Unlike the more lengthy "thoughts" of the last two weeks, I chose to offer you a few smaller thoughts that I came across while reading a book entitled, "101 Quotable Christians," published by Barbour Publishing and listing no author. I trust you might find some of them to be insightful and encouraging as I myself did when I first read them. They cover a variety of topics, and come to you from ten of the 101 different authors. Enjoy!
"The goodness of God breaking forth into a desire to communicate good, was the cause and beginning of the creation." William Law (1686 - 1761)
"Catch a man at the moment when he is really poor in spirit, and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, "By love! I'm being humble," and almost immediately pride -- pride at his own humility -- will appear." C. S. Lewis (1898 - 1963)
"I need Christ, not something that resembles Him." C. S. Lewis
"If our lives are easy, and if all we ever attempt for God is what we know we can handle, how will we ever experience His omnipotence in our lives?" Anne Graham Lotz (1948 - )
"Satan cannot create anything new, cannot create anything at all. He must steal what God has created. Thus he twists love and God's wonderful gift of sex into lust and sadism and myriad perversions. He disfigures the heart's deep desire to worship God and persuades us to bow before lesser gods of lust, power or money." Catherine Marshall (1914 - 1983)
"Truth is objective because God exists outside ourselves; it is universal because God is above all; it is constant because God is eternal. Absolute truth is absolute because it originates from the Original." Josh McDowell (1939 - )
"Because God is holy, He cannot look on sin with indifference." Josh McDowell
D. L. Moody (1837 - 1899)
"The moral man is as guilty as the rest. His morality cannot save him... It is a favorite thing with infidels to set their own (moral) standard and to measure themselves by other people. But that will not do in the Day of Judgment. That aside, now let us use God's law as a balance weight..."
"Satan is willing to have us worship anything, however sacred -- the Bible, a crucifix, the church -- if only we do not worship God Himself."
"I believe the memory is "the worm that never dies"... the memory is never cleansed (entirely) of obscene stories and unclean acts. Even if a man repents and reforms, he often has to fight the past."
"Just like the moon's light, our light is borrowed light."
"The world can get on very well without you and me, but the world cannot get on without Christ, and therefore we must testify of Him... It seems to me that if we get one look at Christ in His love and beauty, then the world and its pleasures will look very small to us."
"Some people tell us that it does not make any difference what a man believes if he is only sincere. One church is just as good as another if you are only sincere. I do not believe that any greater delusion ever came out of the pit of hell than that."
"Pentecost isn't over yet."
"Christ counted it no humiliation to be able to do nothing of Himself, but to be always and absolutely dependent on the Father." Andrew Murray (1828 - 1917)
"You are in danger of substituting prayer and Bible study for living fellowship with God, the living interchange of giving Him your love, your heart, your life, and receiving from Him His love, His life, His Spirit. Your needs and their expression, your desire to pray humbly and earnestly and believingly may so occupy you, that the light of His countenance and the joy of His love cannot enter you." Andrew Murray
"If our hearts are full of our own wretched, "I am________...," we will have no ears to hear His glorious, soul-satisfying, "I AM." Hannah Whitall Smith (1832 -1911)
"Put together all the tenderest love you know of, multiply it by infinity, and you will begin to see glimpses of the love and grace of God." Hannah Whitall Smith
"The only thing of my very own that I contribute to my redemption, is the sin from which I need to be redeemed." William Temple (1881 - 1944)
"Before the first star was kindled, before the first living creature began to sing the praise of its Creator, he loved His Church with an everlasting love." Charles Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)
I trust that that a few were helpful or encouraging! In His Service, Pastor Jeff