Total found: 298
A.W. Tozer
[The Church] has lived through its early travails and has now come to accept an easier way of life. It is content to carry on its painless program with enough money to pay its bills and a membership large enough to assure its future. Its members now look to it for security rather than for guidance in the battle between good and evil. It has become a school instead of a barracks. Its members are students, not soldiers. They study the experiences of others instead of seeking new experiences of their own.
A.W. Tozer
The only power God recognizes in His church is the power of His Spirit whereas the only power actually recognized today by the majority of evangelicals is the power of man.
Abhijit Naskar
The Church has carried out some of the most inhuman and above all un-Christian acts of human history, yet, it is still gloriously hailed by the majority of human population as to be synonymous with Jesus Christ.
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
Abhijit Naskar
If you are truly able to walk in the shoes of Christ, the very label of religion called Christianity would disappear from the face of earth.
Abhijit Naskar
Holiness in the purest form is independent of all textual doctrines, all churches and all institutions.
Abhijit Naskar
From a medical standpoint, the third and the most probable explanation is that Jesus was indeed dead, and what his disciples experienced were mere hallucinations evoked by the grief over the loss of their beloved teacher. It is clinically known as Post-Bereavement Hallucinations Experiences or PBHE.
Abhijit Naskar
He (Jesus) gave up his life not because of the so-called sins of humanity, but because he was too adamant to give in to orthodox monstrosity.
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
Abraham Lincoln
I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No
Abraham Lincoln
I don't like to hear cut and dried sermons. No
Adam S. McHugh
In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images.
Adam S. McHugh
When introverts go to church, we crave sanctuary in every sense of the word, as we flee from the disorienting distractions of twenty-first-century life. We desire to escape from superficial relationships, trivial communications and the constant noise that pervade our world, and find rest in the probing depths of God's love.
Adam S. McHugh
The verbal tool of exploring mystery together is not confrontation or preaching but dialogue. We subject ourselves to the same questions we pose to others, and as we traverse them together, we may arrive at surprising conclusions we could never have reached when simply trying to defeat one another's logic. Our questions are open ended, granting the other person the freedom to respond or not to respond. The questions stick with us, even haunt us, long after we ask them, and we await insight together. The process is more important than an immediate decision.
Adam S. McHugh
God has always been about the business of shattering expectations, and in our culture, the standards of leadership are extroverted. It perfectly follows the biblical trend that God would choose the unexpected and the culturally unfit - like introverts - to lead his church for the sake of greater glory.
Alan Hirsch
Whether [new Protestant church movements] place their emphasis on new worship styles, expressions of the Holy Spirit's power, evangelism to seekers, or Bible teaching, these so-called new movements still operate out of the fallacious assumption that the church belongs firmly in the town square, that is, at the heart of Western culture. And if they begin with this mistaken belief about their position in Western society, all their church planting, all their reproduction will simply mirror this misapprehension.
Alin Sav
The Gospel is the good news, not the grouse news. Preaching is not beating, it´s informing in a christlike way.
Alin Sav
Preaching the Gospel in a brutal way is like telling your wife that you love her while she gets a punch right in her face.
Alin Sav
In a Church, user experience is the ultimate marketing and branding strategy. The experience is the product that leads to faith.
Alistair Begg
A good church is a Bible-centered church. Nothing is as important as this--not a large congregation, a witty pastor, or tangible experiences of the Holy Spirit.
Ally Condie
Isn't it funny how the memories you cherish before a breakup can become your worst enemies afterwards? The thoughts you loved to think about, the memories you wanted to hold up to the light and view from every angle--it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box, far from the light of day and throw away the key. It's not an act of bitterness. It's an act if self-preservation. It's not always a bad idea to stay behind the window and look out at life instead, is it?
Andrew Zolli
Resilient communities relied on informal networks of deep trust to contend with and heal disruption.
Anna Aquino
I was going to stop pretending that just because we were in ministry we were perfect. I was tired of wearing the mask of ministry, and knew that I needed to start living the life.
Anna Aquino
She was going to be okay. I knew she was. She had forever changed my life and I had changed hers. I had heard a soldier once speak of the camaraderie men who fight in battle have with each other. I felt that way with Bathsheba now. She was more than just a name in my Bible, and we'd become more than just friends.
Anna Aquino
Jennifer was good at her job and loved it. However, I hated the fact she was forced on me. She was young, beautiful, and thin. Everything I never felt that I was, and she always insisted on wearing heels and cute little suits in the office. Really? Who had such bionic feet that they could wear those day in and day out. My attitude toward her bordered on civil with a touch of sarcasm. I was sure she had stories to tell the women in the church on how hard I was to work with. I told myself I didn't care. I'd wear flip-flops and flats at my desk and sequester all shoes over a two-inch heel to be worn only on Sundays.
Anna Aquino
Wasn't I allowed at least one nervous breakdown a year? Maybe next year Jon and I could pencil it into our calendar. Maybe we could post it in the church bulletin. It would read ATTENTION: Our Dear Pastor's wife is scheduling her annual nervous breakdown, so if you could avoid calling, texting, emailing, or whining in her direction for the next week between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., she would be most grateful.
Anna Aquino
An idle mind was a recipe for disaster. Bathsheba wasn't just teetering on the edge; I knew she was going to be diving right into a pool of tragedy.
Anna Aquino
Nosey gossiping church members were sucking out my passion for life leaving me an irritable shell of what I felt called to do on this earth. Surely that hadn't been God's will. The comfortable stuffy American church needed to wake up from their petty problems, and see what it was like for two minutes for Christians in the rest of the world.
Anna Aquino
Repentance seemed like too loose of a word. I knew I'd been wrong, but that didn't soften the blow.
Anne Lamott
I realized I was going to get through this disappointing service, and anyway, you have to be somewhere: better here, where I have heard truth spoken so often, than, say, at the DMV, or home alone, orbiting my own mind. And it's good to be out where others can see you, so you can't be your ghastly spoiled self. It forces you to act slightly more elegantly, and this improves your thoughts, and thereby the world.
Anne Lamott
Teenagers who do not go to church are adored by God, but they don't get to meet some of the people who love God back.
Augustine of Hippo
There are wolves within, and there are sheep without.
Braden Pedersen
Those who criticize the innovative concept of multi-site churches must also remember that at one point stained glass and hymnals were new as well.
Brennan Manning
The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. 'They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.''What are you complaining about?' said God. 'They won't let Me in either.
Brian D. McLaren
...churches would aim to take people at every age and ability level and help them become the most loving version of themselves possible. They would help people face the challenges of life--challenges that could make them bitter, self-absorbed, callous, or hateful--with openness, courage, and generosity. (p. 54)
Brian D. McLaren
We must understand the essence of our faith to be something other than a list of opinions, propositions, or statements that our group holds but cannot prove. (p. 22)
C. Christopher Smith
In conversation we are sustained by the wisdom of those who have gone before us. We are also empowered to discern how we will face the challenges of both the present and the future. Reading is essential to this conversational way of life, as we often cannot literally converse with our forbears or with those who are following similar vocations in other places. We read as a way of listening to the wisdom of others. The conversation continues as we reply to this wisdom both internally and externally. Internally, we reply as we grapple to make sense of this wisdom in our own context. Externally, we reply to our reading as we discuss it with our church or work community.
Carl Lentz
I made the fearful decision to head to Sydney, Australia, to study the Bible. My calling, my wife, Laura, my church, my passion
Carl Lentz
I made the fearful decision to head to Sydney, Australia, to study the Bible. My calling, my wife, Laura, my church, my passion
Carl Lentz
I made the fearful decision to head to Sydney, Australia, to study the Bible. My calling, my wife, Laura, my church, my passion
Carl R White
Belief is a wonderful way to pass the time until the facts come in.
Carl Sagan
But we have no [Marian] apparitions cautioning the Church against, say, accepting the delusion of an Earth-centered Universe, or warning it of complicity with Nazi Germany
Carlos A. Rodriguez
Tough times don't define you, they refine you. ‪
Carlton T. Brown
I am accountable.I am correctable.I am transformable.Presenting myself a living sacrifice to God. By the love of God.By the word of God.Completely supplied in Christ Jesus.Unto all good works.
Carolyn Custis James
Officially, the New Testament church at an early stage took seriously their responsibility for widows who lacked family or other resources. The office of deacon was instituted initially to address this pressing need.
Cassandra Clare
Church was doing what he often did when dropped - lying on his back with all four legs in the air, pretending to be dead in order to induce guilt in his owners.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.
Charles M. Schulz
I do not like a high-organized church. I think that as soon as the congregation reaches a level of one hundred or so people, it is time to build a new church. As soon as the congregation gets to the point where you are not on fairly intimate terms with every other person in that church, then you have become a theater where people can attend services. I do not think you can attend a church service. Service is not something which is there to be viewed as if it were a play or a movie.
Charles M. Schulz
Those who find no humor in faith are probably those who find the church a refuge for their own black way of looking at life, although I think many of us find the church a refuge for a lot of our personality faults. Those of us, for example, who never learned to dance feel that the church is an ideal place for us if we can find a church that doesn't believe in dancing. Then we can get away with never having learned how to dance. You can carry this in all sorts of directions and see that the church is a refuge for what is really a 'flaw' in your own makeup.
Chinua Achebe
Mr. Brown had thought of nothing but numbers. He should have known that the kingdom of God did not depend on large crowds. Our Lord Himself stressed the importance of fewness. Narrow is the way and few the number. To fill the Lord's holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamoring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence. Our Lord used the whip only once in His life - to drive the crowd away from His church.
Christian Michael
The Word that will change a man must first show the man who he really is.
Christian Michael
The end product of the successful preacher's input is transformation.
Christopher Hitchens
The anti-life of [Jerry Falwell] proves only one thing: that you can get away with the most extraordinary offenses to morality and truth in this country if you'll just get yourself called Reverend. People like that should be out in the street, shouting and hollering with a cardboard sign and selling pencils from a cup.
Clement of Rome
We know many among ourselves who have given themselves up to bonds, in order that they might ransom others. Many, too, have surrendered themselves to slavery, that with the price which they received for themselves, they might provide food for others.
Criss Jami
The rather difficult antagonists towards the Church consist not nearly of the cruel and heartless, nihilistic intellectuals who hate God and humanity, but the well-meaning spirits who for the most part lack an understanding of the Spirit.
Criss Jami
Without Christ a people may always have the freedom to do, but never the power to complete.
Dallas Willard
The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes- a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power. The greatest danger to the Christian church today is that of pitching its message too low.
Dan Kimball
Time and again I hear how important the darker environment is to those at our vintage-faith worship gathering. Attenders feel they can freely pray in a corner by themselves without feeling that everyone is staring at them.
Daniel Henderson
I have concluded that the more we seek the Lord, with a passion for His worthiness, the more we are gripped with our neediness. Adoration cultivates desperation.
Daniel Henderson
There is a difference between a church that prays and a praying church. One has prayer programs. The other develops a prayer culture.
Dannika Dark
Where did you meet? he pressed on.I shrugged and considered a little rephrasing. I was out for a run.From who?I leaned back to take a long, very long, slow sip of that beer.Knox leaned forward. I think we're both bullsh*tting here, you ever play that card game?With my grandma, every Sunday after church.
DaShanne Stokes
Same-sex marriage has not created problems for religious institutions; religious institutions have created problems for same-sex marriage.
David Holdsworth
What if we who follow Jesus worked as one unit? What if we put aside the slight doctrinal differences, the denominational/movement mentality? What if we saw it as it truly will be one day - people of every tribe, kindred, tongue and nation united in one common cause! What if we all stood as one powerful resounding force against all oppression and wickedness and for all righteousness, peace and love. What if we were a city on a hill, a light that cannot be hidden. What if....what if?
David F. Wells
What is to be gained if we are so intent in reaching out to the unchurched that we then unchurch the reached?
David Grachek
Yesterday is the last day of the past. Tomorrow is brimming with hope, so today is meant to lived large. Enjoy your moments!
David James Duncan
Our lack of community is intensely painful. A TV talk show is not community. A couple of hours in a church pew each Sabbath is not community. A multinational corporation is neither a human nor a community, and in the sweatshops, defiled agribusiness fields, genetic mutation labs, ecological dead zones, the inhumanity is showing. Without genuine spiritual community, life becomes a struggle so lonely and grim that even Hillary Clinton has admitted it takes a village.
Dr Paul Gitwaza
Har' icyumba satani atemerewe kujyamo n'umutima wawe kereste wowe umwemereye
Dr Paul Gitwaza
There is only one room that the Devil can't dare enter in unless if you let him, and that, is your heart.
Dragos Bratasanu
The holiest place on Earth, is not a temple or a church, but our relationship to one another.
Ed Galisewski
On the subject of who is to blame for our disunity - The easy conclusion- thatthe devil is at work trying to destroy the church- is true, but itʼs not the whole story. Ofcourse the enemy is at work doing that. But closer examination shows that much ofthe blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the church itself-on believers in god-andhow our own devilish deeds have alienated other followers of God. Sadly, weʼve donethe devilʼs work for him.
Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
I'm not particularly in favor of doctrine or creed, ordination, the elevation of holy texts, the institution of church, or, for that matter, Christianity. Like most religions, it has irreconcilable shortcomings and an unforgivable history. What I do favor is the attempt to make sense of things by living within a story. The Christian story, for good or ill, is my inheritance.
Francis Chan
Our greatest fear as individuals & as a church should not be of failure, but of suceeding at things in life that dont really matter.
Francis Perrin
Raised in a completely nonreligious family, Joliot never attended any church and was a thoroughgoing atheist all his life.
Frank D. Gilroy
The Lord doesn't want anybody in His house who has to be dragged there.
Fulton J. Sheen
It takes three to make love, not two: you, your spouse, and God. Without God people only succeed in bringing out the worst in one another. Lovers who have nothing else to do but love each other soon find there is nothing else. Without a central loyalty life is unfinished.
Fulton J. Sheen
Why are those who are notoriously undisciplined and unmoral also most contemptuous of religion and morality? They are trying to solace their own unhappy lives by pulling the happy down to their own abysmal depths.
G.K. Chesterton
As for the general view that the Church was discredited by the War
Gangai Victor
True worship leaders worship the Lord at all times and use songs only when necessary.
Glenn Hefley
Except... what Jesus said was: I will build My church, not you. The verse is not a prediction, it is a proclamation of the Lord of the Earth, who never once talked of children in subjection. or wives be grave... sober, faithful in all things. In fact, reading the New Testament from the Gospels into Paul's letters, is like watching the Wizard of Oz backwards -- going from a world of color and amazement, into a land of black-and-white with insane devout women trying to kill your dog. -- editorial 2014
Guillaume Apollinaire
You alone in Europe are not ancient oh ChristianityThe most modern European is you Pope Pius XAnd you whom the windows observe shame keeps youFrom entering a church and confessing this morningYou read the prospectuses the catalogues the billboards that sing aloudThat's the poetry this morning and for the prose there are the newspapersThere are the 25 centime serials full of murder mysteriesPortraits of great men and a thousand different headlines(Zone)
Hans Küng
The Pope would have an easier job than the President of the United States in adopting a change of course. He has no Congress alongside him as a legislative body nor a Supreme Court as a judiciary. He is absolute head of government, legislator and supreme judge in the church. If he wanted to, he could authorize contraception over night, permit the marriage of priests, make possible the ordination of women and allow eucharistic fellowship with this Protestant churches. What would a Pope do who acted in the spirit of Obama?
Hans Küng
If you cannot see that divinity includes male and female characteristics and at the same time transcends them, you have bad consequences. Rome and Cardinal O'Connor base the exclusion of women priests on the idea that God is the Father and Jesus is His Son, there were only male disciples, etc. They are defending a patriarchal Church with a patriarchal God. We must fight the patriarchal misunderstanding of God.
Hans Küng
Everyone agrees the celibacy rule is just a Church law dating from the 11th century, not a divine command.
Harper Lee
Again, as I had often met it in my own church, I was confronted with the Impurity of Women doctrine that seemed to preoccupy all clergymen.
Helen Keller
It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
Henry Hon
It is so easy and effortless for Christians to just join a church and follow its leadership and practices without seeking the Lord for personal discernment.
Henry Hon
Without the persistent rising up of individuals that seek the Lord and place themselves under His direct leadership, churches will inevitably...slip into human hierarchy, institutionalizing a system of doctrines and practices.
Henry Martyn
The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.
Hyrum Yeakley
After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second must come willingness.Third should come understanding.Fourth should come progression and with progression will come more understanding.
Hyrum Yeakley
Just please understand that everyone is going through a rough time as well. Even if they are hiding behind money or a simple smile. We are all continuously stumbling as we go about our lives. If we had perfect lives we'd all be perfect people. Only thing we can learn to do is endure or we will not be happy and happiness is the closest thing to perfect.
Hyrum Yeakley
Once you start questioning your beliefs, that's when it's all over. It is truly doubt that kills our conviction.
Hyrum Yeakley
During these hard times in the world we should always remember to keep our families and friends close.
Hyrum Yeakley
After you hear and listen. First must come desire. Second must come willingness.Third should come understanding.Fourth should come progression and with progression will come more understanding..
Ilona Andrews
Did those nice church ladies come by again? He nodded. I asked them if a man died and then the woman remarried, and then the three of them met in heaven, would it be a sin for them to have a threesome, since they were all married in God's eye. And they decided they were late to be somewhere else.
Israelmore Ayivor
Know God and let Him be known. You were saved by grace for greater works apportioned for you even before you were born. Share the good news.
J.Adam Snyder
Mankind will never know peace until the last politician is strangled to death with the entrails of the last priest.
Jalina Mhyana
Every Sunday behind bibles, virgins,soldiers tight against me, longing,and my pelvis rubbing gods'to the big black woman voices.Soldiers tight against me, longing,all that rising, sitting, kneelingto the big black woman voices,spirits warming, tensing, folding, thenall that rising, sitting, kneelinglike some kind of dance, a mating,spirits warming, tensing, folding andgod went Shhhhh between my thighs
James Baldwin
Whose little boy are you?
James K.A. Smith
We have created youth ministry that confuses extroversion with faithfulness. We have effectively communicated to young people that sincerely following Jesus is synonymous with being 'fired up' for Jesus, with being excited for Jesus, as if discipleship were synonymous with fostering an exuberant, perky, cheerful, hurray-for-Jesus disposition like what we might find in the glee club or at a pep rally.
James Patterson
I want to do it too! said Gazzy, sitting very, very quietly, completely motionless.Nope, said Nudge, shaking her head. You stand out like a fart in church.
James Robertson
People think we didn't have theatres in Scotland for centuries because the Church suppressed them. Well, perhaps. But you could also argue that we had theatres in every town and village in the land: they were called kirks, and every week folk packed in to see a one-man show about life, death and the universe.
James Rozoff
The places of quiet are going away, the churches, the woods, the libraries. And it is only in silence we can hear the voice inside of us which gives us true peace.
Jean Paul Friedrich Richter
On the church vaulting above was the clock-face of eternity, void of number and serving as its own hand, only one black finger was pointing and the dead wanted to tell the time by it.
Jim Anderson
The world is full of men who want to be right, when actually the secret of a man's strength and his pathway to true honor is his ability to admit fault when he has failed. God wants to fill the church with men who can say they are wrong when THEY ARE WRONG. A man who is willing to humble himself before God and his family and say:I was wrong. will find that his family has all the confidence in the world in him and will much more readily follow him. If he stubbornly refuses to repent or admit he was wrong, their confidence in him and in his leadership erodes.
Johann Baptist Metz
Sve Crkve stoje danas u našem postmodernom krajoliku poput stabala bez lišća.
John Boswell
There is no indication that any church official suggested or supported the emperor's action against gay people. On the contrary, the only persons known by name to have been punished for homosexual acts were prominent bishops.
John Bunyan
Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
John Calvin
The whole world is a theatre for the display of the divine goodness, wisdom, justice, and power, but the Church is the orchestra, as it were
John D. Zizioulas
Culture cannot be a monolithically universal phenomenon without some kind of demonic imposition of one culture over the rest of cultures. Nor is it possible to dream of a universal Christian culture without denying the dialectic between history and eschatology which is so central, among other things, to the eucharist itself. Thus, if there is a transcendence of cultural divisions on a universal level - which indeed must be constantly aimed at by the Church - it can only take place via the local situations expressed in and through the particular local Churches and not through universalistic structures which imply a universal Church.
John Irving
A person's faith goes at its own pace. The trouble with church is the service. A service is conducted for a mass audience. Just when I start to like the hymn, everyone plops down to pray. Just when I start to hear the prayer, everyone pops up to sing. And what does the stupid sermon have to do with God? Who knows what God thinks of current events? Who cares?
John Paul Warren
Life of any real value or substance is not formed during good times merely enjoyed.
John Paul Warren
The real architect of a life is the hard and almost impossible circumstances one faces.
John Paul Warren
Stop counting your years and start enjoying your seasons.
John Paul Warren
Moving forward implies MOTION when in all actuality it may be simply standing STILL and seeing the salvation of the Lord.
John Paul Warren
Many have exchanged the touch of God for the applause of men
John Paul Warren
Impossible situations TEST you and PROVE Him
John Paul Warren
Your outlook affects your outcome
John Paul Warren
If you perceive right you receive right. If you perceive wrong you receive wrong.
John Paul Warren
True leaders bring out your personal best. They ignite your human potential.
John Paul Warren
Leaders in OVER their heads is the mere result of getting ahead of their intended SEASON.
John Paul Warren
Your circumstances do NOT define you. Expect a GRAND finale.
John Paul Warren
My life has far exceeded my expectations not because of my own personal efforts or mindset but because of my friends who have enriched my existence
John Paul Warren
I define my life not by the things I have done, but by the people I have loved.
John Paul Warren
You can lose your MONEY. You can lose your FRIENDS. You can lose your JOB and you can lose your MARRIAGE...and still recover...as long as there is HOPE. Never lose HOPE.
John Paul Warren
The secret to strong leaders is that strong leaders are strong because they have been tempered by the negative. They have discovered the secret of combining the negative and the positive to PRODUCED their very own POWER plant!
John Paul Warren
Life seems to be fashioned and formed best out of the obstacles that seem unbearable.
John Paul Warren
There has never been a meaningful life built on easy street.
John Paul Warren
Cream always rises to the top...so do good leaders.
John Paul Warren
I would rather live short and right then long and wrong.
John Paul Warren
Too many in the Church today are likes babies in the nursery,they put everything in their mouth.
John Paul Warren
Coming to the END of MYSELF and all SELF effort...seems to be the very point that God steps in and shows HIMSELF to be more than ENOUGH.
John Paul Warren
I must admit, that I have learned more from my negative experiences than I have ever learned from my positive one.
John Paul Warren
Living life ONCE is enough...if you live life RIGHT.
John Paul Warren
I have not learned a single lesson, been inspired or impacted by another person's life void of negative experiences.
John Paul Warren
Faith UP! Your purpose is GREATER than all your PROBLEMS.
John Paul Warren
The IMPOSSIBLE is ONLY relevant to those who NEVER attempt it…otherwise it is ABSTACT and MEANINGLESS
John Paul Warren
A true dreamer is one who knows how to navigate in the dark.
John Paul Warren
live as temporal, serve as eternal
John Paul Warren
Be a FRIEND and stop worrying about having any
John Piper
Husbands and wives, recognize that in marriage you have become one flesh. If you live for your private pleasure at the expense of your spouse, you are living against yourself and destroying your joy. But if you devote yourself with all your heart to the holy joy of your spouse, you will also be living for your joy and making a marriage after the image of Christ and His church.
Jonathan L. Howard
No churchmen, I notice. Of course not. What use have they for a world without irrational fear?
Jordi Sierra i Fabra
España daba vueltas en círculos desde los días de los Reyes Católicos: guerras, dictaduras, reyes engendrando hijos idiotas con primas, tías y medio hermanas, la Iglesia, el perpetuo anclaje en el pasado, los militares, más guerras, más curas, más incultura...
Joris-Karl Huysmans
Far from seeking to justify, as does the Church, the necessity of torments and afflictions, he cried, in his outraged pity: 'If a God has made this world, I should not wish to be that God. The world's wretchedness would rend my heart.
Joseph Fletcher
The top 10% of the people who are most creative, constructive and thoughtful, do not have much to do with churches. To them the canons of reason come first, making faith secondary and questionable.
Joshua Harris
In fact, the Bible tells us that the union of man and woman in marriage points to the climatic final scene - when Christ returns for His church, the bride He died to save (Ephesians 5:31-32).
Justin Lee
... challenge the church to do better, be more of who Christ wants us to be ...
Justin Wetch
The pulpit is beautifully furnished and brightBut it's rotted in places not seen by the light
Kamand Kojouri
We don't find Godin temples and cathedrals.We don't find Himby standing on a prayer rug or sitting in a pew.God appears when welove someone other than ourselves.And we continue to feel His presence when we do good for others.Because God is not foundin mosques and synagogues.He resides in ourhearts.
Karla Perry
The kingdom of God works in all spheres of culture, whether church, family, education, government, arts, business, or media. It is time to stop operating under the mindset that these spheres ought to be separated into secular and Christian, hoarding all the 'sanctified spheres' into the church, thereby leaving the world struggling in a vacuum of death. When we suck all the living water into the church, the world is left to die of thirst.
Keith Richards
When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.
Kellen Roggenbuck
Don't ask God to show you the way if you're not willing to get moving.
Kellen Roggenbuck
If you aren't willing to fight for what you believe in, then you don't really believe in it. Faith is a verb.
Kellen Roggenbuck
Leadership calls for both wisdom and courage; the wisdom to know what to do is only half the battle. We must be courageous enough to actually do it.
Kim Clement
God doesn't act like the Church. No, instead, the Church must act like God.
Kingsley Opuwari Manuel
Don't just cry over your 10 or 20 member church. Sometimes, God gives you your future first. The ones you call little carry in them every possibility you desire of the future. God would send you leaders but they may come as weak men and women first. Don't be so 'gift' conscious that you fail to realize that certain things are results of growth.
Kingsley Opuwari Manuel
A disciple of Jesus Christ is a visible verbal follower of Jesus Christ at the expense of the ones and things that they hold dear. It's that serious.
Kingsley Opuwari Manuel
Persecution for Christians is not a possibility, it's a promise, it's not a maybe, it's a surely! Following Jesus can mean finding the trouble you've been looking for!
Kurt Reiner C. Suarez
Religion? Choose the truth path, true doctrine and true faith. Not all of the religion are safe except the religion of the Church of Christ. those who entered the door of Christ will be saved.
Kwaku Owusu Jnr
If you want to conquer fear then you have to put fear on your fears.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Worship God with deep reverence.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Christ Jesus is the Church.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
Lailah Gifty Akita
The glorious presence of God is with us. Let us rise in mighty strength to build the nation.
Lailah Gifty Akita
Your body is temple of the holy spirit.
Lailah Gifty Akita
A blessed deed is saying hello with a smile to someone you meet on the street, in the shop, in the bus, in the office, in the church, in the holy places, in the mosque, at the park, at the school, at the university…..' This is the greatest action of belonging to one another.
Ludvig Holberg
Guld er Guld, hvor det end findes, og Lærdom er Lærdom, af hvis Mund den end flyder; Forskiellen alleene kand være, at dens Lærdom, hvis Levnet svarer dertil, opbygger meer, end en andens, der intet andet haver at beraabe sig paa, uden paa den Ære at være indskreven udi Kirkens Matricul, og at han haver faaet Ret til at igiennemhegle Mennesker for det, som han dagligen selv øver.
Mac Canoza
WHEN SIN HINDERS YOUR WORSHIP.God will never delay His promise.You have delayed Him...However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8b
Mac Canoza
WORSHIP IS ACTION.Worship is not lazy, boring and sad.Worship is zealous, famous and joyful.
Mac Canoza
Only those who do not practice sin can stand in the presence of the holy God. -I NEVER KNEW YOU
Martin Luther King Jr.
All too many others have been more cautious than courageous and have remained silent behind the anesthetizing security of stained-glass windows
Matthew Henry
The way to preserve the peace of the church is to preserve its purity.
Michael L. Williams Jr.
When you are up in life your friends get to know who you are. When you are down in life you get to know who your friends are.#minoradjustments101
Michael Palin
It was a strange feeling going into a church I did not know for a service that I did not really believe in, but once inside I couldn't help a feeling of warmth and security. Outside there were wars and road accidents and murders, striptease clubs and battered babies and frayed tempers and unhappy marriages and people contemplating suicide and bad jokes, but once in St. Martin's there was peace. Surely people go to church not to involve themselves in the world's problems but to escape from them.
Mike Foster
Lobbing hand grenades on the bride of Christ takes zero talent or effort. I also think this really ticks God off. My five-year-old child complains and whines when things aren't the way she wants them, but courageous men and women roll up their sleeves and get busy. I want to be an active participant in putting back together the broken pieces.
Mikhail Khorev
I became a Christian at the age of seventeen. I made a very conscious act of commitment and my only desire was to be kept in purity and holiness throughout the whole time of my earthly pilgrimage. I didn't choose Christ's narrow path for the riches, fame, or comfortable life it would bring, for I had experienced several times in my family before I became a Christian that true discipleship would mean a life of persecution.
Mikhail Khorev
Living according to God's truth means that my ego must die, and I must live entirely for God and for my neighbors. Living according to God's truth means not following the crowd and not being dismayed when even your friends misunderstand you. For the God whom you serve will have the final word. On the day of judgement he will speak the final word over the whole of your life.
Mikhail Khorev
To promise to abide by this legislation, so inimical to God, would mean forsaking the gospel and turning away from God's law. This is why Christians have a choice to make, either to trade in their loyalty to God for freedom from persecution, or to remain true to Christ and consequently run the risk of persecution.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Most priests wish they were as righteous as they seem to most members of their congregations.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Most if not all sexually active people do not really love having sex; they merely love experiencing an orgasm every now and then.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
If God really valued loyalty, He would have blessed every single believer before He even considered blessing a single nonbeliever.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Even those who want to go to heaven would rather kill than be killed.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some women do not masturbate for pleasure; they masturbate to make a political statement: to remind us that women do not really need men (or at least not as much and as frequently as every single male chauvinist and every single misogynist believes).
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Whenever He answers prayers, God usually prioritizes those by people who, instead of their mouths, have prayed with their hands and/or feet.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The primary goal of a righteous parent who has a daughter is to minimize the number of boys and men for whom their daughter will have willingly opened her legs come her wedding day; the closer to zero, the more righteous they will seem.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Many millions of pregnancies
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Many millions of pregnancies
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some women have been faking orgasms for so long that they sometimes fake one when they are masturbating.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some men do not know the father of 'their' children.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Many millions of pregnancies
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
It was masturbation, not willpower, that made it possible for gazillions of women to walk down the aisle with their reputation and their hymen still intact.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some people are so sexually unattractive that the thought of masturbating turns them off.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Many millions of pregnancies
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
A man cannot really be called (sexually) confident if he has never bought his woman a vibrator.
Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Coco Chanel is said to have said that a girl should be two things: who and what she is. I say a girl should do two things: what and who she wants.
N.T. Wright
The church exists primarily for two closely correlated purposes: to worship God and to work for his kingdom in the world ... The church also exists for a third purpose, which serves the other two: to encourage one another, to build one another up in faith, to pray with and for one another, to learn from one another and teach one another, and to set one another examples to follow, challenges to take up, and urgent tasks to perform. This is all part of what is known loosely as fellowship.
N.T. Wright
Unless a person can give reasons, there is, literally, no reason why anyone else should take that person seriously. But without reasons, all we are left with is emotional blackmail. We sometimes call it 'moral blackmail,' but it has nothing to do with morals, only with the implied juvenile threat of having a tantrum unless everyone else gives in.
N.T. Wright
As a newborn baby breathes and cries, so the signs of life in a newborn Christian are faith and repentance, inhaling the love of God and exhaling an initial cry of distress. And at that point what God provides, exactly as for a newborn infant, is the comfort, protection, and nurturing promise of a mother.If God is our father, the church is our mother. The words are those of the Swiss Reformer John Calvin ... it is as impossible, unnecessary, and undesirable to be a Christian all by yourself as it is to be a newborn baby all by yourself.
Neal Stephenson
Ninety-nine percent of everything that goes on in most Christian churches has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual religion. Intelligent people all notice this sooner or later, and they conclude that the entire one hundred percent is bullshit, which is why atheism is connected with being intelligent in people's minds.
Nehemiah Rogers
Zeal, if it be well ordered, is most beautiful in a Christian; but if not, it is a thing of exceeding great danger: as fire in moderation is most comfortable, but in extremity most fearful.