It has been a while since I sent out a "thought" since I was vacationing ("on holiday" for my British friends!) in my homeland -- New England. During that time I picked up a book (actually a few books). One was entitled "101 Quotable Christians," published by Barbour Publishing Co. and listing no author/editor.
I went through the book (as always) with a yellow marker in hand and highlighted some that I thought were very good. I now offer them to you with the hope that they may encourage you or give you some helpful insights. As is printed on the back cover of the book: "A great quotation can provide thought, brighten a day, even change a life..." I pray it is so! Enjoy.
"Grace is not given because we have done good works, but in order that we may be able to do them."
St. Augustine (400 A.D.)
"Men would sooner believe that the Gospel is from heaven if they saw more such effects of it upon the hearts and lives of those who profess it."
Richard Baxter (1650 A.D.)
"You want me to tell you why God is to be loved and how much? I answer that the reason for loving God is God Himself; and the measure of love due Him is immeasurable love... We are to love God for Himself because of a twofold reason: Nothing is more reasonable, and nothing is more profitable. When one asks: Why should I love God? he may mean, What is lovely in God? or What shall I gain by loving God? In either case, the same cause of love exists, namely, God Himself... Ought He not be loved in return, when we think who loved, whom He loved, and how much He loved."
Bernard of Clairvaux (1125 A.D. - author of the hymn "Be Thou My Vision.")
"Will God ever ask you to do something you are not able to do? The answer is yes -- all the time! It must be that way, for God's glory and kingdom. If we function according to our ability alone, we get the glory. If we function according to the power of the Spirit within us, God gets the glory. He wants to reveal Himself to a watching world."
Henry Blackaby (2009 A.D.)
"The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men... The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods but through men."
E. M. Bounds (1880 A.D.)
"Let all our employment be to know God; the more one knows Him, the more one desires to know Him... Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion, but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility... There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God."
Nicolas Herman or "Brother Lawrence" (1670 A.D.)
"The end to which we ought to purpose ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshipers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity."
Nicolas Herman or "Brother Lawrence"
"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it's like to live inside somebody else's skin... The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt."
Frederick Buechner (2004 A.D.)
"That there exists in the human mind, and indeed by natural instinct, some sense of Deity, we hold to be beyond dispute, since God Himself, to prevent any man from pretending ignorance, has endued all men with some idea of His Godhead, the memory of which He constantly renews and occasionally enlarges, that all to a man, being aware that there is a God, and that He is their Maker, may be condemned by their own conscience when they neither worship Him nor consecrate their lives to His service...
Until men feel that they owe everything to God, that they are cherished by His paternal care, and that He is the author of all their blessings, so that nothing is to be looked for apart from Him, they will never submit to Him in voluntary obedience. No, unless they place their entire happiness in Him, they will never yield up their whole selves to Him in truth and sincerity."
John Calvin (1646 A.D.)
"The word "comfort" is from two Latin words meaning "with" and "strong" -- He is with us to make us strong. Comfort is not soft, weakening commiseration, it is true, strengthening love... All along, let us remember we are not asked to understand, but simply obey."
Amy Carmichael (1920 A.D.)
"Remember -- a cup brimful of sweetness cannot spill even one drop of bitter water, no matter how hard or suddenly it is jarred."
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become popular."
G. K. Chesterton (1900 A.D.)
"Love not the world. Nothing that it contains is worth the life and consecration of an immortal soul... He who seeks God in tangible form misses the very thing he is seeking, for God is a Spirit."
Henry Drummond (1880 A. D.)
Many Christians look with regret to mistakes from their past, thereby feeding an ongoing sense of shame and deadening their joy in the present. Yet, as Francois Fenelon (1690 A.D.) wisely points out,"The wise and diligent traveler watches all his steps, and keeps his eyes always directed to that part of the path which is immediately before him. He does not incessantly look backwards to count his steps and examine his footprints."
"As all the rivers are gathered into the ocean, which is the meeting place of all the waters in the world, so Christ is that ocean in which all true delights and pleasures meet."
John Flavel (1650 A.D.)
Blessings on your day. In Christ's Service, Pastor Jeff