Category Archives: Quotable

A Life Changing Question

Yesterday I received a email from a friend that was forwarded from prayerandprophesy.wordpress.com. It was titled, The Question that Changed My Life, by David Ryser. I want to quote from the article; “Christianity started as a fellowship; moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture’ it came to America and became an enterprise.”

Like the young student in the class, I respond with the statement that the church was to be the living body of Christ and Americans have turned it into a business and therefore, a prostitute. It has long been my complaint that The Church in America has created a “Big Business” attitude towards church membership, book sales and bean counting. But this is nothing new. In the Middle Ages, the Church of Rome and later, he Church of England also made a practice of Salvation by the Dollar. I grew up when TV evangelism was still new but Radio Evangelism was long going and the like of Rev. Ike and Beebe Patton where selling salvation like candy. And even before them, there were tent revivals that conned people out of millions of dollars with fake healings and promises of prosperity.

Many of us came to Christ because we recognized that we were sinners and unworthy of anything good. we came to believe that Jesus redeemed us and gave us worth. But somewhere along the way we started to expect Christ to become our servant rather than being the faithful spouse of Redemption. We sold ourselves out for the pleasures of the World and brought sin back into the house of the Lord, our souls. This may be the reason you are starved for the understanding of God. The Lord told Amos, “I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the LORD.” There is a true lack of the Love of Christ in our lives, as a people of God and as a nation of Truth.


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21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (ESV)


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19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust [1] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, 23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 6:19 Or worm; also verse 20


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“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (ESV)


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Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, [1] serve the Lord. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 12:11 Or fervent in the Spirit

C.H. Spurgeon on Readiness

I have been rereading sermons by Spurgeon (because a friend of mine finally returned one of my books) and I keep finding nuggets of wisdom that have shaped my life in the past and renew my faith in mighty ways.

This is another one that blessed me. “And even when that faith is given, the right preparation is to serve God always with thoughtfulness and care – not to go blundering on anyhow, hit or miss, as some do. It is a terribly sad thing to pretend to serve God without thought, without watchfulness, without care, for God is not such a one that we rush into his presence whenever we like, without premeditation, solemnity, or reverence. Every holy duty ought to be thought over carefully. Every prayer, every almsgiving, every attempt to serve God, should be done with due consideration and with holy anxiety to do it in the right manner, at the right time, and in the right spirit.”

Strong words to live by. Enter into Christian efforts by these three things: 1) Feel your need of God. 2) Cry unto God for help. 3) Accept God’s plan for you. In every way, make every effort to be a pleasing sacrifice of your life for the Sacrifice of Jesus.

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Quote from C.H. Spurgeon on Prayer

Are you willing to take it as God pleases to sent it, and to say, “Lord, if spiritual growth implies trial, if it signifies a long sickness of body, if it means deep depression of soul, if it entails the loss of property, if it involves the taking away of my dearest friends, yet I make no reserve, but include in the prayer all that is needful to the good end. When I say sanctify me wholly, spirit, soul and body, I leave the process to thy discretion.”

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September Quotes

Sep. 17
No man can avoid what he’s meant to do at the moment he’s meant to do it. –Marcus Aurelius

Sep. 15
So whenever you speak, or whatever you do, remember that you WILL be judged by the LAW OF LOVE, the law that set you free. For there will no mercy for you if you have not been merciful to other.

“I just had a good cry for God has done so much for us. –My thoughts and my heart are full of gratitude.” –Mother Teresa

We need only to practice stillness (when in prayer), with our mind turned Godward, to experience such a calm, such a peace, such a joy, that we recognize it is God’s presence, and wait eagerly for Him to speak. Frances Foulks Effectual Prayer

Sep. 6
I am very happy for the good God has given me one big grace – I have surrendered completely – I am at His disposal. -Mother Teresa

He gives justice to the orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigner living among you and gives them food and clothing. You too, must show love to the foreigners, for you yourselves were once foreigners….”


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12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (ESV)


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18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 10:19 (Listen

18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing.

Deuteronomy 10:19 (Listen)

19 Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. (ESV)


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18 Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river,
and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; (ESV)

Unknown Quote

This quote I got from a catalog that My wife received in the mail. I have no Idea who wrote it but I must share it with you.

LIFE TO THE LETTER

ACT with love
BE honest
COUNT blessings
DANCE
EMBRACE
adventure
FIND rest
GIVE graciously
HAVE life
IMPROVISE
JOIN
a good cause
KEEP promises
LAUGH
MAKE
time
NEGOTIATE
OPEN
doors
PRACTICE peace
RESPECT others
STAND strong
TRUST yourself
UNCOVER miracles
eXPECT change
YIELD to wisdom
ZERO in on improvment.

Author unknown (at least to me)

Quotes for July

It is not possible to love an unseen God while mistreating God’s visible creation. – John Woolman

July 7
Heaven is a soul finding its own perfect personality in God. -Phillips brooks

If God hath made this world so fair,
Where sin and death abound,
How beautiful, beyond compare,
Will paradise be found.
–James Montgomery

We all make mistakes, but those who control their tongues can control themselves in other ways. NLT

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, live a life of steady goodness so that only good deeds will pour forth. NLT

God wants us to be merciful with ourselves. And besides, our sorrows are not our own. He takes them on himself, into his heart. –George Bernanos (The Diary of a Country Preacher)


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For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. (ESV)


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13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. (ESV)

Quotes for this month of June

June 29, 2008

Remember the five fingers,

you – did -it –  for – Me (Jesus).

Remmeber – love begins at home – our comunitee – our family.

remember – works of love are works of peace.

Mother Teresa of Calcatta

June 25, 2008

Morality has been conceived up to the present in a very narrow spirit, as obedience to a law, as inner struggle between opposite laws.  As for me,  I declare that when I do good I obey no one, I fight no battle and win no victory.  The cultivated man has only to follow the delicious incline of his inner impulses.  Be beautiful and then do at each moment whatever your heart may inspire you to do.  This is the whole of morality.  -Ernest Renan

Whoever falls from God’s right hand is caught in his left. –Edwin Markham

June 23, 2008

“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord.”  –

Over the years I’ve noticed again and again that the Purpose that created everything that is, that was, or ever will be has a sense of obligation and it always rewards service.  Polgara the Sorceress –by David and Leigh Eddings

Christ has:  No body now to use but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours; Yours are the eyes through which He looks Compassion on the world; Yours are the feet which He is to go about doing good; Yours are hands which He is to bless now. – Teresa of Avila

 

June 11, 2008

Someone very wise once said, “It’s all very well to put the government in the hands of the perfect man, but what do you do when the perfect man gets a bellyache?” Belgarath the Sorcerer —by David and Leigh Eddings

Having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world – Andy Rooney

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want to do and advise them to do it.  –Harry S. Truman

Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you along with all malice.  And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you. 

 


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“For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples
to a pure speech,
that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord
and serve him with one accord. (ESV)


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31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)

“New” Quotes

Every man’s life is God’s Plan. – Horace Bushnell

Be it long or short, its completeness depends on what it was lived for. -David Starr Jordan

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there. -Charles F. Ketterling

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of  life, And he who is wise wins  souls.  –

…If you obey me ( Says the Lord, the God of Israel) and do whatever I command of you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God.  b

May.19– Our Creator would never have made such lovely days and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help. -Abraham Lincoln 

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”  And the father instantly replied, “I do believe, but help me not to doubt!” –

 


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30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise. (ESV)


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that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God, (ESV)


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23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Mark 9:24 (Listen

23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”

Mark 9:24 (Listen)

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out [1] and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 9:24 Some manuscripts add with tears

March Quotes

Seven Deadly Sins according to Mohandas Gandi:
1. Wealth without work
2. Pleasure without conscience
3. Knowledge without character
4. Politics without principle
5. Commerce without morality
6. Science without humanity
7. WORSHIP WITHOUT SACRIFICE

Love wisdom as a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family.

A Friend is one who multiplies joys, divides grief and whose honesty is invoidable.
anon

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. -Martin Luther

We ought to do good to others as simply and naturally as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.
-Marcus Aurelius


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to keep you from the forbidden [1] woman,
from the adulteress [2] with her smooth words. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 7:5 Hebrew strange
[2] 7:5 Hebrew the foreign woman

Feb. Quotes

It matters not how oft you kneel
In attitude of prayer so ture,
Unless inside, where no man see,
Your very soul is kneeling too. – Mary L. O’Hara

Love cannot be forced, cannot be coaxed and teased. it comes out of Heaven, unasked an unsought. – Pearl Buck

He loves each of us, as if there were only one of us.
-St. Augustine

I accept life unconditionally, Life holds so much – so much to be happy about always. Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can be felt only if you don’t set conditions.
Artur Rubinsein