Think of Abraham. The past argued against his ever having a child. So did the present. His only hope lay in the promises of God for the future. As long as he looked back, he would never have faith to believe God. His only hope was to step out into the future, trusting that somehow, someway God would keep his promises.
– Keep Believing, Ray Pritchard, page 114
Nothing worthwhile is gained by sloth and wishful thinking.
– The Art of War For Writers, James Scott Bell, page 18
It is my view that if there is one thing that people of large accomplishment have in common is is that they are not limited to just one particular area of expertise…They are curious about everything around them…
– John Glenn quoted in Dr. Space The Life of Wernher von Braun, Bob Ward, Foreword
I find myself thinking. ‘When life settles down, I’ll…’ But I should have learned by now that life never settles down for long. Whatever I want to accomplish, I must do with life unsettled.”
– Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald S. Whitney, page 303
Accountability is essential in order for any servant to remain pure and pliable clay in the Master’s hand.
– Improving Your Serve , Charles R. Swindoll, Page 155
I hope that the employees and computer programs my bank uses are highly accurate, to the penny. I trust the data surrounding my account is protected and backed up regularly.
Imagine that I visit the bank to withdraw money. A somber teller ruins my day with these words, “I’m sorry. We have no account in your name. We have no record indicating you are a customer of this bank. Are you sure you’re at the right bank?”
I struggle to remain calm. Someone has robbed me and taken away the money I need to buy food and pay bills. I do not shrug my shoulders and walk away. I demand to see someone in charge. I may return home to retrieve my statements or my checkbook but this investigation will be pushed until I have closure. Once the bank’s records are straightened out and my account is properly restored, I will likely close my account and move to another bank. My confidence and faith in that institution are now permanently damaged.
– John W. Nichols
Acts, Book of
Acts is not a manual with blueprints and a set of instructions on how to be a church. Acts is not a utopian fantasy on what a perfect church would look like. Acts as a detailed story of the way in which the first church became a church. A story is not a script to be copied. A story develops and narrative sense in us so that we, alert to the story of Jesus, will be present and obedience and believing as we participate in the ways that the Holy Spirit is forming the Jesus life in us. The plot (Jesus) is the same. But the actual places and circumstances and names will be different and form a narrative that is unique to our time and place, circumstances in people. Churches are not franchises to be reproduced exactly as possible wherever and whenever…
– The Pastor, Eugene H. Peterson, pages 118-119
Even under the economy of redemption it is most clear that we are to endure infirmities, otherwise there were no need of the promised Spirit to help us in them.
– Lectures To My Students – Volume 1 , C.H. Spurgeon, Page 123
His answers frequently do not look at first like answers. They look like problems. They look like trouble. They look like loss, disappointment, affliction, conflict, sorrow, and increased selfishness. They cause deep soul wrestling and expose sins and doubts and fears. They are not what we expect, and we often do not see how they correspond to our prayers.
– Don’t Follow Your Heart: God’s Ways Are Not Your Ways, Jon Bloom, Kindle Edition locations 493-495
For some days past, the Genl. Assemblies of the two branches of the Presbyterian Church (Old and New Schools) have been in session here; and I grieve to find that they act more like caucusses [sic] of Radical Politicians than like courts of christian Churches.
–The Diary of Edward Bates 1859-1866, Edward Bates (Lincoln’s Attorney General), May 29 1866, Page 557
However, I began to understand that arguing on the Internet is like peeing into the wind: it feels great at first, but it gets messy really quickly.
– The Most Excellent Way to Lead, Perry Noble, Page 117
Created in the likeness of God, humanity desires to create; not being God, however, it cannot create out of nothing. The artists can only combine into new forms the existent God-given principles of nature, such as Motion, Order, Unity, and Mystery.
– Lightning Man – The Accursed Life of Samuel, F. B. Morse, Kenneth Silverman, page 82
“Christ”, said van Gogh, “is more of an artist than the artists; he works in the living spirit and the living flesh; he makes men instead of statues.”
– Windows of the Soul, Ken Gire, page 97