by Paul Madson

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.” (Charles Spurgeon)

“Your faith will not fail while God sustains it; you are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you.” (J.I. Packer)

“Human beings are hope-shaped creatures. The way you live now is completely controlled by what you believe about your future.” (Timothy Keller)

“The Bible simultaneously pictures God as utterly sovereign, and as a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God.” (D.A. Carson)

“The greatest evil is not done now in sordid dens of crime. It is not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clear, 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)

“We are too prone to engrave our trials in marble and write our blessings in sand.” (Charles Spurgeon)

“Mark it down—your progress in holiness will never exceed your relationship with the holy Word of God.” (Nancy Leigh DeMoss)

“What will really save the lost world? Let me tell you: none of our complaints against it.” (Jared Wilson)

“Men would rather be ruined than change.” (W.H. Auden)

“No one has ever come to Christ because they lost a debate on Twitter.” (Russell Moore)

“People tell me ‘Judge not lest ye be judged.’ I always tell them, ‘Twist not scripture lest ye be like Satan.’” (Paul Washer)

“Learning to pray doesn’t offer us a less busy life; it offers us a less busy heart.” (Paul Miller)

“If we are Christians and do not have upon us the calling to respond to the lostness of the lost and a compassion for those of our kind, our orthodoxy is ugly and it stinks. And it not only stinks in the presence of the hippie, it stinks in the presence of anybody who’s an honest man. And more than that, I’ll tell you something else, orthodoxy without compassion stinks with God.” (Francis A. Schaeffer, Death in the City (Chicago, 1969), page 123.)

“Inerrancy means the word of God always stands over us and we never stand over the word of God.” (Kevin DeYoung)

“When we bring God’s Word directly into our praying, we are bringing God’s power into our praying.” (Joni Eareckson Tada)

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” (Augustine)

“Hell is full of people who think they deserve heaven. Heaven is full of people who know they deserve hell.” (Trevin Wax)

“We’re to love our children for who they are, not for what we want them to become.” (Alistair Begg)

“When you go through a trial, the sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which you lay your head.” (Charles Spurgeon)

And finally, some humor…

“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.” (H.L. Mencken – 1880-1956)

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” (Mark Twain)