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He does not call those who are worthy, but those whom He will.
A.W. Tozer
We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning of the theological mind.
Aaron Riches
To suggest that the grief of Christ issues from his perfect wisdom andcharity would confirm that true sorrow is human and therefore cannotcorrespond to despair, since the hopelessness of despair would yield nothingabout which to sorrow. If life is meaningless, there is no reason tomourn. Truth is what makes grief authentic and real, and so it followsthat Truth Incarnate, come down from heaven to our vale of tears, wouldgrieve at the highest pitch. The tragic experience of the most completedesolation49 depends on the knowledge and experience of the Father.50Or as Adrienne von Speyr puts it: The Father is never more present thanin this absence on the Cross.
Abhijit Naskar
Christ the man died long ago, but Christ the idea of love, still exists, not in any church, rather in the mind of humans.
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
Abhijit Naskar
Jesus Christ, from Nazareth was a glorious man in human history
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
Abhijit Naskar
Jesus Christ, from Nazareth was a glorious man in human history
Abhijit Naskar
A being with no faith in the human self is a being with no spirit of life, regardless of how many Fathers or Holy Spirits or Sons it believes in.
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
The religion I am talking about here is plain everyday humanism. That's exactly what the person named Jesus attempted to spread, but due to innate psychological reasons, his pupils ended up constructing yet another orthodox circle with its own distinct beliefs, ideals and fantasies.
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
Only a handful of individuals in human history can be truly hailed as Christians, such as Tolstoy, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Rumi, Martin Luther King Jr. and a few others.
Abhijit Naskar
The influence of the Sermon on the Mount is truly past reckoning. Any rational human being with a conscientious mind is bound to be influenced by its exuberant content regardless of religious background.
Abhijit Naskar
All of Christ's philosophical ideas can be compressed into one simple phrase
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
Anyone who utters salvation only through Christ inadvertently commits to the greatest blasphemy of all, which is differentiation, and this in turn diminishes the very essence of the title Christian.
Abhijit Naskar
Jesus Christ, from Nazareth was a glorious man in human history
Adam Hamilton
Jesus consistently put people before rules.
Adam Young
I am fallen, flawed and imperfect. Yet drenched in the grace and mercy that is found in Jesus Christ, there is strength
Aimee Semple McPherson
Lift up your heads, ye people,lift up your faces, too,open your mouths to sing His praise,and the rain will fall on you.
Alaric Hutchinson
On my journey from the fantastical to the practical, spirituality has gone from being a mystical experience to something very ordinary and a daily experience. Many don't want this, instead they prefer spiritual grandeur, and I believe that is what keeps enlightenment at bay. We want big revelations of complexity that validates our perceptions of the divine. What a let down it was to Moses when God spoke through a burning bush! But that is exactly the simplicity of it all. Our spiritual life is our ordinary life and it is very grounded in every day experience. For me, it is the daily practice of kindness, mindfulness, happiness, and peace.
Alicia Britt Chole
In seasons of hiddenness our sense of value is disrupted, stripped of what others affirmed us to be. In this season God intends to give us an unshakable identity in Him, that no amount of adoration nor rejection can alter.
Allen R. Hunt
It became obvious why Catholics had built such beautiful cathedrals and churches throughout the world. Not as gathering or meeting places for Christians. But as a home for Jesus Himself in the Blessed Sacrament. Cathedrals house Jesus. Christians merely come and visit Him. The cathedrals and churches architecturally prepare our souls for the beauty of the Eucharist.
Allen R. Hunt
When you suffer, you are being conformed to the image of Jesus. When you pray, you are being made holy in the image of Jesus. When you quietly serve a person in need, you are being shaped into the image of Jesus. When you generously give, your heart is being remade into the image of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Allen R. Hunt
You and I are part of the colony of heaven. Right now, we may reside here on earth, but our passport indicates that our citizenship is in heaven. We are on the earth, but not of the earth.
Allen R. Hunt
Suffering often draws us closer to God. Instead of being a sign of God's punishment or distance, suffering can purify us, lead us into the heart of God, and transform our souls.
Allene van Oirschot
Let Him pull you from the drowning waters of our world. He will wipe the tears from your pain; soothe the disappointments of tomorrow and comfort you from this cold, dark life. He will bring you everlasting Joy.
Amanda G. Stevens
Maybe I let other people influence how I saw Jesus. Maybe since they didn't forgive me, I thought He wouldn't either.
Amy Layne Litzelman
You know, we can quote the written Word all day to our friends, but nothing will touch them like our own hunger and love for the Word himself. It is not dutiful love that attracts but love freely lavished from a heart familiar with the gardens of heaven.
Andrew Murray
A dead Christ I must do everything for; a living Christ does everything for me.
Anita R. Sneed-Carter
Time is precious, so use it wisely in every area of your life including having a relationship with God throughThe Door, Jesus Christ! No one knows how much time that they have to live, so don't allow time to run out on you!
Anonymous
It is He Who sent down to thee, in truth, the Book (Quran), confirming what went before it; and He sent down the Law (of Moses) and the Gospel (of Jesus) before this, as a guide to mankind, and He sent down the criterion (Quran) (of judgment between right and wrong). - Holy Quran 3:3
Anonymous
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Anonymous
Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
Anonymous
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
Anonymous
Not my will, but thine, be done.
Anonymous
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.
Anonymous
Whoever has My commandments and keeps them loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and show Myself to him.
Anonymous
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Anonymous
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Anonymous
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Anonymous
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever - do not abandon the works of your hands.
Anonymous
Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
Anonymous
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Anthony Liccione
Without the sun, there is no shadow; without the Son, there is only shadow.
Anthony Liccione
Closed mouths, only lead to closed gates. Share your salvation!
Anthony Liccione
To be the salt, you also need to be the shaker. To shake the world. Shake the truth. Shake the people. Shake the word. Have it sprinkle, melt and preserve humanity.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? What are you going to give the people of Earth? Jesus asked.I'm going to give them each a rainbow so that they will know how special they are, God said.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God replied.Do we still have any wrapping paper? Jesus asked.No, we don't. I used it all to make butterflies, God answered.Butterflies? Jesus asked bewildered.Yes, butterflies, God said.Why? Jesus now asked.Well, sometimes there is no rain so that means no rainbows. And then sometimes people walk alone or don't look at other people and so that don't see any smiles either. So I cut up the wrapping paper and made butterflies for the people of Earth to see and look at so they would smile.That's lovely dad, but what about moths? Jesus asked.They're just small butterflies, God answered.Jesus laughed, I love butterflies.I know, God said as he smiled at his son.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God asked.Why are people so scared of dying? Jesus asked.Because they believe that they only get one life and then they die, God said.But dad, nothing ever dies, Jesus said.You know that and I know that, but sadly, they don't know that, God said and the two of them then looked down towards the Earth.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus said.Yes son. What is it? God replied.Why have you left the stars turned on. It's night time, Jesus asked.It's so that people can find their way home, God said.What do you mean? Jesus asked his dad.Well God started to say, sometimes a person loses their way in life and when that happens all they have to do is look up at the stars and then they will find their way back home to me.But, what about if it's daytime and there are no stars? Jesus now asked.Then, I will send them a rainbow to show them the way, God told his son.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God replied.Do we look like man or does he look like us? Jesus asked.Man made god in his image, God said.Why? Jesus asked.Because it's easier to believe in someone and something if it looks like you or is a symbolic representation of you, God answered.If that's true. What do we look like then? Jesus asked.God smiled, We look like everything.Jesus laughed, Could I look like a giraffe then?Yes, if the giraffe believes in you, God laughed.Jesus smiled and had tears of joy in his eyes.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes son? God replied.Why does man have so many religions? Jesus asked.It's because they all have different beliefs, God said.Why? Jesus asked.It's because they have a free mind. It's up to them to choose what they wish to believe in, God said.But, what if they forget about you? Jesus asked his dad.God replied, Even though they may forget about me, they will always remember me. Would you ever forget me? God asked.Never! said Jesus, How could I ever forget my father?Exactly! And so it is for them, God added.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad! Jesus yelled.Yes, son, God said.That star's light just went out, Jesus told his dad.Yes, I know, God replied.But, why? Jesus asked.Sometimes, a man can become so self obsessed, that the devil seduces him with wealth, power and other worldly delights, God said.But aren't you worried that he will turn all the stars off? Jesus now asked his dad.God smiled, No, because for every star that goes out, I just put up another million or so.Jesus looked back at the night sky and sure enough, there were many more stars now. He smiled.
Anthony T. Hincks
If you take each step, as if it was your last. You would appreciate the world in all its glory and bask in the glory of god for in his wisdom he created us and the universe all around us.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God replied.What came before colors? Jesus asked.What do you mean? God asked.Well, before we had colors. What was there? Jesus asked.We've always had colors, God said.What about the darkness then? Jesus asked.That's black, God said.So colors come from black, Jesus said.Yes, if you want to keep your colors vibrant, you need to keep them in something black and then when they come out, they're beautiful and full of life, God said.Now that I know darkness is full of colors, I won't be afraid of it anymore, Jesus said.God smiled, You should never be scared of darkness. It's just a box with colors in. That's all. Jesus laughed and smiled. He wasn't afraid anymore.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God replied.Why do birds sing? Jesus asked.Birds sing to welcome in the day and so that people can rejoice in their sweet voices, God said.What about chickens then? Jesus asked now.Chickens are alarm clocks, God said.Alarm clocks? Jesus asked bewildered.Yes, alarm clocks. They let everyone know that a new day is coming. Would you want to miss seeing the beauty of a sunrise? God asked Jesus.No! I love watching a new day dawn, Jesus said.So it is with a lot of animals and people. That's the magic of life, God said.No dad. That's the magic of you, Jesus said as he smiled.Thank you, God said with a happy smile.
Anthony T. Hincks
Dad? Jesus asked.Yes, son? God asked.Why do people get sick? Jesus asked.When they live, life is all about learning so that when the are ready, they can join us here, God said.But, doesn't it hurt? Jesus asked.Yes, it does. But, to learn about life you have to learn of pain and suffering or else you don't learn what life is all about, God said.Will I suffer like that one day? Jesus now asked his dad.Yes, because we all have to learn, and that includes me too, God replied sadly.
Arthur W. Pink
...Our Lord Jesus Christ added nothing to God in his essential being and glory, either by what He did or suffered. True, blessedly and gloriously true. He manifested the glory of God to us, but he added nought to God... Christ's goodness and rightousness reached unto His saints in the earth but God was high above and beyond it all....
Athanasius of Alexandria
Even on the cross He did not hide Himself from sight; rather, He made all creation witness to the presence of its Maker.
Athanasius of Alexandria
He, the Life of all, our Lord and Saviour, did not arrange the manner of his own death lest He should seem to be afraid of some other kind. No. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in order that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognised as finally annulled. A marvellous and mighty paradox has thus occurred, for the death which they thought to inflict on Him as dishonour and disgrace has become the glorious monument to death's defeat.
Athanasius of Alexandria
The Self-revealing of the Word is in every dimension - above, in creation; below, in the Incarnation; in the depth, in Hades; in the breadth, throughout the world. All things have been filled with the knowledge of God.
Athanasius of Alexandria
The body of the Word, then, being a real human body, in spite of its having been uniquely formed from a virgin, was of itself mortal and, like other bodies, liable to death. But the indwelling of the Word loosed it from this natural liability, so that corruption could not touch it. Thus is happened that two opposite marvels took place at once: the death of all was consummated in the Lord's body; yet, because the Word was in it, death and corruption were in the same act utterly abolished.
Athanasius of Alexandria
Dead men cannot take effective action; their power of influence on others lasts only till the grave. Deeds and actions that energise others belong only to the living. Well, then, look at the facts in this case. The Saviour is working mightily among men, every day He is invisibly persuading numbers of people all over the world, both within and beyond the Greek-speaking world, to accept His faith and be obedient to His teaching. Can anyone, in face of this, still doubt that He has risen and lives, or rather that He is Himself the Life? Does a dead man prick the consciences of men...?
Athanasius of Alexandria
For the Word, realizing that in no other way would the corruption of human beings be undone except, simply, by dying, yet being immortal and the Son of the Father of the Word was not able to die, for this reason he takes to himself a body capable of death, in order that it, participating in the Word who is above all, might be sufficient for death on behalf of all, and through the indwelling Word would remain incorruptible, and so corruption might henceforth cease from all by the grace of the resurrection.
Augustine of Hippo
Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.
Augustine of Hippo
He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.
Austin Fischer
The character of Jesus is the character of God. God would never do something Jesus would find morally reprehensible, so if you can't find it in Jesus, then you really ought to think twice before you claim you've found it in God.
Bernard Branson
Rejection is an opportunity for your selection.
Billy Graham
Remember: He WANTS your fellowship, and He has done everything possible to make it a reality. He has forgiven your sins, at the cost of His own dear Son. He has given you His Word, and the priceless privilege of prayer and worship.
Bob Goff
Jesus lets us be real with our life and our faith.
Braden Pedersen
If not from eternal separation from God, what exactly are we saving people from?
Braden Pedersen
If I had the authority to pick and choose who gets to know Christ as Savior, that would make me God. Thank the one true God that I am not.
Brenda "Saw Jesus+" Calloway-Miller
A struggle is a preparation for what is yet to come.-Lisa Left Eye Lopes
Brennan Manning
Charles de Foucauld, the found of the Little Brothers of Jesus, wrote a single sentence that's ahad a profound impact on my life. He said, The one thing we owe absolutely to God is never to be afraid of anything. Never to be afraid of anything, even death, which, after all, is but that final breakthrough into the open, waiting, outstretched arms of Abba.
Brennan Manning
I want neither a terrorist spirituality that keeps me in a perpetual state of fright about being in right relationship with my heavenly Father nor a sappy spirituality that portrays God as such a benign teddy bear that there is no aberrant behavior or desire of mine that he will not condone. I want a relationship with the Abba of Jesus, who is infinitely compassionate with my brokenness and at the same time an awesome, incomprehensible, and unwieldy Mystery.
Brennan Manning
For me the most radical demand of Christian faith lies in summoning the courage to say yes to the present risenness of Jesus Christ.
Brennan Manning
I have been seized by the power of a great affection.
Brennan Manning
Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured.
Brennan Manning
For those who feel their lives are a grave disappointment to God, it requires enormous trust and reckless, raging confidence to accept that the love of Jesus Christ knows no shadow of alteration or change. When Jesus said, Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy burdened, He assumed we would grow weary, discouraged, and disheartened along the way. These words are a touching testimony to the genuine humanness of Jesus. He had no romantic notion of the cost of discipleship. He knew that following Him was as unsentimental as duty, as demanding as love.
Brennan Manning
To ignore, repress, or dismiss our feelings is to fail to listen to the stirrings of the Spirit within our emotional life. Jesus listened. In John's Gospel we are told that Jesus was moved with the deepest emotions (11:33)... The gospel portrait of the beloved Child of Abba is that of a man exquisitely attuned to His emotions and uninhibited in expressing them. The Son of Man did not scorn of reject feelings as fickle and unreliable. They were sensitive antennae to which He listened carefully and through which He perceived the will of His Father for congruent speech and action.
Brian Doyle
There is a wonderful simple human reality to Christ's hunger. The man is famished. He's missed meals for three days, He has a lot on his mind, He's on His way back to heaven, but before He goes He is itching for a nice piece of broiled fish and a little bread on the side with the men and women He loves. Do we not like Him the more for His prandial persistance? And think for a moment about the holiness of our own food, and the ways that cooking and sharing a meal can be forms of love and prayer. And realize again that the Eucharist at the heart of stubborn Catholicism is the breakfast that Christ prepares for Catholics, every morning, as we return from fishing in vast dreamy seas?
Brian Doyle
But simple as the Sign of the Cross is, it carries a brave weight: it names the Trinity, celebrates the Creator, and brings home all the power of faith to the brush of fingers on skin and bone and belly. So do we, sometimes well and sometimes ill, labor to bring home our belief in God's love to the stuff of our daily lives, the skin and bone of this world
Brian Doyle
Simple, powerful, poignant, the Sign of the Cross is a mnemonic device like the Mass, in which we sit down to table with one another and remember the Last Supper, or a baptism, where we remember John the Baptist's brawny arm pouring some of the Jordan River over Christ. So we remember the central miracle and paradox of the faith that binds us each to each: that we believe, against all evidence and sense, in life and love and light, in the victory of those things over death and evil and darkness.
Brian Doyle
For a moment this day, for many moments this May, let us gape in awe at the strength of women, and look upon their sinewy courage with respect and humility, as the Lord looked on His Mother, and still does. Like Him we are of women born, and to women must pay our first respect, and owe our first love, for they are as strong as the very ribs of the earth.
Brian Welch
The most important lesson that we're supposed to be learning right now is how completely lost we are without God. If we don't learn this lesson, then our lives are going to have zero meaning. (Stronger: Forty Days of Metal and Spirituality)
Bryan Islip
The bible doesn't say Jesus had a power to command, only to recommend, which leaves each one of us with an individual freedom of choice. Maybe it's just that there are too many of us making too many bad choices for the good of the whole. He took a bite out of his apple. Too many people and none of us wanting or able to hear the harmony.
C. JoyBell C.
Tonight I saw Jesus with the eyes on my face. He looks half lion and half man. But not more like a lion and not more like a man, rather the same, I have never seen anything like the face of Jesus before, %100 one thing but %100 another thing: a lion man! Where did you see Him at? On the surface of my blanket as I lay in bed. He was suddenly drawn onto it, like a sketch, and that same moment I knew He was showing His face to me, finally. Why do you think He did that? I think He thought it was about time.
C.S. Lewis
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic
C.S. Lewis
You must make your choice: either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
C.S. Lewis
And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature: either into a creature that is harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow-creatures, and with God.
C.S. Lewis
The perfect surrender and humiliation were undergone by Christ: perfect because He was God, surrender and humiliation because He was man.
C.S. Lewis
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic
C.S. Lewis
We do know that no person can be saved except through Christ. We do not know that only those who know Him can be saved by Him.
C.S. Lewis
If God thinks this state of war in the universe a price worth paying for free will - that is, for making a live world in which creatures can do real good or harm and something of real importance can happen, instead of a toy world which only moves when He pulls the strings - then we may take it (that) it is worth paying.
Calvin Miller
With love that knew no fear, the Singer caught his torment, wrapped it all in song and gave it back to him as peace.
Carl Medearis
There's a place for doctrine and dogma, and science and history and apologetics, but, these things are not Jesus - they are humanly manufactured attempts to make people think that having the right ideas is the same thing as loving and following Jesus.
Carlos A. Rodriguez
Tough times don't define you, they refine you. ‪
Carolyn Custis James
I have to ask myself how I can possibly expect to know Jesus as he would want to be known if my life remains unscathed by trouble and grief. How can I hope to grasp anything of God's heart for this broken planet if I never weep because its brokenness touches me and breaks my heart? How can I reflect his image if I never share in his sufferings? And how will any of us ever learn to treasure his hesed and grace if we never experience phases where these blessings seem absent?
Carrie Lynn Jones (Immel)
Purpose in the sufferingA crisis-- the kind that knocks the wind out of ya, the kind that makes your blood run cold and alters your perception of all you think your reality is. THAT kind of crisis brings us not only to our knees, but smack-dab with every question we've ever pondered on God's existence. There is purpose in the suffering. It MAKES us ask eternal questions with eternal answers. Often that's what it takes to wake us up. The suffering is actually merciful, from a God who would literally do ANYTHING to get us to run into His arms.
Caryll Houselander
... those who seek the lost Lord will find traces of His being and beauty in all that men have made, from music and poetry and sculpture to the gingerbread men in the pâtisseries, from the final calculation of the pure mathematician to the first delighted chalk drawing of a small child.
Caryll Houselander
In many people Christ lives the life of the Host. Our life is a sacramental life.This Host life is like the Advent life, like the life of the Child in the womb, the Child in the swaddling bands, the Christ in the tomb. It is a life of dependence upon creatures, of silence and secrecy, of hidden light. It is the life of a prisoner.
Caryll Houselander
The Child Christ lives on from generation to generation in the poets, very often the frailest of men but men whose frailty is redeemed by a child's unworldliness, by a child's delight in loveliness, by the spirit of wonder.Christ was a poet, and all through His life the Child remains perfect in Him. It was the poet, the unworldly poet, who was King of the invisible kingdom; the priests and rulers could not understand that. The poets understand it, and they, too, are kings of the invisible kingdom, vassal kings of the Lord of Love, and their crowns are crowns of thorns indeed.
Caryll Houselander
Christ must be born from every soul, formed in every life. If we had a picture of Our Lady's personality we might be dazzled into thinking that only one sort of person could form Christ in himself, and we should miss the meaning of our own being.Nothing but things essential for us are revealed to us about the Mother of God: the fact that she was wed to the Holy Spirit and bore Christ into the world.Our crowning joy is that she did this as a lay person and through the ordinary daily life that we all live; through natural love made supernatural, as the water at Cana was, at her request, turned into wine.
Caryll Houselander
We could scrub the floor for a tired friend, or dress a wound for a patient in a hospital, or lay the table and wash up for the family; but we shall not do it in martyr spirit or with that worse spirit of self-congratulation, of feeling that we are making ourselves more perfect, more unselfish, more positively kind.We shall do it just for one thing, that our hands make Christ's hands in our life, that our service may let Christ serve through us, that our patience may bring Christ's patience back to the world.
Cassandra Clare
What are all these? Clary asked.Vials of holy water, blessed knives, steel and silver blades, Jace said, piling the weapons on the floor beside him, electrum wire - not much use at the moment but it's always good to have spares - silver bullets, charms of protetion, crucifixes, stars of David-Jesus, said ClaryI doubt he'd fit.Jace. Clary was appalled.
Charles Williams
Our crucifixes exhibit the pain, but they veil, perhaps necessarily, the obscenity: but the death of the God-Man was both.
Charles C. Ryrie
The Bible is the greatest of all books; to study it is the noblest of all pursuits; to understand it, the highest of all goals.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
It is not great faith, but true faith, that saves; and the salvation lies not in the faith, but in the Christ in whom faith trusts...It is not the measure of faith, but the sincerity of faith, which is the point to be considered.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Thank God you have got a Father that can be angry, but that loves you as much when He is angry as when He smiles upon you.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Newspapers are the Bibles of worldlings.How diligently they read them!Here they find their law and profits,their judges and chronicles,their epistles and revelations.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
I take leave to contradict those who say that salvation is an evolution! All that ever can be evolved out of the sinful heart of man is sin-and nothing else! Salvation is the free gift of God, by Jesus Christ, and the work of it is supernatural. It is done by the Lord Himself, and He has power to do it, however weak, no, however dead in sin, the sinner may be!
Charles R. Swindoll
Anything under God's control is never out of control.
Chris Burkmenn
Greatness comes from the inside and once you believe you have it, it's yours to share with the world.
Chris Burkmenn
Encouragement is like water to the soul, it makes everything grow.
Chris Crutcher
As a child abuse and neglect therapist I do battle daily with Christians enamored of the Old Testament phrase Spare the rod and spoil the child. No matter how far I stretch my imagination, it does not stretch far enough to include the image of a cool dude like Jesus taking a rod to a kid.
Chris Hedges
Jesus was a pacifist.
Christopher Hitchens
Who but the sports-mad [Norman] Mailer would liken the battle between God and the Devil to a game of American football? The contest, for sure, has with [sic] own laws (so that after God and the Devil 'tackle a guy, they don't kick him in the head'), but each side is not above cheating
Christopher Hitchens
Who but the sports-mad [Norman] Mailer would liken the battle between God and the Devil to a game of American football? The contest, for sure, has with [sic] own laws (so that after God and the Devil 'tackle a guy, they don't kick him in the head'), but each side is not above cheating
Christopher Pike
You're in love with your image of Linda. Mr. Green is in love with his image of Jesus. Both of your images have little to do with reality. Both of you are making yourselves miserable.''That's not fair, comparing me to him. You don't see me hammering nails in people.''You prefer to hammer them through your own hands.
Corey M.K. Hughes
The Truth only offends those who live outside it.
Corrie ten Boom
Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The greatest prayers that I could ever utter come from the heart. And when I pray that way, I rarely need to open my mouth. Therefore, maybe I should think about talking less.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Where there is no hope, there is Christmas. And where there is no Christmas, there is no hope.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I much prefer not to fall, unless of course I am falling into the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Hope is not some thin thing that is subject to the winds of fate, but it is crafted hard by the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Maybe I don't have enough beginnings in my life because I fought against the endings that were about to birth those beginnings.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The worst defeat of all is to surrender without having been defeated. And it is Christmas that obliterates both.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God's absence in the carnage is due to one single rather unnerving fact; that at some time past He honored our request that He leave. And if we are not brutally honest with ourselves regarding that choice, it is we ourselves who have set the stage for the next tragedy.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The hands of man can manufacture many things both penetratingly brilliant and utterly astounding. Yet, despite their amazing dexterity and profound skill they cannot manufacture hope. Such a masterpiece as that is left for the hands of God and a manger crafted by those hands.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To attempt to know myself 'apart' from God is to choose to know nothing more than 'a part' of myself.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I am not at 'peace', then I can be altogether confident that I've placed a larger 'piece' of myself in the hands of someone other than God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Of course God does outrageous things. But in reality, what insanity would prompt me to follow a God who did anything less?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
A god of the 'possible' is no God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
To embrace the message of Christmas is to throw off my hedonistic rebellion and bow before the chafing reality that I can't save myself, and in that very act to be suddenly taken aback in that I've stumbled upon the very freedom I've longed for in the very place I'd least expected it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I huddle in the dark with a mass of burnt matches strewn at my feet. And yet, for all of those matches I've not been able to light a single candle. And huddled in such deep darkness, I've somehow yet to realize that Christmas made both matches and candles forever obsolete.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I've prayed, I never have to worry about being the first one to show up.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My limitations abruptly define the frighteningly negligible extent of my existence, yet my soul utterly perishes if bound by those very same limits. And does this not somehow evidence both the reality of and need for God?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Sooner or later I will be faced with the fact that the world is helpless to meet my needs. And at that point, I will be left with two conclusions; that life is cruel or God is real.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
It is when I am cold, alone, bitterly forlorn and shuttered from all hope that you will see who I truly am. And my goal is that at those most precarious of moments, what you will see is Jesus holding you through my tears.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter is God throwing everything at death so that I can give everything to life.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Fear tells me that while there might be a host of people who wish to stand beside me in times of crisis, the tangled wreckage is sometimes so enormous that the best of their efforts leave them stranded at a great distance. And standing desperately alone surveying the carnage that holds all others a bay, God suddenly taps me on the shoulder, leans over and whispers, 'how about a little demolition?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Sooner or later I will realize that the very things I most desperately need are the very things I am unable to give myself. Therefore, I will either be left despising the fact that I am doomed to live out a life that is perpetually empty, or I will realize that an empty tomb is the single thing that will eternally fill me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Is my faith so terribly pathetic that I have diminished God to the point that I doubt His ability to survive in the very world that He came to save? Indeed, I have done exactly that. And all I need to do to beat that mentality is to remember that a baby born in a manger with every disadvantage imaginable stills lives today.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Shame is embarrassment multiplied against itself until it dies under it's own weight and we with it. Forgiveness is freedom multiplied against the Cross until it flies under it's own liberation and we with it.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My sin murdered Him. And out of this self-loathing shame borne of the understanding that I could perpetrate such a heinous act, I am barely able to raise my head sufficiently to ask what crazed insanity would prompt Jesus to walk out of an empty tomb for the single purpose of pursuing a decaying soul that murdered Him? And I would be wise to consider that the question itself is asked only because I have yet to touch the barest periphery of God's love despite the fact that because of an empty tomb it stands right in front of me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am thankful that there are those among us who have sacrificed dearly on behalf of us. And I ardently pray to God that I might be less like myself and more like them.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In the absence of faith, our dreams will move from feasible aspirations to implausible fantasy.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
I am pressed to admit that I don't have the capacity to understand the bloodied horrors of a cross and the wild exhilaration of an empty tomb. But at the point that I think I completely understand God, I have at that very point humanized Him and in that very action I have lost Him. Therefore, I much prefer to simply marvel.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
More often than not, the foolishness of our humanity drives us to destroy the very things that we need to keep ourselves from destroying ourselves. And because that's the case, God will never allow us to destroy Christmas.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter is the invulnerable tale of utter selflessness where at an inestimable cost God did for us what He did not need done for Himself. And that kind of 'doing' happens every day.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What would behoove me to instantly declare God not to be God unless He followed my script in some tediously exacting manner? I must confess that I am less likely to believe that it's a matter of some narcissistic demand that I freely pen my own script. Rather, I think it's fear that I'm too inadequate to follow God's.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Strength other than that received from God is just hype manufactured by men.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If God had to build a door, it's because we erected a wall.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Faith is the most unexercised muscle known to man.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The message of Christmas is a message of hope when all other such messages created by men can do nothing more than be hopeful.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Given the lethal enormity of sin and the inestimable value of a single soul, a baby in a manger and a man on a cross makes more sense that anything else I will ever be able to possibly imagine.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I choose to take the pen from God and write the story of my life without Him, I better have plenty of erasers and a whole lot of white-out. Better yet, I should invest in a good shredder.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
True peace cannot be found in a 'place'. Rather, it is found in a Person who can be with you in any 'place'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We need to know that our limits do not define our limitations. And an empty tomb does exactly that.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Although I rail against it, death is the dark demarcation beyond which I am at the mercy of my own end. To the contrary, an empty tomb says that my end is at the mercy of God's beginning.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
What excites us the most or likewise scares us the most is when something is exactly what it says it is. And when it comes to Christmas, we're going to end up finding ourselves on one side of that line or the other.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter is a time when God turned the inevitability of death into the invincibility of life.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Without a beginning I am pouring the whole of my existence into the building of endings, while the cross and the resurrection declare that God is incessantly building beginnings from the collapse of endings.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Do I dare believe such an absurdly outrageous story that a man would die, lay lifeless in some tomb for three days and then somehow live again? Yet, if I dare to consider it, is that not exactly what I so desperately desire for this lifeless life of mine? And is Easter God's tenderly outrageous way of telling me that that is exactly what I can have?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
As I contemplate a relationship with God, I find that I'm afraid to ride on the coattails of the infinite. But what I fear more than that is spending my life in the coat closet.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
There was a moment when any hope within me froze solid and I was finally emptied of all energy to fight the cold. And at the very point of that very surrender, when I became convinced that I must bow to a world that would be forever frigid, God cupped the hands of my soul and poured in the warmth of Christmas.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The hand of God is wonderfully evident at those times when He pens stories whose lines we ourselves are far too fearful to pen or whose imaginations are far too limited to envision. And I would unashamedly suggest that the Christmas story is that very story.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I see God as nothing more than a caricature of history or imagination I cannot do anything less than make myself my own 'god'. And once I realize that in doing so my rendition of being a 'god' is embarrassingly inferior to the very caricature I am mimicking, I quickly come to realize that maybe the only thing that can be 'god' is a God. And if that is the case, I suddenly find myself hounded by the stunning reality that God is not a caricature.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
With God, the impossible is not an obstacle but an invitation.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The most formidable way to lead is to serve. And while the perplexing oxymoron of such a grinding statement absolutely cripples us, it birthed a Savior.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Sometimes life has to strip us in order to save us.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Despite my incessant desperation, I simply cannot paint the perfect picture within which I would wish to live out my life. And because I cannot, God picked up the brush of love, positioned the canvas of history and painted a manger.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
With God, the fear of failure is slain cold by success that is already hot on the way.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If I scan the expanse of my heart and find it empty of everything except emptiness, it is because I 'poured' the whole of my passion into something other than God. And anything other than God will always be too 'poor' to be able to 'pour' back anything that can fill that kind of emptiness.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Once faith dies, the death of hope follows hard on its heels.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter says that every ending ever experienced by man is exquisitely crafted to find its own ending at the feet of a fresh beginning.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
My heart says, 'This way.' The world says, 'That way.' God says, 'I am the Way.' And if perchance I choose to listen to the first two, I'm going to find myself so far off the 'way' that being lost becomes the 'way'.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Easter is the final solution to the finality of death.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The drum to which we march reveals the conductor to whom we're listening.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
The sure path to tomorrow was plotted in a manger and paved on a cross. And although this sturdy byway is mine for the taking, I have incessantly chosen lesser paths. And maybe it is time to realize that Christmas is a promise that I can walk through the world and never get lost in the woods.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
We ask, 'Why the need for God?' Maybe the better question is 'Why the need not to need Him?' And could it be that that question in fact evidences our need for Him?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
A nation aimlessly drifting away from God is a nation for which prayer is a rudder and praise is a sail. And it is the man or woman on their knees that builds the former and gives wind to the latter.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Reasonably speaking, we can see the cross as entirely possible. But in considering Easter, we see an empty tomb as entirely impossible. And is it possible that God had to do the impossible to finally get our attention?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If God has the answer to every question, maybe my appreciation for God should be shaped more by the number of questions and less by the wisdom of the answers.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God's genius is as wide as the cosmos, while by comparison our intelligence can find room on the head of a pin.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Far too often, it is at the moment where we finally stand on the very precipice of some great thing that we turn and abandon it, for it is at these seminal moments that fear wins and greatness dies. The beauty of Christmas is that God steps over precipices.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Hope is not some thin thing that is subject to the winds of fate. Rather, it is something crafted hard by the hands of God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Why in the world have we never found what we're really looking for? Because what we need is often the very thing we won't accept. And sadly, in turning away the God we need, we need to understand that we have chosen to live without everything we need.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Maybe we should remember that logic constructs a box that is far too small for wonder to take up residence in. Therefore, the crucial question is, 'Will we choose to live there if wonder cannot?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Suddenly finding myself imprisoned in the ruins of the fortresses I created, I realize that that which I built to protect me has now become a labyrinth that is set to destroy me. And laying spent in the rubble, I finally realize that there is only one fortress and I cannot create it because there is only one God.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
There are an incalculable number of things within me that I frantically wish to be emptied of, and despite my most earnest efforts to remove them, they remain. And it is Easter that reminds me that God empties out tombs.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
If the light we have is continually engulfed by the darkness in a way that makes the darkness even darker, maybe we should think about getting our light from Someone else before it gets a whole lot darker.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
God emptied out that first tomb so that He could turn around and empty out me.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Greatness untethered from God results in calamity unrestrained by men.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
Although it pains me, I must admit that I have never found what I 'need.' And I am in this place because long ago I took it upon myself to decide what I 'want' to need, verses surrendering to what I 'need' to need. And thankfully I have realized that God made Christmas everything that I 'want,' but more so He made it everything that I 'need.
Craig D. Lounsbrough
You are not made in 'your image'. You are, in fact, made in 'God's image'. Therefore, which one are you looking for when you look in the mirror?
Craig D. Lounsbrough
In the end, if we don't have God we don't have anything other than an end.
Criss Jami
Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.