From the book, Who Said That?  by Shari Abbott, Reasons for Hope* Jesus

There are many pithy (concise and forcefully expressive) sayings that are used in everyday conversation.  Many people use them, but most people have no idea of their origins.  It should be no surprise that many of these sayings are found in the Bible. They long pre-date the time when the sayings came into use.  This shows how the Bible has always had great influence on man’s life, relationships, and even everyday language.  The fact that so many of these saying are still in use today underscores the timeless relevance of God’s Word.

The book, Who said that? Common everyday sayings…where do they come from? shares more than 140 sayings.  

Conversation Starters

Get the book, learn the sayings, and then, the next time you hear one of these sayings, ask the question, “Who said that?”  

Be ready to share the biblical origin and turn the conversation to one of spiritual importance.  Use the biblical sayings from  Who said that?  to start conversations about Jesus!

“A House Divided Cannot Stand” 

This saying comes from Jesus’ words. It refers to a structure being divided, or broken, will be weakened to a point that it falls / fails.

Matthew 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

Mark 3:25  And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Luke 11:17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

The expression “a house divided” was used by Abraham Lincoln in an address prior to his presidency on June 16, 1858.  In that address, which came to be knows as “A House Divided Speech,” Lincoln said:

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.  [“A House Divided,” Info USA, Us Department of State]

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The Book Who Said That? 

Add this to an Easter Basket. Tuck it in a Christmas stocking. Give it as a hostess gift.  Or buy it for yourself to get equipped, BECAUSE... 

It's easy to start conversations, but it's not easy to make them about matters of spiritual importance.

Turn the Talk

Jesus commissioned us to tell others about who He is and the saving grace He offers.  Starting those conversations isn't always easy.  So we must learn to listen for opportunities to "turn-the-talk."  Hearing a common saying, or using one as you speak, opens the "door" to share the origin of the words in the Bible and to talk about the importance of the Bible and the Person who wrote it!

Who Said That? NEW_WST COVER_2can also serve as a type of “tract” for your non-believing family and friends. It’s simply a look at the origins of sayings that we all use...until you get to the last few pages. The book closes with the saying, “Yada, yada, yada,” which means “you know, you know, you know.” The statement is then made: “God knows [yada] you” and the question is asked “Do you know [yada] Him?” The question is followed by a gospel presentation and an invitation to repent and trust in Christ, making this book a simple way to share the gospel with an unsaved (and often uninterested or unwilling-to-listen) friend.

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ssaAbout the Author:  Shari Abbott, executive director for Reasons for Hope* Jesus, is an avid Bible reader and teacher. She is passionate about equipping and encouraging Christians to know Jesus better and to love Him more. Shari is the author of the books, Why the Butterfly? A Book About Rightly Remembering, Remember Me – A Course In Rightly Remembering, Who Said That? Common Everyday Sayings, Got Questions? We have Reasons for Hope (Reasons Books 1, 2 & 3), Fun with Shuns (biblical words ending in -tion) and How to Witness to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Hear, See, Speak & Post No Evil (available at the Reasons for Hope*Jesus store or ebooks at Amazon). 

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Do not be anxious about anything.  (Phil 4:6)

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control.  Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19.  As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.” 

Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it:  Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”  The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live:  Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.

God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble.  When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.  

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19

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to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15).  When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.

When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.  

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