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A Christianity that costs nothing, is worth nothing.
If you do not enjoy what you have now, how can you be happier with more?
A Christian isn't a person who has received a new start in life. A Christian is a person who has received a new life to start with.
You must be melted, before you can be molded.
You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart, until it is burning within your own.
Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be completely fearless, wonderfully happy, and in constant trouble.
Until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.
Those whom God will employ are first struck with a sense of their unworthiness to be employed.
If your Christianity is comfortable, it is compromised.
To pay the price of obedience, is to escape the cost of disobedience.
Committment is a relationship with Christ that enables you in the midst of lifes greatest comforts, to be willing to die, and in the midst of lifes greatest trials, to be willing to live.
He who lives for God's honor and glory seeks neither praise nor reward. But in the end he is certain of both.
Most people do not want to know the will of God in order to do it. They want to know it in order to consider it.
99% of knowing God's will is being prepared to do it before you know what it is.
Ease is never good for the people of God.
The life rooted in God cannot be uprooted.
Do not grumble because you don't have what you want, rather, be exceedingly grateful that you don't get what you deserve.
To praise God for our miseries ends them. To praise God for our blessings extends them.
The bible is not only the worlds best seller, it is also man's best purchase.
There is a vast difference between the men that make books and the book that makes men.
True courage is like a kite, a contrary wind raises it higher.
The evolutionists seem to know everything about the missing link except that it is missing.
The probability of life originating by accident is comparable to the probability of the complete dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing factory.
A person becomes wise by observing what happens when he isn't.
Experience is the best teacher and considering what it cost us, it should be.
The man who knows how will always find a place in life, but the man who knows why will likely be his boss.
Wisdom is the art of knowing what to fight for, and what to simply overlook.
A man who has made a mistake and does not correct it is making a greater mistake. Plato
He who has no fire in himself cannot warm others.
A Christian either makes the world better, or the world makes him worse.
The bible keeps you from sin, and sin keeps you from the bible.
When the Lord does not have priority one in your life, He has no priority.
Give your life to God. He can do more with it than you can.
If God has called you, don't spend time looking over your shoulder to see who is following.
Were it not for sin, death would have never had a beginning. And were it not for death, sin would have never had an ending.
Seven days without prayer makes one weak.
Christ must be Lord of all or else He is not Lord at all.
I may not be what I should be, but by the grace of God I am not what I used to be.
Avoid following the crowd. Be unpopular when necessary.
God created the world out of nothing. And as long as we are nothing He can make something out of us./Martin Luther
Don't make the mistake of letting yesterday use up to much of today.
The bible is the only book in which the author is always present.
We don't need more strength or more ability or greater opportunity. What we need is to use what we have.
Truth is always strong no matter how weak it looks, and falsehood is always weak no matter how strong it looks.
The price of growth is always less than the cost of stagnation.
Success is going from one failure to another failure, without losing your enthusiasm./Winston Churchill
Satisfaction in life arises in knowing you are where you belong./Joni Eareckson Tada
You have no control over which way the wind blows, but you can adjust your sails.
Don't sweat the small stuff; and it's all small stuff!
It's not what happens to us that counts, but what happens inside us that really matters.
The unexamined life is not worth living./Socrates
Controversy for the sake of controversy is sin. Controversy for the sake of truth is a divine command./Walter Martin
It is not my love for Christ that controls me. It is Christ's love for me that controls me.
Christ came to pay a debt that He did not owe, because we owed a debt that we could not pay.
I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.
Many people believe in you. Just make sure you are one of them./Marodet
Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% of how you respond to it./Chuck Swindoll
Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long, and the pay is low. But the retirement benefits are out of this world.
Christians are like tea bags. You have to put them in hot water to see how strong they are.
If you don't like the way you were born, try being born again.
If you cannot find happiness along the way, you will not find it at the end of the road.
The problem with the average Christian, is that he is an average Christian.
What we see as adversity, God sees as opportunity.
God doesn't call those who are equipped. God equips those whom He calls.
The best time of the day is "now."
It is not our ability that God desires, it is our availability.
When Jesus called me into His Army, I had nothing. And if I end up with nothing, I will still break even.
JUSTICE is when you get what you deserve. MERCY is when you don't get what you deserve. GRACE is when you get what you don't deserve.
Do unto others as if you were the others.
Where God leads-God feeds. Where God guides-God provides.
Without hope, you have no dream. Without a dream, you have no tomorrow. Without a tomorrow, you do not exist.
If God has brought you to it, God will bring you through it.
I don't understand the situation, but I understand God.
SMILE! It adds to your face value!
The best helping hand you will ever find is at the end of your own arm.
He who angers you, controls you.
There is always free food on a fishhook.
It is more valuable to seek God's presence than it is to seek God's presents.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have./Socrates
Change the way you look at things, and the things you look at will change.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires, than him who overcomes his enemies./Aristotle
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something./Plato
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender./Vince Lombardi
All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God./Voltaire
A rich person is not one that has the most, but one who needs the least.
What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt./Abe Lincoln
There is no high, like The Most High.
Happiness is not having what you want, it's wanting what you have.
Don't count the days; make the days count.
Make sure what you're living for, is worth dying for.
Always remember that you're unique. Just like everyone else.
A person who kneels before God, can stand before anything.
You may be one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
If you don't have a reason to die, you don't have a reason to live.
I believe in Christianity as I believe in the sun; Not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else./C.S.Lewis
Make failure, your teacher; not your undertaker.
Safety is not found in the absence of danger, but in the presence of God.
We want God to change our circumstances, but God wants to use our circumstances to change us.
Christians are supposed to be the light of the world, but you can't be a light if you're not plugged in.
You need both blessings and difficulties, because one without the other is neither.
When you forgive, the debt doesn't just go away. You absorb the debt. That's why forgiveness is so hard.
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty./Wiinston Churchill
To suffer passes, to have suffered never passes.
The real issue is not why is there evil. The real issue is how could a Holy God crush His own Son, who was without sin, to forgive the evil in my heart?
We like to talk about having the faith to be healed. What about the faith to be sick?/Mike Mason
Paul welcomed hearbreak, disillusionment, and tribulation, for only one reason. These things kept him immovable in his devotion to the gospel of God./Oswald Chambers
This is God's universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God, and less satisfaction in the world."/John Piper
He who has God, has everything. He who has everything but God, has nothing./Augustine
There was God and a scientist. God asked the scientist, "so you can make anything I can?" Scientist said, "yes I can." God said, "ok go ahead." The scientist went to grab up some dirt from the ground. God said, "wait a minute, get your own dirt!"
If you see a Bible that is falling apart, it probably belongs to someone who isn't!/Vance Havner
A real Christian is a person who can give his pet parrot to the town gossip.
When God's sheep are in danger, the shepherd must not gaze at the stars and meditate on "inspirational" themes. He is morally obliged to grab his weapon and run to their defense./A.W. Tozer
The nearer [the believer] draws to God and the more he sees of God�s holiness and perfections, the more thoroughly is he sensible of his own countless imperfections./J.C. Ryle
Hard words, if they be true, are better than soft words if they be false./C.H. Spurgeon
Peace if possible, truth at all costs./Martin Luther
To get out of difficulty, we must go through it.
The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.
Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.
You will never be the person God wants you to be, if afflictions, trials, and disciplines are taken out of your life.
Men do not decide their future. They decide their habits and their habits decide their future.
If you're going through hell, keep going./Winston Churchill
God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to cleanse them./John Aughey
We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to learn that it is God shaking them./Charles West
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away.
The thing about our choices is that after we have made them, they turn around and make us.
The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands in times of challenge and controversy./Martin Luther King.
Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility./Augustine.
The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are, but the awareness of your impurity./Phillip Yancey.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less./C.S. Lewis.
Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified him, but have glorified themselves./Blaise Pascal.
Always stand on principle, even if you stand alone./John Quincy Adams
A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.�/Dwight Eisenhower.
Live so, that the Preacher Won't Have to Lie At Your Funeral.
He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
You may never know that JESUS is all you need, until JESUS is all you have./Corrie Ten Boom.
Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world./C.S. Lewis.
There are two types of people who say very little: the quiet type and the gabby type.
When you have spoken a harsh word, it reigns over you. When it is unspoken, you reign over it.
If you will be moved by men's criticism, you will be moved by their praise---Be dead to both!
Only God can turn a MESS into a MESSAGE, a TEST into a TESTIMONY, a TRIAL into a TRIUMPH, and a VICTIM into a VICTOR!
The task of the preacher is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable./Vance Havner
Prayer is a means of bringing us into conformity with God's will, not a magic mantra that ensures God's conformity to our will.
You can't force anyone to drink of Jesus Christ. But you can put salt in the oats, to make them thirsty.
The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.
I'm weary of hearing about the religious right, and the religious left. The issue is not right or left; it is right or wrong."/Adrian Rogers.
If you are only born once, you will die twice. If you are born twice, you will only die once.
Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil, it has no point.
Any man who thinks that he deserves heaven is not a Christian. But for any man who knows that he deserves hell, there is hope./M. Lloyd-Jones
Never fear dying, beloved. Dying is the last, but the least matter that a Christian has to be anxious about. Fear living. That is a hard battle to fight, a stern discipline to endure, a rough voyage to undergo./Charles Spurgeon.
I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against The Rock of Ages./Charles Spurgeon.
God became a man to die for the man who wanted to become God.
Faith is not the currency of The Kingdom of Heaven, it is my response to the riches that are already there./Malcolm Smith.
It's not the years of your life that matter, it's the life in the years make the difference.
Tragedy is not in dying young, but in living long robust life, and never using your life for what is of eternal significance./Charles Spurgeon.
Before you can change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind.
BUDDHA - Born 563 B.C., Died 483 B.C. Body destroyed by cremation.
CONFUCIUS - Born 551 B.C., Died 479 B.C. Body in burial plot.
MOHAMMED - Born 570 A.D., Died 632 A.D. Body entombed.
JESUS CHRIST - Born 6-4 B.C., Died 30 A.D.TOMB E-M-P-T-Y.
Christ was not 37 when He died but around 33. The reason the dates are erratic is due to the changes in the Jewish and Roman calendars. Today we follow the Gregorian calendar. The Bible tells us in Luke 3:23 that Jesus was about 30 when He began His ministry. His ministry continued 3 1/2 years until He was crucified.
We need God as much in the calm, as we do in the storm.
I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought. But World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones./Albert Einstein.
To yield and give way to our passions is the lowest slavery, even as to rule over them is the only victory./Justin the Philosopher.
Ships don't sink because of the water around them. Ships sink because of the water that gets in them. Don't let what's happening around you, get inside of you and weigh you down.
The good that I have received from my sorrows, and pains, and griefs, is all together incalculable. Affliction is the best bit of furniture in my house./Charles Spurgeon.
Calvinists wrongly suggest that non-Calvinists claim to initiate their own salvation. This is egregious, divisive, and untrue! A man can no more initiate the new creation than he can initiate the original special creation ex nihilo, when THE CREATOR created all things.
When you run alone, it's called a RACE. When you run with God, it's called G-RACE.
The Lord gets His best soldiers from the highlands of affliction./Spurgeon.
If the train doesn't stop at your station, then it's not your train.
When you have a problem, you need to go to the Throne, not to the phone.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.
You will search for me in another person, I promise. And you will never find me.
I never met a strong person with an easy past.
To love someone is nothing. To be loved by someone is something. To love someone and to be loved by someone is everything.
Sometimes God lets you hit rock bottom so that you will discover that He is The Rock at the bottom.
The person that comes out of the storm is not the same person that walks into the storm. And that is the purpose of the storm.
INJUSTICE anywhere is a threat to JUSTICE everywhere.
Those who leave everything in God's hands will eventually see God's hands in everything.
OLD HABITS: Drugs, Getting Drunk, Raising Hell, Smoking�Grass, Cursing, Unrestrained Sex, Tearing Up Stuff, Skipping�Work, Quitting Job, Bumming off People.NEW HABITS: Reading the Bible, Memorizing the Bible,�Teaching the Bible, Razing Hell instead of Raising Hell, Planting�Grass instead of Smoking Grass, Having Church, Biblical Sex,� Holding a Job, Helping Others, Crying With and Praying�With The Hurting.
If you focus on the pain, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.
God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially armed you to go through it, not without pain, but without stain./C. S. Lewis.�
Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.
Holiness is NOT the way to Christ. Christ is the way to Holiness.
The devil saw me with my head down and he thought he won, until I said, "amen".
Think not that humility is weakness; it shall supply the marrow of strength to thy bones. Stoop and conquer; bow thyself and become invincible./Charles Spurgeon.
God will make the rest of your life, the best of your life.
We come to good works by faith, and not to faith by good works.
When a bird is alive, it eats ants. When the bird is dead, ants eat the bird. One tree makes a million match sticks. One match stick can burn down a million trees.
Jesus....the one who stoops down next to you and whispers, �Where are your accusers now?�
God's love is like an ocean. You can see its beginning, but not its end.
He who has been with God in the closet, will find God with him in the furnace./Spurgeon.
Before embarking on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
In prison Joseph lay innocent between 2 criminals. Jesus likewise lay on the cross between 2 theives. Joseph foretells the salvation of one and the death of the other. On the cross Jesus saves the one repentant criminal and condemns the reprobate for the same crime. But whereas Joseph only prophesies, Jesus acts. Joseph asks the man who will be saved to remember him when he is elevated. But Jesus saves the man who asks that he be remembered when Jesus comes into His kingdom./Blaise Pascal
And Jesus was lifted up upon a tree, and an inscription was attached indicating who was being killed. Who was it? It is a grievous thing to tell, but a most fearful thing to refrain from telling. But listen, as you tremble before Him on whose account the earth trembled! He who hung the earth in place is hanged. He who fixed the heavens in place is fixed in place. He who made all things fast is made fast on a tree. The Sovereign is insulted. God is murdered. The King of Israel is destroyed by an Israelite hand.