Quotes

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Thailer:

For me, quotes are life changing. A lot of the reason why I started this blog was to provide an outlet for all the many quotes I love. These quotes will mainly be spiritual in nature and I hope they will help you in the way they have me.

*NOTE – Just because a following individual is quoted does not mean I 100% agree completely with that person, their lifestyle or their doctrinal standing on Scripture.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (Matthew 13:44)

“There are bad reasons to turn to other writers besides the Bible. And there are good ones. One of the bad reasons we turn to other writers is that we find the Bible tame and tasteless. It is anything but tame and tasteless. One of the good reasons we turn to other writers besides the Bible is that we savor the taste of God not only in the Bible, but also in the way others savor Him. The best writers intensify our taste for the Bible, and especially for God Himself.” (John Piper)

“I am concerned for the poor but more for you. I know not what Christ will say to you in the great day….I fear there are many hearing me who may know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudgingly at all, requires a new heart; an old heart would rather part with its life-blood than its money. Oh my friends! Enjoy your money; make the most of it; give none away; enjoy it quickly for I can tell you, you will be beggars throughout eternity.” (Robert Murray M’Cheyne)

“Any good-hearted goal, without the desire to give people eternal joy in God, is condemnation with a kind face.” (John Piper)

“Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,
Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.” (John Bunyan)

‘I am not what I ought to be — ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be — I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be — soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”‘ (John Newton)

“Why is my life more valuable than this baby’s? Someone asked me recently why I don’t save money for emergencies, or retirement. My answer was how can I justify saving for myself “just in case” something happens to me when something IS happening to so many already; 29,000 kids will die today of preventable causes.” (Francis Chan)

“Cheap grace means the justification of sin without the justification of the sinner. Grace alone does everything, they say, and so everything can remain as it was before…Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance,…Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will gladly go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake of one will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him. Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us…Grace is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: “my yoke is easy and my burden light.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“If we had more hell in the pulpit, we would have less hell in the pew.” (Billy Graham)

On how Christianity conquered the Roman Empire: “ ‘Under the Roman Empire, Christians had no legal right to exist.’ We Americans just get all bent out of shape when our rights are taken away. Why do you think Christians should have a right for anything? This country is a footnote on the future reality – a weird one. We act like it‘s ‘the thing.’ Read your Bible! We don‘t have any rights in this world, we are aliens and exiles and refugees. Satan is the god of this world. We testify unto death. ‘Every Christian knew that he might have to testify to his faith at the cost of his life’ – that’s why it spread! American wimpy Christianity won’t spread. It’s those who know it might cost them their lives; who treasure Jesus more than they treasure life, let alone any lifestyle – they’ll spread. And the rest will just shrink into this comfortable little enclave…” (John Piper)

“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.” (Joshua Harris)

“Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16)

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

“For evil to triumph the good only need to be silent.”

“But why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

“There is a very real and rare disease in which you feel no pain (CIPA). And you and I might think, ‘Wow. What a way to live!’ No. You can put your hand on a burning stove and talk to somebody and not know that your hand is burning. You could step on a rusty nail while playing a game and not know that that has punctured your skin and poisoning your blood stream. You can take on deadly diseases through the breakage of the skin or whatever without knowing it. I saw this girl’s (Ashlyn Blocker) mother interviewed on television and she ended her interview by saying, ‘My prayer to God every night is ‘Lord, please let my Ashlyn begin to feel pain.’ If within our finite minds, within these materialistic bodies, pain is a symptom of what’s gone wrong and a reminder to correction – is it impossible for an infinite God to bring pain, even within our hearts and minds and our sensitivity of the soul to direct us to the Redeemer and the One who transforms the heart that is severed and broken from Him which is the ultimate kind of pain?“ (Ravi Zacharias)

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14)

“God’s mercy with a sinner is only equaled and perhaps outmatched by His patience with the saints.” (Alan Redpath)

“More and more people care about religious tolerance as fewer and fewer care about religion.” (Alexander Chase)

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” (Winston Churchill)

“Why do you think God lets Christians live? If they are Christians, they are ready to die. I can tell you. He lets Christians live in order that others might be saved. We are saved to save.” (Malcolm Hill)

“If in the end you have not chosen Jesus Christ, it will not matter what you have chosen.”

“Religion today is not transforming the people – it is being transformed by the people. It is not raising the moral level of society – it is descending to society’s own level and congratulating itself that it has scored a victory because society is smiling accepting its surrender.” (A.W. Tozer)

“This is God’s universe and He does everything His way. You may have a better way, but you don’t have a universe.” (J. Vernon McGee)

“The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time. He treasures us and anticipates our departure from this earth to be with Him – and we wonder, indifferently, how much we have to do for Him to get by.” (Francis Chan)

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they don’t understand, but for me I have always noticed that the passages that bother me are those I do understand.” (Mark Twain)

“I had motives for not wanting the world to have meaning; consequently assumed it had none, and was able without any difficulty to find satisfying reasons for this assumption . The philosopher who finds no meaning in the world is not concerned exclusively with a problem in pure metaphysics; he is also concerned to prove there is no valid reason why he personally should not do as he wants to do… For myself, as no doubt for most of my contemporaries, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation. The liberation we desired was simultaneously liberation from a certain political and economic system and liberation from a certain system of morality. We objected to the morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom.” (Aldous Huxley, Professed Atheist)

“There once was in man a true happiness of which now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present. But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.” (Blaise Pascal)

“Basically, wherever naive pluralism reigns, religious gullibility sits enthroned with it. Just when Western culture is becoming most uncritical, accepting, and open in pluralism, in comes Islam. Now, the irony is this: despite some brief historic periods of openness, Islam is not a liberal or pluralistic religion. So what happens when a culture becomes naively pluralistic and encounters a religious system that is not? The culture welcomes the religious system with wide-open arms, and the religious system slowly works toward dominance.” – (Thibiti Anyabwile, former Muslim)

“So we rationalize these passages away. “Jesus wouldn’t really tell us not to bury our father or say good-bye to our family. Jesus didn’t literally mean to sell all we have and give it to the poor…” And this is where we need to pause. Because we are starting to redefine Christianity. We are giving in to the temptation to take the Jesus of the Bible and twist him into a version of Jesus we are more comfortable with. A nice, middle-class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have. A Jesus who would not expect us to forsake our closest relationships so that he receives all our affection. A Jesus who is fine with nominal devotion that does not infringe on our comforts, because, after all, he loves us just the way we are. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced, who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes, and who, for that matter, wants us to avoid danger altogether. A Jesus who brings us comfort and prosperity as we live out our Christian spin on the American dream. But do you and I realize what we are doing at this point? We are molding Jesus into our image. He is beginning to look a lot like us because, after all, that is whom we are most comfortable with. And the danger now is that when we gather in our church buildings to sing and lift up our hands in worship, we may not actually be worshiping the Jesus of the Bible. Instead, we may be worshiping ourselves.” (David Platt)

“Only one life,
‘Twill soon be past;
Only what’s done
for Christ will last.”

“Persecution and suffering as we see today in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa have marked followers of Christ from the beginning of the church. In the nearly three hundred years before Christianity was legalized by Constantine, followers of Christ faced terrible persecution. For ten generations, Christians dug nearly six hundred miles of catacombs beneath and around the city of Rome. Catacombs were underground tombs where Christians often gathered in secret for worship. Thousands and thousands of Christians were buried there as a result of intense persecution. Archaeologists who have explored the catacombs have found a common inscription scattered throughout them. The inscription was the Greek word ‘ichthus’, which was used as an acrostic for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior.” You might recognize this sign because now these fish symbols are scattered across the backs of cars belonging to Christians. How far we have come when we paste this symbol identified with martyred brothers and sisters in the first century onto the backs of our SUVs and luxury sedans in the twenty-first century.”

‘C.S. Lewis puts it well: “It would be a bold and silly creature that came before its Creator with the boast, ‘I’m no beggar. I love you disinterestedly.’” If you come to God dutifully offering Him the reward of your fellowship instead of thirsting after the reward of His fellowship, then you exalt yourself above God as His benefactor and belittle Him as a needy beneficiary – and that is evil.’ (John Piper)

“The soul would have no rainbow if the eye had no tears.”

If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable. 1 Corinthians 15:19

“A famous cigarette billboard pictures a curly-headed, bronze-faced, muscular macho with a cigarette hanging out the side of his mouth. The sign says, “Where a man belongs.” That is a lie. Where a man belongs is at the bedside of his children, leading in devotion and prayer. Where a man belongs is leading his family to the house of God. Where a man belongs is up early and alone with God seeking vision and direction for his family.” (John Piper)

“I am a creature of a day. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God. I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. God Himself has condescended to teach me the way. He has written it down in a book. Oh, give me that book! At any price give me the book of God. Let me be a man of one book.” (John Wesley)

“I die every day!” (1 Corinthians 15:31) ‘Daily Christian living is daily Christian dying. The dying I have in mind is the dying of comfort and security and reputation an health and family and friends and wealth and homeland. These may be taken from us at any time in the path of Christ-exalting obedience. To die daily the way Paul did, and to take up our cross daily the way Jesus commanded, is to embrace this life of loss for Christ’s sake and count it gain.’ (John Piper)

“As our mind is relaxed by luxury, it is strengthened by poverty. Yet who can be poor if he does not long for anything? If he does not crave the possessions of others? If he is rich towards God? He rather is poor, who, although he has much, desires more.” (Mark Felix)

Light candle one, and count the cost;
And ponder everything we’ve lost.
And let us bow before the throne
Of God, who gives and takes his own,
And promises, whatever toll
He takes, to satisfy our soul.
Come learn the lesson of the rod:
The treasure that we have in God.
He is not poor nor much enticed
Who loses everything but Christ. (John Piper)

“Do you think that you can reprove words, when the speech of a despairing man is wind?” (Job 6:26)

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” (C.S. Lewis)

‘God measures love by the amount of sacrifice involved. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”‘ (John 15:13 & Gary Henry)

The love for equals is a human thing – of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing – the love for those who suffer, for those who are poor, the sick, the failures, the unlovely. This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing – to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich, of the black man for the white man. The world is always bewildered by its saints. And then there is the love for the enemy – love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured’s love for the torturer. This is God’s love. It conquers the world. (Frederick Buechner)

“We are saved from God to God by God through God for God.” (Jared Wilson)

“He loves Thee too little, who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake.” (Augustine)

“The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.” (John Piper)

”It is superfluous to build temples, since the church of God does not consist in a multitude of stones joined together, but in the unity of the believers assembled.” (Pierre de Bruys)

“Consumerism is a religion. Stores are temples. Right now people are out shopping for an identity trying to make earth heaven.” (Mark Driscoll)

“Too many present day pulpiteers are soft-pedaling the gospel. Even many who are robed in the vestments of fundamentalism are void of semblance of holy boldness in their preaching. They handle sin with kid gloves, avoid great issues, and shrink from declaring cardinal doctrines; pussy-footers in the pulpit, what a tragedy. They are a blight to the church and a blockade to the Holy Spirit’s blessing. God wants trumpets in the pulpit, not violins; trumpets that sound the reveler and warn about the judgment to come. The tabooing of negative preaching has taken the fire and brimstone out of the pulpit, dried the tears of repentance, keeps altars empty. I would not minimize for a moment the effectiveness of the positive proclamation of the glorious transforming gospel of Christ. It is my contention however that the sledge-hammer preachers of yesterday were not entirely wrong and that a balanced middle of the road position must be taken.” (Bill Piper)

“He knows us. He’s alive. He’s not a joy-killing bummer or some moralistic church lady. He is the most wonderful Person – capital ‘P’ – imaginable. In fact, His name is ‘Wonderful.’ Now who would reject that? So at that point I realized everything that I rejected about God was actually not God. It was just dead religion. It was phoniness. It was people who go to church and do not show the love of Jesus. It was people who know the Bible and use it as a weapon. It was people who don’t practice what they preach; people who are indifferent to the poor and suffering; people who use religion as a way to exclude others from their group; people who use religion as a way to judge others – I had rejected that. But guess what? Jesus had also rejected that. He had railed against that and called people to real life and real faith. Jesus was and is the enemy of dead religion.” (Eric Metaxas)

“What a curious phenomenon it is that you can get men to die for the liberty of the world who will not make the little sacrifice that is needed to free themselves from their own individual bondage.” (Bruce Barton)

“It says in Hebrews 10:26-29 that those who are on their way to hell will ‘trample underfoot the Son of God’ and so what God is saying is, ‘You’ll go to hell over my dead body.’ And He places the body of His Son before those who would walk in such a direction in order that His love might persuade them otherwise.” (Kyle Butt)

“How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” (Penn Jillette)

“You cannot break men’s hearts by jesting with them.” (Richard Baxter)

“Christians are tempted, again and again, to fight like the devil to please the Lord.” (Russell D. Moore)

“In response to a critical lady, D. L. Moody said, ‘I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it.’ Actually reaching out to the marginalized sinner face-to-face is different than criticizing them from afar. The first is like Jesus, the second is like the Pharisees. I like Jesus’ way of doing it better than the Pharisees way of not doing it.” (Clay Gentry)

“The irony of gospel-based sanctification is that those who end up obeying more are those who increasingly realize that their standing with God is not based on their obedience but on Christ’s.” (Tullian Tchividjian)

“The story of the manna gathered and set aside by the Hebrews is deeply significant. It so happened that the manna rotted when it was kept. And perhaps this means that all spiritual reading which is not consumed – by prayer and by works – ends by causing a sort of rotting inside us. You die with a head full of fine sayings and a perfectly empty heart. ” (Julian Green)

“I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.” (Harry S. Truman)

On the absurdity of Christians who neglect the weightier matters: “They will know we are Christians by our relentless indignation over ultra-trivial matters while the 5.5 million children who are victims of human trafficking worldwide go ignored. Seems legit.” (Deana Nall)

“The front in the advance of God’s reign is not at the ballot box but on the street. The world won’t be won to Christ through politics or power but by the gospel of sacrificial love, good news telling, and disciple-making. Jesus rejected a throne at his temptation and embraced the way of the cross. We should follow his methods and not just his name.” (Dan Bouchelle)

“Convenient Christianity is shouting to the world how lost they are while standing within the safe beautiful doors of our nice buildings. It’s existing on the premises, not standing on the promises. It’s wonderful, exciting programs directed inwardly at the saved while the lost are dying on the curb.” (Paula Harrington)

“I think 95% of the things that are ailing our country today, that most of us feel passionately about, are beyond the reach of government. And I think we have lived in an era of political solutions to all problems. Politicians feed this. They can come on television and say ‘Elect me. I’m going to solve this problem.’ Actually, they have very little that they can control, as I discovered after four years in the White House. If you want to penetrate the moral imagination, you don’t do that with legislation.” (Charles Colson)

“The jargon of the philosophy of progress taught us to think that the savage and primitive state of man is behind us…But barbarism is not behind us, it is [within] us.” (David Cecil)

“In her book Creed or Chaos? Sayers said that over the previous century and more, politics had operated on the following basis: What was wrong with the human society was not in the human heart. It lay in social structures, in a lack of education. It was a lack of applying what we know through science. Therefore, if we could just fill those gaps, human society would achieve greatness. But modern history is littered with disillusioned people who thought capitalism would make us better or socialism would make us better. The sins of the human heart just express themselves differently in each of these systems. Politics is another outside-in approach that does not change the heart.” (Tim Keller)

“The tragedy of the world is that the echo is mistaken for the Original Shout. When our back is to the breathtaking beauty of God, we cast a shadow on the earth and fall in love with it. But it does not satisfy.” (John Piper)

“When you are going through something hard and wonder where God is, remember, the teacher is always quiet during a test.”

“When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone… two thinkers, you become confused… ten thinkers, you’ll begin developing your own voice… two or three hundred thinkers, you become wise and develop your voice.” (Timothy Keller)

“Strive for truth, not victory.” (Archibald Alexander)

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” (Upton Sinclar)

“The essence of sin is we human beings substituting ourselves for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for us. We…put ourselves where only God deserves to be; God…puts himself where we deserve to be.” (John Stott)

“He [Christ] is Isaac, the beloved Son of the Father who was offered as a sacrifice, but nevertheless did not succumb to the power of death. He is Jacob the watchful shepherd, who has such great care for the sheep which he guards. He is the good and compassionate brother Joseph, who in his glory was not ashamed to acknowledge his brothers, however lowly and abject their condition. He is the great sacrificer and bishop Melchizedek, who has offered an eternal sacrifice once for all. He is the sovereign lawgiver Moses, writing his law on the tables of our hearts by his Spirit. He is the faithful captain and guide Joshua, to lead us to the Promised Land. He is the victorious and noble king David, bringing by his hand all rebellious power to subjection. He is the magnificent and triumphant king Solomon, governing his kingdom in peace and prosperity. He is the strong and powerful Samson, who by his death has overwhelmed all his enemies.” (John Calvin, Preface to Olvetan’s New Testament)

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.” (Optimus Prime)

“To learn, read; to know, write; to master, teach.” (Hindu Proverb)

“Your religion is what you do with your solitude.” (Archbishop William Temple)

“In your country, for example, there seem to be Christian political voices saying that you shouldn’t have a national healthcare system. To us, in Britain, this is virtually unthinkable. Every other developed country from Norway to New Zealand has healthcare for all of its citizens. We don’t understand all of this opposition to it over here in the U.S. And, we should remember: In the ancient world, there wasn’t any healthcare system. It was the Christians, very early on, who introduced the idea that we should care for people beyond the circle of our own kin. Christians taught that we should care for the poor and disadvantaged. Christians eventually organized hospitals. To hear people standing up in your political debate and saying—“If you are followers of Jesus, you must reject universal healthcare coverage!”—and that’s unthinkable to us. Those of us who are Christians in other parts of the world are saying: We can’t understand this political language. It’s not our value in our countries. It’s not even in keeping with traditional Christian teaching on caring for others.” (N.T. Wright)

“We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow have a corner on God.” (Desmond Tutu)

“If there is social injustice, say there is social injustice. If we need order, say we need order….But do not align yourself as though you are in either of these camps (political parties, tj): You are an ally of neither. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is different from either – totally different.” (Francis Schaeffer)

“One Book is enough, but a thousand books is not too many!” (Martin Luther)

“Men despise religion. They hate it and are afraid it may be true. The cure for this is first to show that religion is not contrary to reason, but worthy of reverence and respect. Next make it attractive, make good men wish it were true and then show that it is.” (Blaise Pascal)

“Knowledge does not cause one to be empathetic, but there is certainly a correlation. The more ignorant we are of the plight of the poor, the easier it is to blame them for their problems. The more ignorant we are of what it’s like to be disabled, the less likely we are to take their needs into consideration. The more ignorant we are of what it’s like to be sexually harassed, the more likely we are to say they were asking for it. The more ignorant we are of where our food comes from, the easier it is to eat meat. Expand your knowledge – expand your empathy.” (Christopher Burks)

“Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of everyday folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” (Gandalf – “The Lord of the Rings”)

“Whatever it be that makes us trust in ourselves that we are comparatively wise or good, so as to treat those with contempt who do not subscribe to our doctrines, or follow our party, is a proof and fruit of a self-righteous spirit.” (John Newton)

“If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.” (Stephen Colbert)


“A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.” (Martin Luther)

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