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THOUGHTS, QUOTES & REFLECTIONS

Month: May 2019

Spring Quotes to Note – Part 2

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“The cross is the single most significant symbol of forgiveness in history. Made by men, used by God, it is the hallmark of man at his worst and God at His best.” (Tim Kimmel)

“Hell will be populated by people who insist they were good enough for heaven. Heaven will be populated by people who insist they were bad enough for hell.” (Josh Howerton)

“The church endures, rolling along on while competing forms of religion and nonbelief rise, wane, and are forgotten. Christianity faithful to God’s Word will last until the end of time and beyond (Matthew 16:18).” (Timothy Keller)

“God’s love was intended to be demonstrated, not dictated. Our job is not to manipulate or induce others to agree with us… Our charge is to both proclaim and embody the gospel so that others can see, hear, and feel God’s love in tangible ways.” (Richard Stearns)

“Love is never primarily defined in the Bible as a feeling. At its foundation, love is at least a commitment and a promise.” (Timothy Keller)

“Genesis 3: Death is born.
Matthew 28: Death is defeated.
Revelation 21: Death is dead.”
(Matt Smethurst)

“Remember every day is a war of worship, that is, a battle for the rulership of your heart. Pray today for grace to see clearly, fight faithfully and to remember you’re never alone in the battle.” (Paul David Tripp)

“Wise key influencers are devoted to knowing what they don’t know. They act boldly on facts they have right now, but search for signs they are wrong – seeking a healthy balance between courage and humility.” (Robert I. Sutton)

“God often waits until we’re out of ideas before He lets us know His plans. He competes for our hearts, not our attention.” (Bob Goff)

“The good news of the gospel is not, ‘Relax, you rock!’ The good news says to believing sinners, ‘You deserve to be humiliated and condemned for your sin, but God sent his Son to be humiliated and condemned in your place.” (Kevin DeYoung)

“Relationships are costly. Whatever it will cost you to be with God is nothing compared to what it cost Him to be with you.” (Timothy Keller)

“It is erroneous to think that slippery slopes only ‘slip’ toward a licentious, anything goes, lawless direction. They can also ‘slip’ toward a strident, mean-spirited, graceless direction. Jesus cracks down on both, but especially the latter.” (Scott Sauls– from his book Irresistible Faith)

“The average 3-year old laughs 40 times a day. The average 40-year old laughs 3 times a day.” (Psychology Today)

Quotes to Note – Spring 2019

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“How can you boast in your blue eyes, in your intelligence, in your height, in your race or ethnicity, in your birth place, in your birth order, in your attractiveness, or in the shape of your nose? What do you have that wasn’t a gift? Way too many of us were born on third base and we think we hit a triple.” (D. Wilson, Partakers of Grace)

“Most of the noise in our souls is generated by our attempts to control the uncontrollable.” (David Powlison)

“Prayer is not the flare gun of the desperate or room service for the indulgent. It is the confidence of the adopted.” (Sam Allberry)

“Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things that He can change.”

“Do not be afraid to tell God exactly how you feel (He’s already read your thoughts anyway). Don’t tell the whole world. God can take it – when others can’t. Then listen for His answer.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

“Not until history has run its course will we understand how ‘all things work together for good.’ Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” (Philip Yancey)

“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” (Jim Elliot)

“Abraham waited 25 years. Moses waited 40 years. Jesus waited 30 years. If God makes you wait, you are in good company.”  (Nicky Gumbel)

“Always leave things better than you found them. Especially people.” (Dr. Henry Cloud)

“We are your beloved children – with a forgiven past, a graced present, and a guaranteed future. You’re not an absentee landlord, but an engaged Father – not a hiding Lord, but a ruling King. We don’t have to like your timing, understand your ways, or pretend about anything. But because of what you’ve done for us in Jesus, we can totally trust you.” (Scotty Smith)

“There is more mercy in Christ than sin in us.” (Richard Sibbs)

“When we say, ‘I can’t believe in a God who would ________,’ we’re saying we don’t really want a God beyond our comprehension.” (Tim Keller)

“The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” (Hubert H. Humphrey)

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