence on God, is from the very nature of things the first duty and the highest virtue of his creatures. -Andrew Murray

Pride must die in you or nothing of heaven can live in you. -Andrew Murray

“Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living; tradition is the living faith of the dead.” -Jaroslav Pelikan

The conclusion of an atheistic worldview:

“That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin, his growth, his hopes and fears, his loves and his beliefs, are but the outcome of accidental collocations of atoms; that no fire, no heroism, no intensity of thought and feeling, can preserve an individual life beyond the grave; that all the labours of the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius, are destined to extinction in the vast death of the solar system, and that the whole temple of Man’s achievement must inevitably be buried beneath the débris of a universe in ruins—all these things, if not quite beyond dispute, are yet so nearly certain, that no philosophy which rejects them can hope to stand. Only within the scaffolding of these truths, only on the firm foundation of unyielding despair, can the soul’s habitation henceforth be safely built.” -Bertrand Russell, Free Man’s Worship. Note: Atheism is living in the state of unyielding despair. Noted well by one of the most notorious atheists of the 20th Century.

We must picture him neither as an indulgent God who compromises his holiness… nor as a harsh, vindictive God who suppresses his love…How then can God express his holiness without consuming us and his love without condoning our sins? How can God satisfy his holy love?… We reply at this point only that, in order to satisfy himself, he sacrificed—indeed substituted—himself for us. -John Stott

“We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words–to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

“The Holy Spirit indwelling the individual Christian is not only the agent of Christ, but he is also the agent of the Father. . . . I am in a personal relationship with each of the members of the Trinity. God the Father is my Father; I am in union with the Son; I am indwelt by the Holy Spirit. This is not just meant to be doctrine; it is what I have now.” -Francis Schaeffer

“Thus the things of the Trinity are undivided: and whereas the communion is of the Spirit, it hath been found of the Son; and whereas the grace is of the Son, it is also of the Father and of the Holy Spirit. . . . And I say these things, not confounding the Persons, (away with the thought!) but knowing both the individuality and distinctness of These, and the Unity of the Substance.” -John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, (397-405).

“Jesus was sent by his Father into the world (John 3:17) by means of the incarnation (1:14) with the end of saving the world (1:29); now that Jesus’ disciples no longer belong to the world (15:19), they must also be sent back into the world (20:21) in order to bear witness, along with the Paraclete.” -DA Carson, The Gospel According to John, 649.

The doctrine of the Trinity is nothing other than the conceptual framework needed to understand the story of Jesus as the story of God. -Pinchas Lapide & Jürgen Moltmann, Jewish Monotheism and Christian Tradition (1981)

If you really long to save men’s souls, you must tell them a great deal of disagreeable truth. -C.H. Spurgeon

Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves. -St. Augustine.

What is autonomous freedom? It means a freedom in which the individual is the center of the universe. Autonomous freedom is a freedom that is without restraint. Therefore, as man begins to feel the weight of the machine pressing upon him, Rousseau and others swear and curse, as it were, against the science which threatens their human freedom. The freedom that they advocate is autonomous in that it has nothing to restrain it. It is freedom without limitations. It is freedom that no longer fits into the rational world. It merely hopes and tries to will that the finite individual man will be free—and that which is left is individual self-expression. -Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason

“One of the great practical preachers problems of the Christian life, . . ., is to stand squarely for truth and squarely against error, and yet to maintain heart charity toward Christians who differ with us.” -John A. Broadus (1827-95).

“No one is so happy as a true Christian, or so reasonable, virtuous, and lovable.” -Blaise Pascal

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”- G.K.Chesterton

“Now we have many enemies, but at death they are all lost; they cannot follow us beyond the grave.” – George Whitefield

God is not like men, so as to be wearied out or exhausted by conferring kindness. — John Calvin

“Fides omnium christianorum in Trinitate consistorum” (“The faith of all Christians rests on the Trinity”). -Caesarius of Arles, 5th Century preacher of Gallic, France

“The central problem of our age is not liberalism or modernism, nor the old Roman Catholicism or the new Roman Catholicism, nor the threat of communism, nor even the threat of rationalism and the monolithic consensus which surrounds us. All these are dangerous but not the primary threat.  The real problem is this: the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, individually or corporately, tending to do the Lord’s work in the power of the flesh rather than of the Spirit.  The central problem is always in the midst of the people of God, not in the circumstances surrounding them.” -Francis Schaeffer, No Little People

“Two wonders I confess: The wonders of his glorious love, and my unworthiness.” — E.C. Clephane

“The Bible was not given for our information but for our transformation.” -D.L. Moody

“Humility is the bloom and the beauty of holiness. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is its lack of humility.”… Andrew Murray

“Do anything in ministry that shakes hell’s foundations and a shaken devil will soon be on your case.” -Paige Patterson

“God doesn’t makes imitators into sons, His sons imitate Him.” -Martin Luther

“Man understands himself only when he has realized that he is the one to whom God communicates himself. Thus we may say that the mystery of the Trinity is the last mystery of our own reality, and that it is experienced precisely in this reality. This does not imply, of course, that we might, from this experience, by mere individual reflexion, conceptually objectivate the mystery. In line with this idea we might point out here that the incomprehensible, primordial, and forever mysterious unity of transcendence through history and of history into transcendence holds its ultimate depths and most profound roots in the Trinity, in which the Father is the incomprehensible origin and the original unity, the ‘Word’ his utterance into history, and the ‘Spirit’ the opening up of history into the immediacy of its fatherly origin and end.  And precisely this Trinity of salvation history, as it reveals itself to us by deeds, is the ‘immanent’ Trinity.” -Karl Rahner, The Trinity, p. 46-7.

“Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.” –Mark Twain

My biggest fear is that I will hear Jesus’ words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him.” David Platt

“If you do not worship God all seven days of the week, then you do not worship him on one day of the week.” -A.W. Tozer

“But you cannot go on ‘explaining away’ for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on ‘seeing through’ things forever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it.  It is good that the window should be transparent, because the garden or street beyond it is opaque. How if you saw through the garden too? . . . a wholly transparent world is an invisible world. To ‘see through’ all things is the same as not to see.” -CS Lewis, The Abolition of Man

“The new rebel is a skeptic, and will not trust anything . . . [but] therefore he can never be really a revolutionary. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind. . . . Therefore the modern man in revolt has become practically useless for all purposes of revolt. By rebelling against everything he has lost his right to rebel against anything. . . . There is a thought that stops thought. That is the only thought that ought to be stopped.” -G. K. Chesterton

“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” -Malcolm Muggeridge

Preaching is an extension of life not something tacked on. – Ian Hamilton

“Wow! That clean shaven guy looks so manly!” -No one ever

“We must start in the Word to drive our missions. Not driven by what brings results but from exegesis of the Word. Passion and practice from start to finish must be driven by the Word.” -David Platt, President of the IMB, SWBTS Chapel, March 1, 2016.

“Human beings, all over the earth have this curious idea that they ought to behave in a certain way, and cannot really get rid of it.” -CS Lewis, Mere Christianity

We find in the universe, “a real law, which none of us made, but which we find pressing on us.” -CS Lewis, Mere Christianity.

“If he had wished to overcome the obstinacy of the most hardened, he could have done so by revealing himself to them so plainly that they could not doubt the truth of his essence . . . It was therefore not right that he should appear in a manner manifestly divine and absolutely capable of convincing all men, but neither was it right that his coming should be so hidden that he could not be recognized by those who sincerely sought him.   He wished to make himself perfectly recognizable to them. Thus wishing to appear openly to those who seek him with all their heart and hidden from those who shun him with all their heart, he has qualified our knowledge of him by giving signs which can be seen by those who seek him and not by those who do not. ‘There is enough light for those who desire only to see and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition.’” -Blaise Pascal, Pensées.

“I am sure as I am of the fact of Christ’s reign that a comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling engine for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief, social and political, which this sin-rent world has ever seen.” – Professor A. A. Hodge, Princeton Theological Seminary in 1887

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we must be saved by hope.” -Reinhold Niebuhr

I have reason to praise him for my trials, for, most probably, I should have been ruined without them. —John Newton

Dressing well is a form of good manners. -Tom Ford

“They say of some temporal suffering, ‘No future bliss can make up for it,’ not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backward and turn even that agony into a glory.” -CS Lewis.

“I believe like a child that suffering will be healed and made up for, that all humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidean mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood that they’ve shed; that it will make it not only possible to forgive but to justify all that has happened.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, Chapter 34

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

“Scholarship should be used to build Christ’s spiritual kingdom, not to build an academic kingdom for one’s self.” -Dr. Norm Geisler

Sermon application: “the alignment of God’s people to God’s demand.”  -A. Kuruvilla

The easiest work in the world is to find fault – Spurgeon

It’s the best of times and it’s the worst of times. -Charles Dickens

“Let the treacherous deal treacherously, let the transgressor transgress–we shall preach what we know. We shall climb a lofty mountain and shout it out, if we are not given a hearing below. We shall extol the Spirit: we shall not be afraid. If we do have fear, it will be of silence not of preaching.” -St. Gregory of Nazianus, Oration 31.3

“For I do not seek to understand in order to believe; I believe in order to understand. For I also believe that “Unless I believe, I shall not understand.” -Saint Anselm, 1033-1109 AD

Man is the product of causes that had no prevision of the end they were achieving. -Bertrand Russell. (Darwinism and telos) A very sad story indeed.

I spend half my time telling Christians to study doctrine and the other half telling them that doctrine is not enough. –Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“If you are in the ministry for any other reason but Jesus, you are destined to become a bitter old man. You may be mistreated, unappreciated, and disrespected, but none of that matters if you are serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Do all to the glory of God.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Give your mornings to God, your afternoons to the church, and your evenings to your family. You may not be able to do this all the time, but it is a good goal for which to strive.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Minister to your own family as you minister to other families. I have talked with scores of people who felt neglected by their preacher fathers. If you fail as a parent, you aren’t likely to succeed as a pastor.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Preach through books of the Bible. This is the best way to teach your God’s Word, and in the process, you will feed your own soul as well.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Love the people in your congregation. Mean people? Yes. Ornery people? Yes. Irregular people? Yes.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Whatever unjust criticism you receive in the ministry, pass it on to the Lord. Tell the Lord on them!  Whatever praise you receive in the ministry, pass it on to the Lord. After all, you aren’t in the ministry for your sake, but for his sake.” -Dr. Jerry Vines

“Let us conduct our debates within our frontiers, and not be carried away to Egypt or dragged off to Assyria. Let us not ‘sing the song of the Lord in a foreign land,’ by which I mean before any and every audience, heathen or Christian, friend or foe, sympathetic or hostile: these keep all too close a watch on us, and they would wish that the spark of our dissensions might become a conflagration; they kindle it, they fan it, by means of its own draught they raise it to the skies, and without our knowing what they are up to, they make it higher than those flames at Babylon which blazed all around. Having no strength in their own teaching, they hunt for it in our weakness, and for this reason like flies settling on wounds, they settle on our misfortunes—or should I say our mistakes? Let us be blind to our doings no longer, and let not neglect the proprieties in these matters. If we cannot resolve our disputes outright, let us at least make this mutual concession, to utter spiritual truths with the restraint due to them, to discuss holy things in a holy manner, and not to broadcast to profane hearing what is not to be divulged. Do not let us prove that we are less reverent than those who worship demons and venerate obscene tales and objects; they would sooner give their blood than disclose certain words to non-initiates. We must recognize that as in dress, diet, laughter, and deportment there are certain standards of decency, the same is true of utterance and silence, particularly as we pay especial honor to “The Word’ among the titles and properties of God. Let even our contentiousness by governed by rules.” -St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 27.5

“It is more important that we should remember God than that we should breathe: indeed, if one may say so, we should do nothing else besides.” – St. Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 27.4

“The central question when we journey from Athens to Jerusalem is cognitive: How can we know that the claims of Christianity — the movement inaugurated by Jesus and his followers—are true? But the central question in the journey from Jerusalem to Athens is volitional: Are we humans willing to locate our lives within God’s story, giving up our self-focus and self-salvation plans for the sake of the love of God and humanity?” – Paul Moser

“God usually exerts [his regenerative] power in connection with certain prior conditions of the human mind, and it should be ours to create, so far as we can, with the help of God, those favourable conditions for the reception of the gospel.  False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more that a harmless delusion.” – J. Gresham Machen, What is Christianity, delivered at the opening of the 101st session of Princeton Theological Seminary on September 20, 1912.

“If he had wished to overcome to obstinacy of the most hardened , he could have done so by revealing himself to them so plainly that they could not doubt the truth of his essence . . . It was therefore not right the he should appear in a manner manifestly divine and absolutely capable of convincing all men, but neither was it right that his coming should be so hidden that he could not be recognized by those who sincerely sought him. He wished to make himself perfectly recognizable to them. Thus wishing to appear openly to those who seek him with all their heart and hidden from those who sun him with all their heart, he has qualified our knowledge of him by giving signs which cane be seen by those who seek him and not by those who do not. ‘There is enough light for those who desire only to see and enough darkness for those of a contrary disposition.’” -Blaise Pascal, Pensées.

“Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?” -Thomas Jefferson

“Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of learning shall forever be encouraged.” -James Madison.

“Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason, and experience forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” -George Washington

“[History shows] the necessity of a public religion, the advantage of a religious character among private persons and the excellency of the Christian religion above all others, ancient or modern. [The great mass of men and women] have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue, and to retain them in the practice of it until it becomes habitual.” -Benjamin Franklin

When conversing over the importance of discussing ethics, Socrates said in Plato’s Republic, “We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live.”

Be careful of the person who insists, “You can’t legislate morality!” Whether that statement is true depends on what is meant by “morality.” IF moral beliefs, motives, or intentions are meant, then those certainly cannot be legislated. In fact, the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of religion and speech, was written to keep that state out of the business of imposing beliefs on its citizens. That is, it was to protect the church from the state, not to protect the state from the church. A person’s genuine moral intent is changed by persuasion, not coercion, since intent has to do with one’s free choices.  But if by morality one means “moral behavior,” then that can be, and is, legislated virtually every day around the world.  Some cultures, such as Islamic cultures, use the force of law more routinely to enforce private moral behavior among consenting adults. But virtually every law is the imposition of someone’s morality, given the overlap between most laws and the moral principles that undergird them. -Scott B. Rae, Moral Choices: An Introductions to Ethics, 19.

“When I find myself in temptation, then I quickly lay hold and fasten on some text in the Bible.” -Luther

Character is the tendency of a person to act in predictable ways over time. -Scott Rae, Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, 17.

I advise you by all means to keep close to the atonement. The doctrine of the cross is the sun in the system of truth. — John Newton

When we deal seriously with our sins, God will deal gently with us – Spurgeon

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. -Jeremiah Burroughs

“The believer ‘put off’ the body of flesh ‘in the circumcision of Christ,’ and he was buried with Christ in baptism. The language is pictorial, but it clearly points to the believer’s involvement in Christ’s death and burial. That is, the believer doesn’t simply die like Jesus did, and become buried in a pool as Jesus was buried in a tomb; rather he is involved in Christ’s gory death, and he is laid in Christ’s grace.  The primary declaration of baptism therefore is, ‘I was with him there, on the cross, and in his grave.’”
-G.R. Beasley Murray, The Second Chapter of Colossians.

“Take away free will and there will be nothing left to save; take away grace and there will be no means left of salvation.” -Bernard of Clairvaux

“Without God we cannot, without us, he will not.” -Augustine of Hippo

“Most Christians have heard about Calvinism, but not as many are familiar with Molinism. I suspect some who embrace Calvinism do so because they recognize the Bible teaches that God is sovereign and Calvinism is the only theological system of which they are aware that attempts to do justice to God’s sovereignty. Calvinism often wins by default, especially when Arminianism is understood to be the alternative. Simply put, Molinism argues that God perfectly accomplishes His will in free creatures through use of his omniscience. It reconciles two crucial biblical truths: (1) God exercises sovereign control over all His creation, and (2) human beings made free choices and decisions for which they must give account.” -Kenneth Keathley, Salvation and Sovereignty: A Molinist Approach, 4-5.

“Whoever makes a whole judgment and does not lay the counter-Scriptures on the same scale next to it, to him a half-truth is more damaging than a whole lie.” -Balthasar Hubmaier, Anabaptist Theologian and Martyr.

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. -Winston Churchill.

“All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists.” -D.A. Carson.

“It is one thing to see the forward path and another to be able to take it.” Winston Churchill.

“God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to them.” -George Whitefield

True love to souls will become in us the spirit of intercession. It is possible to do a great deal of faithful, earnest work for our fellowmen without true love to them. Just as a lawyer or a physician, from a love of his profession and a high sense of faithfulness to duty, may interest himself most thoroughly in clients or patients without any special love of each, so servants of Christ may give themselves to their work with devotion and even self-sacrificing enthusiasm without the Christlike love to souls being strong. It is this lack of love that causes us so much shortcoming in prayer. It is as love of our profession and work, delight in thoroughness an diligence, sink away in the tender compassion of Christ, that love will compel us to prayer, because we cannot rest in our work if souls are not saved. True love must pray. -Andrew Murray, The Ministry of Intercession, 21-22.

Biblical theology discloses the unity of the Bible. It takes the Bible’s unifying elements and shows how they contribute to a unified picture, which presents unity in the midst of diversity. -Paul Hoskins

“‘You seem,’ said Trypho, ‘to have debated with many person on every possible topic, and consequently are ready to answer any of my questions.’” Spoken to Justin Martyr, second century Greek apologist. In Dialogue with Trypho.

“Arrogance always attends the slightest success.” Gerhard Forde

“Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital “T.” Truth about total reality, not just about religious things. Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality–and the intellectual holding of that Total Truth and then living in the light of that Truth.” -Francis Schaeffer, Address at the University of Notre Dame, April 1981.

As John Barclay puts it, the household code “is thus entirely consistent with the universalizing thrust of the letter (Colossians) as a whole, in which the tendrils of the Christ-event spread out, as it were, to cover the whole surface of life.”

“Christ governs the entire universe, including the mundane affairs of the household.” -Douglas Moo, Colossians, 298

Many 21st century American minister’s of the Gospel would think any ‘inconvenience’ would interrupt ‘ministry’, Paul didn’t see imprisonment as an interruption, but an opportunity for the Gospel. This had to be founded upon God’s sovereignty over his circumstances! (Phil. 1:12-13 “I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ”). -Travis McNeely, citing and trying to understand the Apostle Paul.

Work is always healthier for us than idleness; it is always better to wear out shoes than sheets. —C.H. Spurgeon

“The worst moment for an atheist is when he is really thankful and has no one to thank.”  -GK Chesterton

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”  -GK Chesterton

“The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.”  -GK Chesterton

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”  -GK Chesterton

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”  -GK Chesterton

“When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?” -GK Chesterton

“Christ establishes not only the pattern but the possibility of forgiveness.” -Douglas Moo, Colossians, 280.

“Therefore, while not requiring the greatest display of Christian kindness and patience, ‘bearing with one another’ (Col. 3:13), is nevertheless a first and necessary step in establishing community. The demand acknowledges that every Christian fellowship is made up of all kinds of people and that we will accordingly sometimes find ourselves in close fellowship with people who are very different than we are. For the sake of maintaining community, we will sometimes have to ‘put up with’ people with whom we would not normally choose to associate” (Moo, Colossians, 279).

Islam is as dangerous in a man as rabies in a dog.  ~ Sir Winston Churchill

“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” -Abraham Lincoln

“O Lord, thou gives us everything, at the price of an effort.” -Leonardo Da Vinci

“No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.” -Charles P. Steinmetz

“If a book be false in its facts, disprove them; if false in its reasoning, refute it. But for God’s sake, let us freely hear both sides if we choose.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Curiosity is the thirst of the soul.” -Samuel Johnson

“The visible order of the universe proclaims a supreme intelligence.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Science brings men nearer to God.” -Louis Pasteur

“What kind of tea is hard to swallow? . . .Reality!” -Anonymous.

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” -Socrates

We are not redeemed from the mundane. We are redeemed from the slavery of thinking our mundane life is not enough. -Matthew Redmond, The God of the Mundane

“Maybe the world breaks on purpose so we can have work to do. People think there aren’t frontiers anymore. They can’t see how frontiers are all around us.” -“To Work”, a commercial for Levi’s Jeans.

If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. -Michael Crichton

God has so constituted us that the clearer our insight is into the reasonableness of a demand, the more hearty our surrender to it. -Andrew Murray, The Ministry of Intercession, 27.

I do believe we slander Christ when we think we are to draw the people by something else but the preaching of Christ crucified” – Charles Spurgeon

Nothing but intense believing prayer can meet the intense spirit of worldliness, of which complaint is everywhere made. -Andrew Murray

“It is in doing that we learn to do: it is as we take hold and begin that the help of God’s Spirit will come.” -Andrew Murray

“Do you know what it is to have a text leap out of the Scriptures upon you, and carry you away? This special energy and flash of truth is always memorable. How often have the waves of this sea of truth been phosphorescent before my eyes—a sea of glass mingled with fire, of which the spray has dashed over me and set my soul on flame!” Charles Spurgeon

“The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose and it will defend itself” – St. Augustine

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. . . . [These] are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the ocean.”
– Jonathan Edwards

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without conviction.” -G.K. Chesterton

“If a man can preach one sermon without mentioning Christ’s name in it, it ought to be his last.” – CH Spurgeon.

‘Night does not extinguish the stars, so this world’s iniquity does not obscure the minds of believers clinging to the firmament of holy Scripture.’ -Augustine

‘Faith fosters every virtue; unbelief murders every one. Thousands of prayers have been strangled in their infancy by unbelief.’ -Charles Spurgeon

Whatever your heart clings to or relies on for ultimate security is your object of worship. -G.K. Beale, We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry, p.17.

John Piper: “Lists and examples help change people a little bit. Wonder changes everything.”

‘It is supposed that the Holy Spirit quickens only those who believe. But this is to put the cart before the horse. Faith is not the cause of the new birth, but the consequence of it.’ -A.W. Pink

What is Piety?
John Murray:
‘It is godliness. Godliness is God-consciousness, an all pervasive sense of God’s presence, of his judgment, of our relation to him and his relation to us, of our responsibility to him and dependence upon him.’

‘Humility is the foundation of all other virtues, hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist, there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.’ -Augustine

As a bird cannot exhaust the air in the sky nor a fish exhaust the water in the sea neither can we exhaust the grace of God – Spurgeon

“For the humble Christian, the more the world is against him, the more silent and still he will be, unless it is in his prayer closet, and there he will not be still.” -Jonathan Edwards

John Owen: “The best of God’s gifts may be abused by lusts of men, and the purest water may be tainted by the vessels it is poured into.”

The word Christian makes a great noun, but a horrible adjective. -Gregory Thornbury

When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live. -E.M. Bounds The Necessity of Prayer, 8.

Prayer throws faith in God and God on the world. Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer move God. -EM B. The Necessity of Prayer, 8.

Faith which creates powerful praying is the faith which centers itself on a powerful person. Faith in Christ’s ability to do and to do greatly is the faith which prays greatly. -EM Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer, 10.

“No one human being can bring out all of another person, but it takes a whole circle of human beings (community) to extract the real you.” -CS Lewis, The Four Loves

“In a world where everything revolves around self—protect yourself, promote yourself, preserve yourself, entertain yourself, comfort yourself, take care of yourself—Jesus said, “Slay yourself.”
-David Platt

“On the other hand, it is evident that man never attains to a true self-knowledge until he have previously contemplated the face of God, and come down after such contemplation to look into himself”- John Calvin

“Most of what is shaping you in the course of your reading, you will not be able to remember. The most formative years of my life were the first five, and if those years were to be evaluated on the basis of my ability to pass a test on them, the conclusion would be that nothing important happened then, which would be false. The fact that you can’t remember things doesn’t mean that you haven’t been shaped by them.” – Douglas Wilson

“The one concern the devil has is to keep Christians from praying. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” -Samuel Chadwick.

Spurgeon warned: “Beware of no man more than yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.”

Think of disciple-making like Spiritual Parenting and you’ll develop healthier disciples and be committed for the long haul. -Jeff Vanderstelt

“Read the Word. Consume the Word until it consumes you. Believe the Word. Act on the Word.” – Smith Wigglesworth

“Christianity is not about being nice. It’s about being new.” -Tim Keller

“As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot live without prayer” – St. Augustine

“How sweet all at once it was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose…! You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure….O Lord my God, my Light, my Wealth, and my Salvation.” – St. Augustine

The early church didn’t say, “Look what the world is coming to!” They said, “Look what has come into the world!” —Carl Henry

“You have sold yourself to do what is evil in the sight of the Lord.” 1 Kings 21:20 Every sin is a self-selling.

“To be skeptical of the resultant text of the New Testament books is to allow all of classical antiquity to slip into obscurity, for no documents of the ancient period are as well attested bibliographically as the New Testament.” – John Warwick Montgomery

“The church has made far more of weddings than of marriages. There’s great sin in that.” -Albert Mohler

The problem with America is not the lostness of America but lack of desperation in the Church. – Vance Pitman

“It would be a very sharp and trying experience to me to think that I have an affliction which God never sent me.” Spurgeon

“Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” Charles H. Spurgeon

One needless contention, one covetous action, may cut the throat of many a sermon, & blast the fruit of all that you have been doing. -Richard Baxter

Take heed, therefore, brethren, for the enemy hath a special eye upon you. You shall have his most subtle insinuations, and incessant solicitations, and violent assaults. -Richard Baxter

“Indeed, death is watching our steps. We are as fragile as a flower that fades. Let there be no triumphalistic swagger. No cocky self-assurance. Let us accept humbly that we are ‘A mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes’ (James 4:14) And let us resolve to set our faces like flint on the path of obedience and never turn back. And with a full grasp of the possible cost before us, and with full courage because of Christ, let us walk softly to every unreached people that remains.” – John Piper

‘God give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye, and then let men or devils do their worst!’ -Whitefield

“If I had strength to work 24 hours every day I could not half accomplish what is ready for my hands and feet and head and heart.” G. Muller

“Don’t have your concert first, and then tune your instruments; begin the day with the Word of God and Prayer.” Hudson Taylor

“Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Character is the result of two things: mental attitude and the way we spend our time. -Elbert Hubbard

“Obedience to God does not consist in paying God back for His grace and thus turning grace into a trade. Obedience comes from trusting in God for more grace — future grace — and thus magnifying the infinite resources of God’s love and power.” – John Piper

What we are doing is not just difficult–it’s impossible. -Francis Schaeffer. (In reference to ministry)

The labour of the Christian ministry is well performed in exact proportion to the vigour of our renewed nature. -CH Spurgeon

JWrytzen preaching strategy: “read it through, take it in, preach it hot, give it out!”

“Sending capacity not seating capacity is the mark of success for a Great Commission Church.” ~JD Greear

“If I don’t discipline my use of time for the purpose of godliness now, it won’t be any easier later.” -Donald Whitney

“Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.” -Jonathan Edwards

“We are not picking mushrooms, we are planting oak trees.” -Dr. Herbs Reavis, Jr. North Jacksonville Baptist Church. Jacksonville, FL

We want labourers, not loiterers. We need men on fire, and I beseech you ask God to send them. The harvest can never be reaped by men who will not labour. -C.H. Spurgeon

“It is not many books that make men learned, nor even reading. But it is a good book frequently read.”  Martin Luther

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
Theodore Roosevelt

Where’s the logic? “If a man gets a woman pregnant and does not want to be a father, we call him selfish, and a deadbeat dad. But if a woman gets pregnant and does not want to be a mother, we just say she is pro-choice. -unknown

“Everyone says forgiveness is a lovely idea until they have something to forgive.” -CSL

“Those who dive in the sea of affliction are the ones that bring up rare pearls.” -C.H. Spurgeon

God can do in one moment than you could ever do in a lifetime. -Ronnie Floyd, President of the SBC.

Comparison is the thief of joy. -Theodore Roosevelt.

There is no way that those who neglect secret worship can know communion with God in the public services of the Lord’s Day. – Welsh pastor Geoffrey Thomas

All places are places of worship to a Christian. -C.H. Spurgeon

Preaching must be based on solid exegesis, but it is not a display of exegesis. Rather, it is applied exegesis, and it must have aim if it is to function properly. -Gordon Fee

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” -C. H. Spurgeon

Love doesn’t commit suicide. We have to kill it. Though, it often simply dies of our neglect. -Diane Solle

“Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation. We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars. -Francis Schaffer

“Tolerance is the virtue of the people who don’t believe in anything.” – G. K. Chesterton

“Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.” ~CSLewis

“can God create a rock so big that he cannot lift it?”
Simply No.
Because the question to ask back, is that, “is it logically possible?” Whatever God is, he is logically consistent. -Dr. Gould

Truth is stranger than fiction because we create fiction to suit our fancy. -GK Chesterton

“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Kieregaard

Thus I stretch out my arms to my Saviour, who, after being foretold for four thousand years, came on earth to die and suffer for me at the time and in the circumstances foretold. By his grace I peaceably await death, in the hope of being eternally united to him, and meanwhile I live joyfully, whether in the blessings which he is pleased to bestow on me or in the affliction he sends me for my own good and taught me how to endure by his example.
~Pascal, Pensées

We’ve perfected having moving worship services without a move of God.

Let us not forget that Samson—the strongest man in the Bible, Solomon—the wisest man in the Bible, and David—the man after God’s own heart, were all overcome by the temptations of sexual sin (Judges 14-16, 1 Kings 11:1-8, 2 Sam. 11-12, Psalm 51).

The gospel is intrinsically good, superlatively glorious, infinitely important, and, in one word, worthy of all acceptation. Andrew Fuller

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless. G.K. Chesterton

Greek and Hebrew are like underwear you use it for support, but know one needs to see it. – Abraham Metellus

Wilberforce explained that real Christianity had evaporated from England principally because it was woven into the social fabric and therefore was easier to ignore and take for granted. “Christianity especially,” he wrote, “has always thrived under persecution. For then it has no lukewarm professors.”

“As an art, memory was most importantly associated in the Middles Ages with composition, not simply with retention,” say Carruthers. “Those who practiced the crafts of memory used them—as all crafts are used—to make new things: prayers, meditations, sermons, pictures, hymns, stories, and poems.”

As the Italian poet Petrarch said, “I ate in the morning what I would digest in the evening; I swallowed as a boy what I would ruminate upon as an older man.”

“A trained memory wasn’t just about gaining easy access to information,” says Joshua Foer, referring to the ancient world, “it was about strengthening one’s personal ethics and becoming a more complete person.”

Theology leads to doxology, & good theology is found in the presence of God.  As with Moses, come down from the mountain changed.- W. Madison Grace

“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us.” —CSLewis

Most important quote to resolve to keep with Hebrew and Greek:
“Even St. Augustine is obliged to confess, as he does in his De doctrine christiana, that a Christian teacher who is to expound the Scriptures must know, in addition to Latin, also Greek and Hebrew; otherwise it is impossible not to stumble constantly, nay, there is room enough for labor and toil even when one is well versed in the languages.
There is a great difference, therefore, between a simple preacher of the faith and an expositor of Scripture, or as St. Paul puts it, a prophet. A simple preacher, to be sure, is in possession of so many clear passages and texts from translations that he can know and teach Christ, lead a holy life and preach to others.  But to interpret Scripture, to treat it independently, and to dispute with those who cite it incorrectly, to that he is unequal; that he cannot be done without languages. Yet there must always be such prophets in the Church, who are able to treat and expound the Scriptures and also to dispute; a saintly life and correct doctrine are not enough. Hence the languages are absolutely necessary in the Church, just as prophets or expositors are necessary, although not every Christian or preacher need be such a prophet, as St. Paul says in 1 Corinthians xii and Ephesians iv.” -Martin Luther

Worship is revelation and response. In our day of strong expository preaching, we have become better at hearing than doing the Word. Hear the Word—receive! Do the Word—respond! Worship means to respond to God. If we fail to respond, worship has probably not occurred. -Ronald Allen

“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination with the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.” -William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury.

“All I am in private life is a literary critic and historian, that’s my job. And I am prepared to say on that basis if anyone thinks the Gospels are either legend or novels, then that person is simply showing his incompetence as a literary critic. I’ve read a great many novels and I know a fair amount about the legends that grew up among early people, and I know perfectly well the Gospels are not that kind of stuff.” -CSL

“None can love freedom heartily but good men;
the rest love not freedom, but license.” — John Milton

Ideas have far reaching consequences, and one must be ever so careful about what one allows to lodge in one’s brain. -Eric Metaxas

God loves His glory more than He loves us, and this is the foundation of His love for us. -John Piper

The life-giving preacher is a man of God, whose heart is ever athirst for God, whose soul is ever following hard after God, whose eye is single to God, and in whom by the power of God’s Spirit the flesh and the world have been crucified and his ministry is like the generous flood of a life-giving river.  -John Piper

“The preacher . . . is not a professional man; his ministry is not a profession; it is a divine institution, a divine devotion.” E. M. Bounds

Great hearts can only be made by great troubles. The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation. God comes into our heart—he finds it full—he begins to break our comforts and to make it empty; then there is more room for grace. -Charles Spurgeon

“We tend to think of a duration of existence, Jesus talks about a kind of existence.” -Dr. John Taylor, SWBTS Professor, in reference to John 17:3

“Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused.” – C.H. Spurgeon

“Memorize Scripture all your life. Like the staining of wood, let it sit on your heart and soak in deep” – Monty Casebolt

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it..and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become. -CSL

“The existence of hypocrites does not prove the non-existence of true believers.” (C. H. Spurgeon)

Satan wants to influence your thought life, to influence your emotions, to influence your decisions and thus influence your behavior. It is a battle of the mind. -Dr. Charles Stewart

“We fail, when we lean our head too much upon the Commentaries, & too little upon the saviors bosom” CH Spurgeon

The Christian life is a great paradox. Those who die to self, find self. Those who die to their cravings will receive many times as much in this age, and, in the age to come, eternal life (Luke 18:29). They will find new passions worth living for and dying for. If I crave happiness, I will receive misery. If I crave to be loved, I will receive rejection. If I crave significance, I will receive futility. If I crave control, I will receive chaos. If I crave reputation, I will receive humiliation. But if I long for God and His wisdom and mercy, I will receive God and wisdom and mercy. Along the way, sooner or later, I will also receive happiness, love, meaning, order, and glory. -David Powlison

“The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the Devil.” -Charles Spurgeon

God waits to be wanted, but He must be wanted for Himself and not for some lesser good He may provide. -Ken Boa

Biblical love (agape) is the steady direction of one’s will toward another’s highest good. -Ken Boa

Jesus’ relationships preceded His assignments.  Discipleship is being before doing, maturity before ministry, character before career. -Ken Boa

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for. – Dag Hammerskjold

Intrinsically valuable, thinking persons do not come from impersonal, nonconscious, unguided, valueless processes over time. – Paul Copan

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George Orwell

When I cannot pray, I always sing. -Martin Luther

“The way to fight lust is to feed faith with the knowledge of an irresistibly glorious God.” -John Piper

All that is not eternal, is eternally useless. -C.S. Lewis

WOW:  “Christianity is the only religion whose God bears the scars of evil.”
― Os Guinness

“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” Jonathan Edwards

“The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.”
― G. K. Chesterton http://t.co/PyK1GKeqvW

“If a man has stolen something from me, then before God I declare it a gift.” -Tolkien (From a letter to CSLewis)

At the end of the eighth movement of Plutarch’s essay “How to Tell a Flatterer from a Friend,” the ancient wordsmith reflects, “I do not need a friend who changes when I change and nods ‘yes’ when I nod ‘yes’ (my shadow does these things better!); but I want a friend who joins me in the search for truth and, like me, decides for himself” (Plutarch, Adulator 8).

[E]rotic liberty — a liberty claimed on the basis of sexual identity and activity. Religious liberty is officially recognized in the Bill of Rights — even in the very first amendment — and the framers of the American order did not claim to have established this right to free religious expression, but to have recognized it as a pre-existent right basic to citizenship. -Albert Mohler

“Light thoughts of sin breed light thoughts of the Saviour.” C.H. Spurgeon

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“I write only because I find it easier so to say such things as I really want to say.” —JRR Tolkien, Sept. 1948 letter to CSLewis

“The consciousness of sin alone leads men to turn to the Savior from sin, and the consciousness of sin comes only when men are brought face to face with the law of God. But men have no consciousness of sin today, and what are we going to do? I remember that that problem was presented very poignantly in my hearing some time ago by a preacher who was sadly puzzled. Here we are, said he. We are living in the twentieth century. We have to take things as we find them; and as a matter of fact, whether we like it or not, if we talk to the young people of the present day about sin and guilt they will not know what we are talking about; they will simply turn away from us in utter boredom, and they will turn from the Christ whom we preach. Is not that really too bad? he continued. Is it not really too bad for them to miss the blessing that Christ has for them if only they would come to Him? If, therefore, they will not come to Christ in our way, ought we not to invite them to come in their way? If they will not come to Christ through the consciousness of sin induced by the terror of the law of God, may we not get them to come through the attraction of the amiable ethics of Jesus and the usefulness of His teaching in solving the problems of society?
I am afraid that in response to such questions we shall just have to answer, “No.” I am afraid we shall just have to say that being a Christian is a much more tragic thing than these people suppose. I am afraid we shall just have to tell them that they cannot clamber over the wall into the Christian way. I am afraid we shall just have to point them to the little wicket gate, and tell them to seek their Savior while yet He may be found, in order that He may rescue them from the day of wrath.”
-J. Gresham Machen

‘The first thing the Bible does is to make a man take a serious view of life.’ -D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The glorious excellencies and beauty of God will be what will forever entertain the minds of the saints, and the love of God will be their everlasting feast. The redeemed will indeed enjoy other things; they will enjoy the angels, and will enjoy one another: but that which they shall enjoy in the angels, or in each other, or in any thing else whatsoever that will yield them delight and happiness, will be what shall be seen of God in them. -Jonathan Edwards

“A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.”
―D.L. Moody

“Writing is easy. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” -Red Smith

“There can be no reproach to pain unless we assume human dignity; there is no reason for restraints on pleasure unless we assume human worth; there is legitimacy to monotony unless we assume a greater purpose in life; there is no purpose to life unless we assume design; death has no significance unless we seek what is everlasting. This is true across the board in human experience across cultures, languages, and backgrounds. This is what Christianity teaches” -Ravi Zacharias

I’ve read in Plato and Cicero sayings wise and beautiful, but never in either: “Come unto me all who labor and are heavy laden.”
–Augustine (AD 354–430)

The most valuable thing the Psalms do for me is to express the same delight in God which made David dance. CSLewis”

“How utterly terrible is the current idea that Christians can serve God at their own convenience.” AW Tozer

“Exhorting an unconverted man to virtue is like throwing a rock into the air a hundred times in order to teach it to fly.” Douglas Wils

“We must discipline our lives, but we must do so all the year round, and not merely at stated periods. I must discipline myself at all times.” -Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him and to imitate Him.” -John Milton

For the sake of consistency, I’ll let C.S. Lewis say it better: “Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future.”http://www.sbts.edu/blogs/2014/12/01/finals-week-first-things-and-unfavorable-times/

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come,” Lewis wrote in his essay, “Learning in War-Time.”

Consciences are not simply shaped by ideas. They are shaped by affections. As sociologist Robert Nisbet pointed out last century, soldiers aren’t motivated to fight chiefly by the patriotic speeches of their commanders but by their sense of unity and camaraderie with their fellow fighters. They are a band of brothers. The same should be true, except infinitely more so, within the church. That’s why the early church saw to it that they listened to the Greek widows who felt ignored in the distribution of food (Acts 6), and why the largely Gentile churches were included in an offering for the relief of the church in Jerusalem. In order to get there, we will need churches that are not divided up along carnal patterns of division—by skin color or ethnicity or economic status. We will need churches that reflect the manifold wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10) in the joining together of those who may have nothing else in common but the image of God, the blood of Christ, and the unity of the Spirit. When we know one another as brothers and sisters, we will start to stand up and speak up for one another. –Russell Moorein http://www.russellmoore.com/2014/11/24/ferguson-and-the-path-to-peace/

Eternity depends on the improvement of time. But when once the time of life is gone, when once death is come, we have no more to do with time; there is no possibility of obtaining the restoration of it, or another space in which to prepare for eternity. If a man should lose the whole of his worldly substance, and become a bankrupt, it is possible that his loss may be made up. He may have another estate as good. But when the time of life is gone, it is impossible that we should ever obtain another such time. All opportunity of obtaining eternal welfare is utterly and everlastingly gone.  -Jonathan Edwards

How often do we hear about the discipline of the Christian life these days? How often do we talk about it? How often is it really to be found at the heart of our evangelical living? There was a time in the Christian church when this was at the very centre, and it is, I profoundly believe, because of our neglect of this discipline that the church is in her present position. Indeed, I see no hope whatsoever of any true revival and reawakening until we return to it.” -D. Martyn Lloyd Jones.

To be much for God, we must be much with God. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

“I mean that you should place yourself with all your academic hopes and dreams before the face of God in such a way that praying for your studies flows naturally from it and is not attached to it as an afterthought.” _Abraham Kuyper

As Abraham Kuyper once said, “[Scholarship] wants to be something outside of God, apart from God, in opposition to God.”

“Whatever things were rightly said among men are the property of us Christians,” Justin Martyr

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” J.R.R. Tolkien

To be mortified by a kitten and have no fear of a Lion makes you a fool. -Matt Chandler, in a metaphor abut fearing the Lord.

Take every word as spoken to yourselves. When the word thunders against sin, think this: “God means my sins”; when it presseth any duty, “God intends me in this.” Many put off Scripture from themselves, as if it only concerned those who lived in the time when it was written; but if you intend to profit by the word, bring it home to yourselves: a medicine will do no good, unless it be applied. -Thomas Watson.
Harvard University was founded in 1636 with the intention of establishing a school to train Christian ministers. In accordance with that vision, Harvard’s “Rules and Precepts,” adopted in 1646, stated (original spelling and Scriptural references retained):

2. Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life (John 17:3) and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning. And seeing the Lord only giveth wisedome, Let every one seriously set himself by prayer in secret to seeke it of him (Prov. 2:3).

3. Every one shall so exercise himselfe in reading the Scriptures twice a day, that he shall be ready to give such an account of his proficiency therein, both in Theoreticall observations of Language and Logick, and in practical and spiritual truths, as his Tutor shall require, according to his ability; seeing the entrance of the word giveth light, it giveth understanding to the simple (Psalm 119:130).

– See more at: http://blogs.answersingenesis.org/blogs/georgia-purdom/2011/10/11/harvard-no-longer-truth-for-christ-and-the-church/#sthash.HQqPA4oK.dpuf

“I seemed often to see so much light exhibits by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that i could not get a long in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence to see the wonders contained in it, and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders.” -Jonathan Edwards, on Meditating on Scripture.

“They usually thrive best who meditate most.” -Thomas Brooks, The Banner of Truth

“The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” -Thomas Watson, Puritan pastor.
“God wants in us a child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head.  He wants us to be simple, single-minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim.” -C.S. Lewis

When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other’s flame. -Augustine

While reading makes a full man, and dialogue a ready man; writing makes an exact man. -Francis Bacon

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Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. -CS Lewis

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, 1925

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” ― William Carey

I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. -Blaise Pascal http://bit.ly/1oCXk7j

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.”
-CS Lewis

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” – G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man, 1925

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map.” ― William Carey

I have often said that the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
-Blaise Pascal

“The task of a modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts.” -CSLewis, The Abolition of Man

“We do know that no person can be saved except through Christ; we do not know that only those who know Him can be saved by Him.” -C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“It is doubtful whether we can be Christian in anything unless we are Christian in everything.” — A. W. Tozer

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” -Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment.

{beginning of Pro-Life Quotes}

“Being pregnant was very much like falling in love. You are so open. You are so overjoyed. There’s no words that can express having a baby growing inside of you so, of course, you want to scream it out and tell everyone”. . . And she said hearing her unborn baby’s heartbeat “was the most beautiful music I ever heard in my life.”   -Beyonce

“The right to life is the first among human rights.” – Pope Francis

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.” – J.K. Rowling

“It’s alright all of us all living saying ‘oh well there’s enough of us so we won’t have anymore, don’t let anybody else live.’ I don’t believe in that.” – John Lennon

“It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.” – Gandhi

“How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers.” – Mother Teresa

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

“A person is a person no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” – Ronald Reagan

“The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.” – Dr. Mildred Jefferson

“Sweeter even than to have had the joy of children of my own has it been for me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.” – Susan B. Anthony

“I do not believe the promises of the Declaration of Independence are just for the strong, the independent, the healthy. They are for everyone-including unborn children.” – George W. Bush

{end of pro-life quotes}

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid. Otherwise it is more akin to a sewer, taking in all things equally.” -G.K. Chesterton

“No natural feelings are high or low, holy or unholy, in themselves. They are all holy when God’s hand is on the rein. They all go bad when they set up on their own and make themselves into false gods.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

“If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them.” -C.S. Lewis

“There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.” -G.K. Chesterton

Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home. -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain

The Son of God suffered unto death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like His. -George MacDonald
“Following after God is the desire of happiness; to reach God is happiness itself.” ~ Augustine, On the Morals of the Catholic Church

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” ~Edmund Burke

“There are all sorts of things in this world that offer to give it [happiness] to you, but they never quite keep their promise.” ~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.  -Martin Luther

I advise no one to place his child where the scriptures do not reign paramount. Every institution in which men are not increasingly occupied with the Word of God must become corrupt. -Martin Luther

Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that one point. -Martin Luther

In his life, Christ is an example, showing us how to live; in his death, he is a sacrifice, satisfying our sins; in his resurrection, a conqueror; in his ascension, a king; in his intercession, a high priest. -Martin Luther

We are never too old to face new challenges, fight new battles, and learn new truths. When we stop learning, we stop growing; and when we stop growing, we stop living. -Warren Wiersbe

“Thus when you hear a sermon by St. Paul or by me, you hear God the Father Himself. And yet you do not become my pupil but the Father’s, for it is not I who is speaking; it is the Father. Nor am I your schoolmaster; but we both, you and I, have one Schoolmaster and Teacher, the Father, who instructs us. We both, pastor and listener, are only pupils; there is only this difference, that God is speaking to you through me. That is the glorious power of the divine Word, through which God Himself deals with us and speaks to us, and in which we hear God Himself.” -Martin Luther

What does not destroy me makes me stronger. -Nietzsche

”Like any general who can persuade the opposition to underestimate him,Satan… must be enchanted at the present state of affairs which leaves him free to operate with the maximum of ease and efficiency, confident that nobody takes him seriously. The more he can blind people’s minds to the true state of affairs, the better his aims are furthered.” –Michael Green

“Evil is the corruption of a good.” -Augustine
“Don’t write merely to be understood. Write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.”- Robert Louis Stevenson

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” -Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451

“Heart work is hard work indeed.” -John Flavel

We fail, not because we do not try to do something, but because we let our little efforts become an excuse for not doing more.  The result is that we lose by default the advantage of years of hard work and sacrifice. -Robert Coleman, The Master Plan of Evangelism.

“A man can’t be always defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.” -C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms.

“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” -G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man

He who converts his neighbour has performed the most practical Christian-political act of all. -CS Lewis

“I believe a man is happier, and happy in a richer way, if he has ‘the free-born mind.’ But I doubt whether he can have this without economic independence, which the new society is abolishing. For economic independence allows an education not controlled by Government; and in adult life it is the man who needs, and asks, nothing of government who can criticize its acts and snap his fingers at its ideology. Read Montaigne; that’s the voice of a man with his legs under his own table, eating the mutton and turnips raised on his own land. Who will talk like that when the State is everyone’s schoolmaster and employer?” -C.S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. -C.S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. -C.S. Lewis

If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. -C.S. Lewis

We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. -C.S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -C.S. Lewis

Whatever men expect, they soon come to think they have a right to: the sense of disappointment can, with very little skill on (the devil’s)  part, be turned into a sense of injury. -C.S. Lewis

You cannot make men good by law: and without good men you cannot have a good society. -C.S. Lewis

You must show that a man is wrong before you start explaining why he is wrong. The modern method is to assume without discussion that he is wrong and then distract his attention from this (the only real issue) by busily explaining how he became so silly. In the course of the last fifteen years I have found this vice so common that I have had to invent a name for it. I call it “Bulverism.” Some day I am going to write the biography of its imaginary inventor, Ezekiel Bulver, whose destiny was determined at the age of five when he heard his mother say to his father—who had been maintaining that two sides of a triangle were together greater than a third — ”Oh you say that because you are a man.” “At that moment,” E. Bulver assures us, “there flashed across my opening mind the great truth that refutation is no necessary part of argument. Assume that your opponent is wrong, and the world will be at your feet. Attempt to prove that he is wrong or (worse still) try to find out whether he is wrong or right, and the national dynamism of our age will thrust you to the wall.” That is how Bulver became one of the makers of the Twentieth Century. -C.S. Lewis

All you then have to do is keep out of his mind the question, “If I, being what I am, can consider that I am in some sense a Christian, why  should the different vices of those people in the next pew prove that their religion is mere hypocrisy and convention?” -C.S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. -C.S. Lewis

The safest road to Hell is the gradual one — the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. -C.S Lewis

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket — safe, dark, motionless, airless — it  will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. -C.S. Lewis

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word “darkness” on the walls of his cell. -C.S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. -C.S. Lewis

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. -C.S. Lewis

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell chose it. – C.S. Lewis

You can put this another way by saying that while in other sciences the instruments you use are things external to yourself (things like microscopes and telescopes), the instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred — like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens. -C.S. Lewis

A cold, self-righteous prig who goes regularly to church may be far nearer to Hell than a prostitute. -C.S. Lewis

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. -C.S. Lewis

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. -C.S. Lewis

If anyone says that sex, in itself, is bad, Christianity contradicts him at once. But, of course, when people say, “Sex is nothing to be ashamed of,” they may mean “the state into which the sexual instinct has now got is nothing to be ashamed of.” If they mean that, I think they are wrong. I think it is everything to be ashamed of. There is nothing to be ashamed of in enjoying your food: there would be everything to be ashamed of if half the world made food the main interest of their lives and spent their time looking at pictures of food and dribbling and smacking their lips. -C.S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. -C.S. Lewis

“If we reflect that the Spirit of God is the only fountain of truth, we will be careful, as we would avoid offering insult to him, not to reject or condemn truth wherever it appears.  In despising the gifts, we insult the Giver.”[1]
[1]John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, trans. Henry Beveridge (Orlando: Signalman Publishing, 2009), Chapter 2.15 “Man Now Deprived of Freedom of Will, and Miserably Enslaved,” Kindle.

Heav’n above is softer blue. Earth around is sweeter green! Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen: Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, Flowers with deeper beauties shine, Since I know as now I know, I am His, and He is mine. —George W. Robinson

Desraeli said, “The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.”

The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists.  A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food.  A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water.  Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex.  If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.  If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove the universe is fraud.  Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.  If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.  I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death.[1]
[1]C. S. Lewis, “Mere Christianity,” in The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics. 1st ed. (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2002), 76 (emphasis added).

“Godlessness appears as the will to live without God, to ignore Him, to be one’s own source and beginning, to live without being indebted and forgiven, to be independent and secure in one’s self, to be godlike in oneself.” -H. Richard Niebuhr

“Grace is in God, and sin is in man. . .Grace is always in God’s action; it is God’s attribute. It is the action of reconciliation that reaches out across the no man’s land of the historic war of men against God. . . As soon as man tries to locate it in himself it disappears.” -H. Richard Niebuhr

You will never glory in God till first of all God has killed your glorying in yourself – Spurgeon

The Lord loves his church so much that he cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, he cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her: he is displeased with them because they increase her misery. -Spurgeon

The less you spend time with truth the easier it is to believe lies. -lecrae

“Christians should wake up with a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other.” – Chuck Colson

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” -John Piper

“Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God’s will.” ~ Bonhoeffer

“We all long for [Eden], and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature…is still soaked with the sense of exile.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

“In a way it’s not the righteousness of God that frightens us; it’s the love of God because He wants all of us.” Sinclair Ferguson

“Christian artists do not need to be threatened by fantasy and imagination, for they have a basis for knowing the difference between them and the real world ‘out there.’ […] The Christian is the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.” — Francis Schaeffer

“Any fool can know, the point is to understand.” -Albert Einstein

Martin Lloyd Jones to Stephen Olford, “Often my boy, you have to empty a chapel before you can fill it.”

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. — Isaac Newton

“There are many of us that are willing to do great things for the Lord, but few of us are willing to do little things.” -D.L. Moody

“The greatest sorrow/burden you can lay on the Father, the greatest unkindness you can do to Him is not to believe that he loves you.” -John Owen

You aren’t what’s been done to you but what Jesus has done for you. You aren’t what you do but what Jesus has done. What you do doesn’t determine who you are. Rather, who you are in Christ determines what you do. -Mark Driscoll

biblical scholar William Barclay was right: “A gloomy Christian is a contradiction in terms.” He added: “There is no virtue in the Christian life which is not made radiant with joy; there is no circumstance and no occasion which is not illuminated with joy. A joyless life is not a Christian life, for joy is one constant recipe for Christian living.”

People were created to be loved and things were created to be used. The reason why the world is in such chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used. -Anonymous

In his book Art and The Bible Francis Schaeffer shares, “A Christian should use these arts to the glory of God, not just as tracts, mind you, but as things of beauty to the praise of God. An art work can be a doxology in itself…The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has a value because he is made in the image of God.”

“Gloomy seasons of religious indifference and social sin are not exempted from the divine purpose. When the altars of truth are defiled, and the ways of God forsaken, the Lord’s servants weep with bitter sorrow, but they may not despair, for the darkest eras are governed by the Lord, and shall come to their end at his bidding. What may seem defeat to us may be victory to him.” -C.H. Spurgeon

As long as we imagine that we own anything, that thing owns us. As soon as we know we own nothing then God owns us. -A.W. Tozer

Don’t train people to think that their performance is what makes them valuable. -Virgil

“A slave of Jesus is the only slave that is free.” -Virgil

Its not trying to die to it. It is living unto Him that purifies you. -Shane Oneill

“Every school is a religious school because they will all teach you their view of God.” -kyle Gray

“It is from God that parents receive their children, and it is to God that they should lead them.” -Bonhoeffer

If ever he should let us hunger it is only that our spiritual nature may be enriched. (David Macintyre)

“I don’t know what’s more important than a rigorous, relevant, theological education in our time.” Ravi Zacharias

Suffering was not just a consequence of the Master’s obedience and mission. It was the central strategy of his mission. It was the way he accomplished our salvation. Jesus calls us to join him on the Calvary Road, to take up our cross daily, to hate our lives in this world, and to fall into the ground like a seed and die, that others might live.” – John Piper

Lord, grant that, in all my weaknesses, I would remain close to the one clear, grand theme of my life: Your magnificence! -John Piper

“the Lamb that was slain will be the wonder of all eternity.”

legacy: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” -Jim Eliot

I remain a firm believer in C.S. Lewis’s famous observation that we have not read a great book at all if we have read it only once.

“Use the same eye-gouging, hand-amputating force against the lust for anger as you do against the lust for sex.” -John Piper

“The physical presence of other Christians is a source of incomparable joy and strength to the believer.” Bonhoeffer

The church has become a refuge from worldly trials. It should be as a fortress from which the soldiers of the cross are continually issuing, to assail the Kingdom of darkness, and rescue the captives of Satan. -Anonymous

“If you belong to Jesus, This is your hell. Their heaven is your hell. It only gets better from here.” -Mark Driscoll

“I’ve caused Jesus to suffer. He died for my sin, as I suffer it makes me even more thankful for Jesus.” -Mark Driscoll

“Full of the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God.” (Acts 7:55). This is why I want the Holy Spirit. -John piper

“Act! It’s of God. Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” if you act/do rather than lamenting what you can’t do, you will do more than you thought you could.” -John Piper

Luke 10:20 – do not rejoice in what you have done for God but rejoice in your salvation

Whoever or whatever fights to steal your joy, quote to them King Jesus: “No one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22)

When we empty ourselves of personal glory, we won’t be empty; we’ll learn the fullness of Christ. -Dave Harvey John 3:30

“If we desire our faith to be strengthened, we shouldn’t shy away from opportunities where our faith may be tested.” -Muller

Oh Lord, make your Word a window where the eyes of my soul seek the wonders of your self. -John Piper

When I feel empty and unable to give any more, few things encourage me more than the words, “Five loaves and two fish.” -John Piper

“Faith is believing in the word of God and trust is believing in the heart of God!” -Anonymous

“Love is the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others.” -John Piper, Desiring God pg. 118

“discipline is the difference between what you want now and what you want most”. -Jonathan Lindstam

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” –Benjamin Franklin

“The Greatest threat to your ministry, dear brothers, is that you lose your joy in God.” -John Piper, preaching at Southern Seminary, Jan. 23, 2014.

“I am certain that to preach the wrath of God with a hard heart, a tearless eye, and an unfeeling spirit is to harden men, not benefit them.” -C.H. Spurgeon

“Let them pretend what they please, the true reason why any despise the new birth is because they hate a new life.”
-John Owen

“I have received my all from God. Oh, that I could return my all to God.” David Brainerd

“The more people used Facebook, the more their life satisfaction dropped.” –Ethan Kross, researcher who tracked Facebook use of Millennials

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. — C.S. Lewis

No man knows how bad he is until he has tried very hard to be good. -C.S. Lewis

Who is more irrational, man who believes in God whom he can’t see or man who’s offended by a God he doesn’t believe in? -Ben Stein

If you hear a man rail at the Bible, you can usually conclude that he never reads it.” -C.H. Spurgeon

Thankfulness is a soil in which pride does not easily grow.” -Michael Ramsey

“We all long for [Eden], and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature…is still soaked with the sense of exile.” -JRR Tolkien

A thankful heart, not a Ph.D. in theology, is what is needed to know Him better. -Charles Clough

-“On the Lion of justice the fair maid of hope rides like a queen.” -Spurgeon.

Without Him we cannot; without us He will not. -John Wesley

“Sanctification is simply the art of getting used to justification.” -Gerhrd Forde

The pursuit of intimacy w/ God always happens w/in the context of adversity (John 16:33) #dontgiveup -Ben Stuart

“A leader lives with people to know their problems. A leader lives with God in order to solve them.” -John Maxwell

“God uses men who are weak & feeble enough to lean on Him.” ——–Hudson Taylor

Satan loves when were trusting in our own power. He wants us to forget the Word and trust in self. Stay focused! -Lecrae

Let yourself feel tired. Rest isn’t laziness. Kill your addiction to activity. It’s okay. You’re not God. That’s good. -Jared Wilson

Marriage isn’t something you find it is something you make. -Gary Thomas

David Platt —-. I have not been worshipping God, I’ve been worshipping a god that looks a lot like me. A god that doesn’t really align with the bible. God started a church that bears little resemblance to the American church today. Wanting the courage to truly follow Jesus, to love him as fiercely and singlemindedly as he loves me, and to share that love with the rest of the world.

Defense is fleeing temptation. Offense is feeding your soul. Play hard. -Lecrae

“A Jesus who never wept could never wipe away my tears.” – Charles Spurgeon

Graciously, God reveals the depth of our brokenness gradually over time. If we saw every area instantly we’d feel hopeless. -Jacob D. Smith

“Love becomes sentimental if it is not strengthened by the truth, and truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love.” – John Stott

“Because he is strong in power not one star is missing.” Is. 40:26 Why so many stars? To give an inkling of his strength. -John Piper

The first hour of your day sets the trajectory and tempo for the rest. Pray. Read. Worship. Think. Everyday matters. -Jack Graham

Forgiveness is both a decision and a process. -Mark Driscoll

“The fear of God is the death of every other fear; like a mighty lion, it chases all other fears before it.” – Charles Spurgeon

Law demands; love pleads. Law shouts; love weeps. Law pressures; love waits. Law destroys; love prays. Philemon vv8-9 -James MacDonald

2Samuel 11. Concerned w/ not how you handle the hard times, but really how you handle the easy times

Saved for good works- Gospel Primer

Most of us don’t need to learn more but just obey what we’ve already learned. -Mark Driscoll

Before you talk, listen. Before you react, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, Recommit. -Lecrae

The test of authentic morning devotions is: Do you feel good that you had them or that you heard him. -John Piper

Believe the best about people. Pray for their short comings. You are not the standard. We all need grace. -Lecrae

“Jesus did not teach his disciples to preach but to pray. To know how to speak to God is more vital than knowing how to speak to men.” -Andrew Murray

God is perfect & he made time. So His timing is perfect. Wait on Him. -Lecrae

You do not know who you are until you know Who Jesus is. -James MacDonald

When you run into genuine, authentic, patient, and gracious people, it’s hard to take them for granted. Be one of them. -Lecrae

Nothing can condemn you but self righteousness and nothing can save you but the righteousness of Christ. -Lecrae

Every mundane thing you do will be read out with majesty in the age to come, if you do in the name of Jesus. -John Piper

I could listen to John Macarthur all day. I wonder if that’s because the man is emotionally indomitable. http://t.co/M5xjy9Em -John Piper

“Fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he is a rebel who must lay down his arms.” – C. S. Lewis

He loves Thee too little who loves anything together with Thee, that he loves not for Thy sake.” St. Augustine

At the point we begin to listen to our feelings and frustrations, we are certainly defeated. The moment we focus on God’s voice, it is then that we are on the path to seeing how powerful God really is, and how deep our faith really can be. -Jacob D. Smith

Like we don’t live in the cut and dry world of Israel, virgins used to be the 99%, now they’re the 1%, and occupy sex is trying to tax us. -Jacob D. Smith

God planned the worst death for his Son and the worst future for his rivals so we would know what’s at stake in preaching. -John Piper

Faith is holding fast to what you once believed despite your changing moods. -Tommy Phillips

Fearing God is walking with caution.

I’ve learned that most angry guys are just depressed. Women internalize depression with sadness. Men externalize depression with anger.
-Mark Driscoll

Psalm 19
Our lives w/o god will be anemic
If we don’t plan to spend time w/ God we won’t. -Unknown

The greatest danger of television and movies: helping grow accustomed to the enjoyment of the absence of God. -John Piper

I pray that when I die, all of hell will throw a party to celebrate that I am no longer in the fight. -C.T. Studd

Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called & about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witness. 1Tim. 6:12

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June 1953 in London. C. S. Lewis chose not to attend the festivities because the weather was not great, because he did not like crowds, and because he was not in the mood to dress up. Instead he stayed at home and watched the event on TV (it was the first fully televised coronation).

A month later Lewis reflected on the coronation in a letter to a friend (Letters, 3:343):

You know, over here people did not get that fairy-tale feeling about the coronation. What impressed most who saw it was the fact that the Queen herself appeared to be quite overwhelmed by the sacramental side of it. Hence, in the spectators, a feeling of (one hardly knows how to describe it) — awe — pity — pathos — mystery.

The pressing of that huge, heavy crown on that small, young head becomes a sort of symbol of the situation of humanity itself: humanity called by God to be His vice-regent and high priest on earth, yet feeling so inadequate. As if He said, ‘In my inexorable love I shall lay upon the dust that you are glories and dangers and responsibilities beyond your understanding.’

Do you see what I mean? One has missed the whole point unless one feels that we have all been crowned and that coronation is somehow, if splendid, a tragic splendor.

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