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The most saintly souls are often those who have never distinguished themselves as authors or allowed any major accomplishment of theirs to become the topic of the world’s conversation. They are usually those who have led a quiet inner life of holiness, having carried their sweet bouquets unseen, like a fresh lily in a secluded valley on the edge of a crystal stream. Kenelm Digby (1603-1665)

Brightly colored sunsets and starry heavens, majestic mountains and shining seas, and fragrant fields and fresh-cut flowers are not even half as beautiful as a soul who is serving Jesus out of love, through the wear and tear of an ordinary, unpoetic life. Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but the fruit is grown in the valleys. — Billy Graham (1918-2018)

If Jesus Christ be God be  God and died for me then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him. — CT Studd, missionary and evangelist (1860-1931)

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection not in books alone but in every leaf in springtime. — Martin Luther (1483-1546)         

Because God knows all things perfectly, he knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything; he is never surprised never amazed. —  A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)         

If we are to win the battle on the stage of human history it will take a prior commitment to fight the spiritual battle with the only weapons that will be effective. It will take a life committed to Christ founded on truth lived in righteousness and grounded in the gospel. — Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)         

When thy Son Jesus came into my soul instead of sin He became dearer to me than sin had formerly been. His kindly rule replaced sin’s tyranny. Teach me to believe that if ever I would have any sin subdued I must not only labor to overcome it but must invite Christ to abide in the place of it and He must become to me more than vile lust had been; that His sweetness power life may be there. Thus I must seek a grace from Him contrary to sin but must not claim it apart from Himself.    Valley of Vision (pub. 1975)    

Oh God, open our eyes and let us see how simple a man’s life can be. Where we cannot convince let us be willing to persuade. For small deeds done are better than great deeds planned. Amen. — Peter Marshall (1902-1949); His last prayer read in the Senate (Senate Chaplin 1947-49)                

Dusty Bibles always lead to dirty lives. In fact, you are either in the Word and the Word is conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ or you are in the world and the world is squeezing you into its mold.  — Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)      

Prayer is a shield to the soul a sacrifice to God and a scourge for Satan. — John Bunyan (1628-1688)       

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires,  and a touch that never hurts. —  Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870)           

If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.  — E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)   

It will never be well with you so long as you are swayed by carnal reason and rely more upon your five senses than the four evangelists.  As the body lives by breathing so the soul lives by believing.    Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)         

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)         

No person was ever honored for what he received. He was honored for what he gave.  — Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)         

Passion is a deep abiding love for Jesus.  It is the joy and strength in our vertical relationship with Him.  Compassion is love for others.  It is sacrificial service in our horizontal relationship with them.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus    

Cheer up you’re a lot worse off than you think you are. But in Jesus, you are far more loved than you ever could have imagined.  — Pastor Jack Miller (1928-1996)     

When we learn to regard prayer as the highest part of the work entrusted to us the root and strength of all other work we shall see that there is nothing that we so need to study and practice as the art of praying aright. — Arthur Murray (1828-1917         

True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.  — Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Shooting “Bible verse arrows” is not helpful counseling. They can’t heal a broken heart and they can’t pierce a hard heart. Share biblical truths that can transform the mind and comfort the soul.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus         

We are not under the law for conviction. We are under the power of the Holy Spirit for conviction. He convicts us and has the power to change us. The Law only has the power to condemn us. So how do we live under the power of the Holy Spirit?  We believe better. We remember that Jesus fulfilled the Law for us and the death of the Law has no power over us. When we remember how much Jesus loves us. we are able to submit to His royal law of loving Him and loving our neighbor too.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus         

To my past, I thank you for the lessons, and to my present, I thank you for the opportunities. To my future, I thank you for the hope, and to my Jesus, I thank You for everything.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus   

A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on it. — John Stott (1921-2011)         

We should not ask, What is wrong with the world? For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, What has happened to salt and light? — John Stott (1921-2011)

Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me. Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.  — St. Patrick (5-century Christian missionary and Bishop in Ireland)         

My concern is not whether God is on our side. My greatest concern is to be on God’s side. For God is always right. — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Submission is a matter of attitude while obedience is a matter of conduct. Peter and John answered the Jewish religious council Whether it is right in the sight of God to hearken unto you rather than unto God judge ye (Acts 419).  — Watchman Nee Chinese Church Leader (1903-1972)         

Character is always lost when a high ideal is sacrificed on the altar of conformity and popularity. — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)         

If you are a Christian you are not a citizen of this world trying to get to heaven; you are a citizen of heaven making your way through this world.  — Vance Havner (1901-1986)         

Like a sunset life will soon be over in a flash. All the color and glory that we now enjoy will one day suddenly vanish. When standing on the other side of eternity I wonder if we will be amazed that life went by so quickly. I suspect that at that time we literally will not have time to think about it. That’s why we must think about it presently and realize there are timeless moments to be lived right now.  — Joni Eareckson Tada         

The New Testament is in the Old concealed.  The Old Testament is by the New revealed.  — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)        

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

Since love grows within you so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

Let me find Thy light in my darkness, Thy life in my death,  Thy joy in my sorrow, Thy grace in my sin, Thy riches in my poverty, and Thy glory in my valley. — Puritan Prayer The Valley of Vision (pub. 1975)         

The Bible was written not to satisfy your curiosity but to help you conform to Christ’9s image. Not to make you a smarter sinner but to make you like the Savior. Not to fill your head with a collection of biblical facts but to transform your life. — Howard Hendricks (1924-2013)         

Prayer is like Wi-Fi.  Wi-Fi is invisible but it can connect you to a vast source of knowledge.  The same is true of prayer, only better.  Prayer connects us to God, THE source of all wisdom and perfect knowledge.  They are alike because with both Wi-Fi and prayer we need to first make the connection.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Listen without interrupting (Prov 18); Speak without accusing (James 119); Give without sparing (Proverbs 2126); Pray without ceasing (Colossians 19); Answer without arguing (Proverbs 171); Share without pretending (Ephesians 415); Enjoy without complaint (Phil 214); Trust without wavering (1 Cor 137); Forgive without punishment (Colossians 313); Promise without forgetting (Proverbs 1312); Believe without doubting (Mark 1123) —  Reasons for Hope* Jesus               

There is joy in self-forgetfulness. So I try to make the light in others eyes my sun the music in others ears my symphony the smile on others lips my happiness. —    Helen Keller (1880-1968)

A joyous God fills the universe. Joy is the ultimate word describing God and his world. Creation was an act of joy of delight in the goodness of what was done. It is precisely because God is like this and because we can know that he is like this that a life of full contentment is possible. — Dallas Willard (1935-2013)      

Hearts on earth say in the course of a joyful experience, I don’t want this ever to end.  But it invariably does. The hearts of those in heaven say, I want this to go on forever. And it will. There can be no better news than this. — J.I. Packer (1926-1920)         

God cares more about your being holy than being happy.  In the world, you might find happiness but in holiness, you will find joy–the joy of the Lord freely given. Receive it! — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

 It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea pretty and blue was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very very small. — Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)         

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. — G.K. Chesterton

The world will never starve for want of wonders but only for want of wonder.  — G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)         

In the original language “Fear the Lord” doesn’t mean be afraid. It means sustaining joyful astonished awe and wonder before Him.  — Timothy Keller          

I love to live on the brink of eternity!  Let me forget the world–and be swallowed up in the desire to glorify God. — David Brainerd (1718-1747)                

We must know the awe of praising his glory the intimacy of finding his grace and the struggle of asking His help all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence. Prayer then is both awe and intimacy struggle and reality. These will not happen every time we pray but each should be a major component of our prayer over the course of our lives. — Tim Keller         

Gratitude bestows reverence allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.  — John Milton (1608-1674)         

Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God’s majesty.  — A.W. Pink (1886-1952)         

Nothing is too big for Him to handle and nothing is too small to escape His attention.  — Jerry Bridges (1929-2016)         

Trouble and prayer are closely related. Trouble often drives men to God in prayer while prayer is but the voice of men in trouble. — E.M. Bounds (1835-1913)         

In prayer, it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart. — John Bunyan (1628-1688)         

Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. — V. Raymond Edman (1900-1967)         

 It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. —  Francis of Assisi (d. 1226)         

The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us. — Billy Graham (1918-2018)         

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. — Paul Harvey (1918-2009)         

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision. — Helen Keller (1880-1968)         

I long to accomplish a great and noble task but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. — Helen Keller (1880-1968)         

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else. — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) 

The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good but that God will make us good because He loves us. — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)         

To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. — C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)         

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. — Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)         

Trust the past to God\u2019s mercy the present to God\u2019s love and the future to God\u2019s providence. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)         

The Sermon on the Mount is not a checklist of what we are to do or what we can attain. It’s meant to be a “brick wall” that we crash into and recognize our need to be saved. The Sermon on the Mount knocks us to our knees so we can look up into the eyes of Jesus and receive salvation.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus         

Since my lips are the door to my words let grace keep that door that no word may go out which in any way dishonors God or hurts others. — Matthew Henry (1662-1714)         

Grant me character that is greater than my gifts and humility that is greater than my influence. — Anonymous

God often gives the trinkets of this world to His greatest enemies. He gives eternal glory to none but His redeemed children! — James Janeway (1636-1674)         

If I had the wings of a dove I would fly from the winds the storms and tempests of this wicked world–and rest myself in the bosom of my Father! — James Janeway (1636-1674)         

How can they look for Heaven when they die, who thought it not worth their minding while they lived? — James Janeway (1636-1674)         

The sovereignty of God may be defined as the exercise of His supremacy. Being infinitely elevated above the highest creature–He is the Most High Lord of Heaven and earth. Subject to none influenced by none–He is absolutely independent. God does as He pleases Ps 1153] only as He pleases and always as He pleases. None can thwart Him none can hinder Him. — A.W. Pink (1886-1952)   

Many people will walk in and out of your life but only true friends will leave footprints on your heart.  — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)      

Godliness consists in a harmony of holy principles and holy practices. — Thomas Watson  (1620 \u2013 1686)         

The Bible is the greatest book ever written. And it is the only book whose author did not need spell check, grammar check, or fact check.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus         

The wicked wish there might be no Witness of their sins no Searcher of their hearts no Judge of their deeds. They seek to banish such a God from their thoughts!  They say to God Leave us alone! We have no desire to know Your ways! Job 21:14  — A.W. Pink (1886-1952)

Thanks be to thee my Lord Jesus Christ for all the benefits Thou hast given me for all the pains and insults thou hast borne for me. O most merciful redeemer friend and brother may I know thee more clearly love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly day by day. —  Richard of Chichester (1197-1253)

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.  — Brennan Manning (1934-2013)

None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves. —  Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)        

Grace that cannot be seen like light and tasted like salt is not grace but hypocrisy. — J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)        

The Bible is not only a book of divine revelation; it is also a book of literary grandeur sublime influence human interest amazing accuracy perfect unity and everlasting challenge.   — J. Edwin Orr (1912-1987)

The name Jehovah carries majesty in it. The name Father carries mercy in it.  — Thomas Watson  (1620–1686)

Trust the past to the mercy of God the present to His love and the future to His providence. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

All praise to Thee my God this night for all the blessings of the light! Keep me O keep me King of kings beneath Thine own almighty wings. — Thomas Ken (1637-1711) author of the Doxology 

Just as the roots of trees take firmer hold when they are contending with the wind; so faith takes firmer hold when it struggles with adverse appearances. —    Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)The whole covenant is a bundle of promises. — Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

Hope is the foundation of patience. — John Calvin (1509-1564) 

What or whom we worship directs our thoughts and determines our behavior — Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Our lives move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Forgetting precedes falling. Remember repent and return. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light. — V. Raymond Edman (1900-1967)

Hope is never ill when faith is well. — John Bunyan (1628-1688)

We sleep in peace in the arms of God when we yield ourselves up to His providence. — Francois de la Mothe Fenelon (1651-1715)

One thing I’ve learned in my journey through the Valley, I am not the only one who has traveled this trail. Every day I meet some fellow pilgrim. Almost every other person I talk with has been scarred by tragedy bereavement suffering. — Vance Havner (1901-1986)    

When before the throne we stand in Him, complete all the riddles that puzzle us here will fall into place, and we shall know in fulfillment what we now believe in faith that all things work together for good in His eternal purpose. No longer will we cry, “My God, why?”  Instead, “alas” will become “Alleluia,” all question marks will be straightened into exclamation points.  Sorrow will change to singing, and pain will be lost in praise. — Vance Havner (1901-1986)

How many Judases have we in these days, who kiss Christ and yet betray Him? Who in their words; profess Him–but in their works deny Him; who bow their knee to Him and yet in their hearts despise Him? How many Judases have we in these days? Those who call him Jesus and yet will not obey him for their Lord. — Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

The doctrines of grace are good, but the grace of the doctrines is better still. See that you have it and be not content with the idea that you are well-instructed–until you so understand the doctrine that you have felt its spiritual power.  — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

The word “Christian” ends with IAN and stands for “I Am Nothing.” We are zeroes until we relate to him. [John 15:5] — Vance Havner (1901-1986)

My first prayer in the morning when I awake is addressed to the Holy Spirit that He would take possession of my thoughts, my imagination, my heart, and my words; throughout the day, directing, controlling, and sanctifying them all. — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

Oh, how full His heart is of love I cannot express to you! And if I had millions of tongues, I could not tell you how precious He is at this moment to my soul. I feel His sensible presence. He is near to me, so near that I feel as if I could embrace Him. —  Dying words of Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

Little faith will bring the soul to heaven; great faith will bring heaven into the soul. — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)  

Who can withstand the love of Christ? How it humbles and yet exalts. How it casts down and yet uplifts. How it weans from the earth and draws to Heaven. Tears of joy and tears of sorrow flow together. Then does the believer feel that if he had a thousand hearts, he could give them all to Christ; and that if it were possible, he would never, no never, sin against One so full of love and so beloved again!  — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

Put no confidence in human plans. Like bubbles floating in the air, they often look very pretty, but they burst and vanish away! — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

There is enough in ourselves to cause us to go weeping all the way, but in the fullness of Christ, in the blood that cleanses, in the Spirit that sanctifies, in the grace that upholds, in the wisdom that directs, and in the boundless matchless love that pardons, there is sufficient to make us go on our way rejoicing. — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

Nobody is shot with a bullet who is not first shot with a word, and nobody is shot with a word who is not first shot with a thought. Killing is not just a brute external act; it is, in its more common form, a subtle internal thing. All of us break the fifth commandment in countless ways…. — Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)      

Even at its longest period, life is but a dream, a vapor that appears for a little while and then passes away. The continuous voice of Jesus to us is “Rise up My love, My beautiful one and come away with Me!” — Mary Winslow  (1774-1854)

 It is of no advantage to be near the light if your eyes are closed. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

Children will be the prize to the winners of the great civil war of values. Those who control what young people are taught and what they experience,4what they see, hear, think, and believe will determine the future course of the nation. Given that influence, the predominant value system of an entire culture can be redesigned in one generation, or certainly in two, by those with unlimited access to children. — Dr. James Dobson in his 1990 book “Children at Risk”

Music is the art of the prophets; the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul. It is one of the most magnificent presents God has given us. I have always loved music; whosoever has skill in this art is of good temperament fitted for all things. We should not ordain young men as preachers unless they have been well exercised in music. — Martin Luther (1483-1546)

All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth he does not bypass the mind. — Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art; Thou my best thought, by day or by night; Waking or sleeping,  Thy presence my light. — Dallan Forgaill 6th Century

Dear angel! Ever at my side, How loving must thou be. To leave thy home in Heaven, To guide a sinful child like me.— Frederick Faber (1814-1863)

How true it is that Jesus made Himself of no reputation for our sakes! He emptied Himself of all His Glory, and if there is any glory natural to manhood, He emptied Himself even of that! Not only the glories of His Godhead but also the honors of His Manhood He laid aside that it might be seen that though He was rich yet, for our sakes, He became poor. — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

When upon life’s billows, you are tempest-tossed. When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost. Count your many blessings. Name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done. Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings every doubt will fly, and you will keep singing as the days go by. So amid the conflict, whether great or small, do not be discouraged God is over all. Count your many blessings. Angels will attend. Help and comfort give you unto your journey’s end.  — J. Oatman Jr. 1897

The wonderful thing about praying is that you leave a world of not being able to do something and enter God’s realm where everything is possible. — Corrie ten Boom

Thou Lord Jesus art my righteousness, but I am thy sin. — Martin Luther (1483-1546

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education. —  Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. — Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of the Bible. Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States

Unless the physicists get on the ball and build a good time machine, not one of us can go back in time and watch the formation of the earth and its familiar geologic wonders. Yet we believe we already have a good account of what happened. The first five books of the Bible were written by a man who glowed after his encounters with the I AM (Exodus 3429-30) and who spoke with God “face to face” (Exodus 3311).  While secular scientists scoff at divine revelation, we have confidence that it is truly the best way to know what happened at the beginning of the world. — Chuck Missler (1934-201

Liberal theologian H. Richard Niebuhr put it well when he said, “Let’s be honest. Liberal theology is that a God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross. By contrast, the term evangelical comes from the Greek word
‘euangelion,’ which means good news. The gospel is the good news of salvation brought to needy sinners by the grace of God provided in Jesus Christ.” — Dr. Mark Bailey Dallas Theological Seminary

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going into a garage makes you an automobile.    Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)

What hath God wrought? —  Samuel Morse — The first message sent on his new invention, the telegraph.

If I find in myself a desire that no experience in this world can satisfy, the only explanation is that I was made for another world. — C. S. Lewis (18987-1963)

Do not fret over your heavy troubles, for they are the heralds of weighty mercies. — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.  — Harry Ironside (1876-1951)

Cheer up. You’re a lot worse off than you think you are, but in Jesus, you are far more loved than you ever could have imagined.  — Jack Miller (1928-1996) Presbyterian Pastor and Author in Philadelphia

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows but only empties today of its strength.  — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

He who provides for this life but takes no care for eternity is wise for a moment but a fool forever. — Author Unkown

The duties of godly grandparenthood fall into four roles giving a blessing, leaving a legacy, bearing a torch, and setting a standard. — Dr. Tim Kimmel Exec. Dir. Family Matters

When we look into a mirror, we only see the effect of time on ourselves. We don’t see the effect on others. — Pearl Bailey, actress and singer (1918-1990)

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.— Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th President of the United States

From a Maryland cemetery: “Here lies an atheist. All dressed up and no place to go.” When C.S. Lewis heard about the inscription, he said, “I bet he wishes that were so.”

Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.  — Martin Luther King Jr  (1929-1968)  

For grace is given not because we have done good works but in order that we may be able to do them. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)       

Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. — Jerry Bridges (1929-2016)

Grace… expresses two complementary thoughts God’s unmerited favor to us through Christ and God’s divine assistance to us through the Holy Spirit.— Jerry Bridges (1929-2016)

Grace is knowing that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more. And there is nothing you could ever do that would make God love you less. —          Robert Brow (1924-2008)

Friendship is a priceless gift that cannot be bought or sold. But its value is far greater than a mountain made of gold. For gold is cold and lifeless, it can neither see nor hear. And in the time of trouble, it is powerless to cheer. It has no ears to listen nor heart to understand. It cannot bring you comfort or reach out a helping hand.  So when you ask God for a gift, be thankful if He sends; Not diamonds, pearls or riches; but the love of real true friends. — Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)  [this poem is often wrongly attributed to Muhammed Ali

The human heart is a factory of idols. Every one of us is from his mother’s womb an expert in inventing idols!  — John Calvin (1509-1564)

Wise people learn by God’s grace to consider sickness a school where one can learn great lessons, a battlefield where one can win great victories, and a garden where one may pick beautiful flowers and fruits. — Samuel Lane Loomis (1856-1938), American minister and author of Modern Cities and their Religious Problems (1887)

 Love so amazing, so divine; Demands my soul, my life my all. — Lyric from “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” by Isaac Watts (1674-1

When atheists are alone, they have no one they can talk to. They are truly alone. Jesus has promised that He is always with us.  We are never alone. We always have Him to talk to. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

In Christ, the lame leap, the blind see, the deaf hear, the mute speak — all because the dead are risen. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

There is only one book that, as you read it, the author is present to explain His words — the Bible.   — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

O Lord, clouds are the dust of Your “feet.” (Nah. 13). Help us remember how near You are during the dark and cloudy days. Love beholds You and is glad. Faith sees the clouds emptying themselves and thereby making the hills on every side rejoice.  — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

We live fascinating lives if we are living in the center of God’s will. All the attacks that Satan hurls at us through the sins of others are not only powerless to harm us but are transformed into blessings along the way.  — Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911)

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my life my all, utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt send me where Thou wilt and work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now and forever.  — Betty Scott Stam (1906-1934) missionary to China executed by Communist Chinese soldiers at the age of 28

The ministry of the Word of God is to heal us and create in us a desire to share that healing with others.  — Ray Stedman, pastor and author  (1917-1992)

New Year’s Day — A New Beginning.  Celebrate the newness of your life in Christ: new faith, new love, new hope, new joy, new peace, new mind, new song, and more! You are under the New Covenant. No longer are you simply the spirit of man. You have a New Spirit, and He is holy.  No longer are you the lord of your life.  You have a New Lord, and He is holy. He is Jesus. Rejoice in the newness of your salvation. Lam 3:21-24:  This I recall to my mind Therefore, I have hope.  Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I hope in Him! — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Weight lifting strengthens the body. Trials tests and tribulation strengthen the soul.  The difference is that weight lifting is done alone.  The Lord promises to help us lift the “weights” of trials, tests, and tribulation — and He gives us His strength, assuring us we are never alone.. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

True peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God. — Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910)

There is never a majestic mountain without a deep valley, and there is no birth without pain. — Daniel Crawford Scottish missionary of the Plymouth Brethren in central-southern Africa. (1870-1926)

Our kind heavenly Father has provided many wonderful inns for us along our journey, but he takes special care to see that we never mistake any of them for home. — CS Lewis (1898-1963)

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he was transformed into a butterfly. — Author Unknown

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. —  Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983) — Holocaust survivor who started a rehabilitation center for concentration camp survivors and a global ministry to preach the power of forgiveness         

God’s promises and His providence do not lift us from the world of common sense and everyday trials, for it is through these very things that our faith is perfected. And it is in this world that God loves to interweave the golden threads of His love with the twists and turns of our common everyday experiences.  — A.B. Simpson (1843-1919) Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

Jesus is showing us the plan for a Christian Church that is much more than an association of congenial friends to listen once a week to an intellectual discourse and musical entertainment and carry on by proxy a mechanism of Christian work; but rather a Church that can be at once the mother and home of every form of help and blessing which Jesus came to give to lost and suffering men the birthplace and the home of souls the fountain of healing and cleansing the sheltering home for the orphan and distressed the school for the culture and training of God’s children the armory where they are equipped for the battle of the Lord and the army which fights those battles in His name. Such a center of population in this sad and sinful world!  — A.B. Simpson (1843-1919) Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance

You will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything but Christ.  — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. — Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983), Holocaust survivor 

Truth is found in the Lord. Beauty flows from a loving heart. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

 Shakespeare said, “We know what we are but know not what we may be.” Christians should say, “We know what we are and what we will be — conformed to the image of Jesus.”  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

Our infirmities become the black velvet on which the diamond of God’s love glitters all the more brightly.  — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

As cold as everything looks in winter, the sun has not forsaken us. He has only drawn away for a little for good reasons, one of which is that we may learn that we cannot do without him. — George MacDonald (1824-1905)

Eternal life does not begin with death; it begins with faith. — Samuel Shoemaker (1893-1963; Episcopal priest considered one of the best preachers of his era

Not what, but WHOM I do believe! That in my darkest hour of need Hath comfort that no mortal creed to mortal man may give. Not what but WHOM! For Christ is more than all the creeds  And His full life of gentle deeds Shall all the creeds outlive. Not what I do believe, but WHOM!   WHO walks beside me in the gloom? WHO shares the burden wearisome? WHO all the dim way doth illume. And bids me look beyond the tomb The larger life to live? Not what I do believe BUT WHOM!  — John Oxenham  (1852-1941)

There is a Hand stretched out to you; a Hand with a wound in the palm of it. Reach out the hand of your faith to clasp it and cling to it, for without faith, it is impossible to please God. — Henry VanDyke (1852-1933)

Reach up as far as you can, and you will find that God is already reaching down to grasp your hand.  — Reasons  for Hope* Jesus

Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It is a way to live. The law tells me how crooked I am. Grace comes along and straightens me out. — D.L. Moody (1837-1899)

 The grace of the spirit comes only from heaven and lights up the whole bodily presence. — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Abounding sin is the terror of the world, but abounding grace is the hope of mankind.— A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)

For grace is given not because we have done good works but so that we may be able to do them.  — Augustine Of Hippo (354-430)

The law detects sin. Grace alone conquers sin. — Augustine Of Hippo (354-430)

Nothing but grace makes a man so humble and, at the same time, so glad. — Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Grace is not opposed to effort; it’s opposed to earning.— Dallas Willard (1935-2013)

Wherever God takes you, His grace will strengthen and empower you. — Reasons for Hope* Jesus

May the peace of God in my soul, the love of Jesus in my heart, and the Word of God in my mind cause the the Light of the Lord to shine forth in my eyes.  And may I be a testimony of His grace and goodness that gives hope to a dark and dying world.  — Reason for Hope* Jesus (2021)

Joy is not something you can work to obtain.  It comes from within. It’s a gift of the Holy Spirit, experienced when we have a content soul, a sound mind, and a heart filled with love.  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus (2021)         

Don’t live by fear and self-dependence.  Live by faith in God and dependence on Jesus.  Self-sufficiency will always fail. Jesus has promised, “My grace is sufficient for you for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 129).   Jesus will never leave you or forsake you (Heb 135).  He will never fail you.  Live for Him!  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus* Jesus (2021)

A Church that does not honor the Bible is as useless as a body without life or a steam engine without fire.  A minister who does not honor the Bible is as useless as a soldier without weapons, a builder without tools, a pilot without a compass, or a messenger without tidings. — J.C. Ryle 1902

It’s often said, “change is a good thing!”  But that’s not always true.  Some changes can harm the heart, trouble the mind, and burden the soul.  Only the Spirit of God can bring about truly good change because He works in us to conform us to the image of Jesus. That’s a change that heals the heart, rests the mind, and comforts the soul. And it’s more than just good change — it’s godly change!  — Reasons for Hope* Jesus* Jesus (2021)   

William Shakespeare said, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  Jesus taught: Love all, trust God, do wrong to none.  — Reason for Hope* Jesus (2021)

Truth is proper and beautiful at all times and in all places. — Frederick Douglass (1818-1895; American social reformer, abolitionist, orator,  writer, and statesman)

I am intensely interested in the future as I expect to spend most of my life there. — Author Unknown

Life is short death is sure; sin the curse; Christ the cure. — Author Unknown 

When the past calls let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say. — Author Unknown    

Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day. — Author Unknown

Count your blessings instead of your crosses. Count your gains instead of your losses. Count your joys instead of your woes. Count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears. Count your courage instead of your fears. Count your full years instead of your lean. Count your kind deeds instead of your mean. Count your health instead of your wealth. Love your neighbor as much as yourself.  — Author Unknown

In comfort and pain, I will praise Him. In laughter and sorrow, I will praise Him. On sunny rosy days and dark, desperate nights, I will praise Him. In lush, fragrant gardens and desolate, dry deserts, I will praise Him. In the arms of certainty and the fear of the unknown, I will praise Him.  On the days I feel like a normal human being, and on the days I feel like a mutant from another world,  I will praise Him. — Author Unknown

Man’s way leads to a hopeless end. God’s way leads to an endless hope. I am intensely interested in the future as I expect to spend most of my life there. — Author Unknown

Life is like an onion; you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. — Author Unknown

When the past calls let it go to voicemail. It has nothing new to say. — Author Unknown

Always remember to forget the troubles that passed away. But never forget to remember the blessings that come each day. — Author Unknown

False teachings about blessings are about meeting our needs, finding our success, and building our strength. Biblical teachings about blessings are about God’s work, God being pleased, and God being glorified. — Author Unknown

Satan knows your name but calls you by your sin.  God knows your sin but calls you by your name.  — Author Unknown

Don’t look around for a life partner —  look up. — Author Unknown

Know Christ, know peace. No Christ, no peace. —  Author Unknown

“The worst isn’t the last thing about the world. It’s the next to the last thing. The last thing is the best. It’s the power from on high that comes down into the world, that wells up from the rock-bottom worst of the world like a hidden spring. Can you believe it? The last, best thing is the laughing deep in the hearts of the saints, sometimes our hearts even. Yes. You are terribly loved and forgiven. Yes. You are healed. All is well.” Frederick Buechner, The Final Beast