Former Quotes of the Month

3/2014: “Prayer is dealing with God as if he were both willing and ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Eph 3:20). It is believing in the sovereignty and grace of God in action. Those who believe in the sovereignty of God should of all people pray the most.” Calvin Knox Cummings

2/2014: “The kingdom of heaven has no price tag on it: It is worth as much as you have. For Zacchaeus it was worth half of what he owned, because the other half that he had unjustly pocketed he promised to restore four-fold. For Peter and Andrew it was worth the nets and vessel they had left behind; for the widow it was worth two copper coins; for another it was worth a cup of cold water. So as we said, the kingdom of heaven is worth as much as you have.” Gregory the Great, Forty Gospel Homilies 5.2

1/2014: “Christianity can be condensed into four words: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit.” Samuel Wilberforce

12/2013: “Unless we believe the gospel, we will be driven in all we do–whether obeying or disobeying–by pride (‘self-love’) or fear (‘of damnation’). Apart from ‘grateful remembering’ of the gospel, all good works are done then for sinful motives. Mere moral effort may restrain the heart, but does not truly change the heart. Moral effort merely ‘jury rigs’ the evil of the heart to produce moral behavior out of self-interest. It is only a matter of time before such a thin tissue collapses.” Tim Keller

11/2013: “So if you are disrespectful toward others with your speech, don’t start by trying to listen to the person in front of you who drives you crazy. Start with meekness before God. Your problem is not poor interpersonal skills; it is arrogance before God himself.” Ed Welch, Quick to Listen

10/2013: “To enact a vision of human flourishing based on the qualities of life that Jesus modeled will invariably challenge the given structures of the social order. In this light, there is no true leadership without putting at risk one’s time, wealth, reputation, and position.” James Davison Hunter, To Change the World

9/2013: “Over the epitaph of this generation it will say ENTERTAINED TO DEATH.” Paul Washer

8/2013: “There is a great difference between realizing, ‘On that Cross He was crucified for me,’ and ‘On that Cross I am crucified with Him.’ The one aspect brings us deliverance from sin’s condemnation, the other from sin’s power.” John Gregory Mantle

7/2013: “Most middle class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship. As a result, their meanings and values are distorted. Their relationships disintegrate faster than they can keep them in repair and their lifestyles resemble a cast of characters in search of a plot.” Gordon Dahl

6/2013: “In the Word we hear God’s voice, in the sacrament we have his kiss.” Thomas Watson

5/2013: “Alas! there are thousands in the world that make a Christ of their works; and here is their undoing. They look for righteousness and acceptation more in the precept than in the promise, in the law than in the gospel, in working than in believing; and so miscarry.” Edward Fisher, The Marrow of Modern Divinity, 106.

4/2013: “Work is not, primarily, a thing one does to live, but the thing one lives to do. It is, or should be, the full expression of the worker’s faculties, the thing in which he finds spiritual, mental, and bodily satisfaction, and the medium in which he offers himself to God.” Dorothy Sayers

3/3013: “We should be suspicious when God’s call conforms so neatly to our own inclinations.” Christian Wiman, editor of Poetry magazine

2/2013: “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt

1/2013: “If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain

12/2012: “What you do when you don’t have to, determines what you will be when you can no longer help it.” Rudyard Kipling

11/2012: “A Christian man is the most free lord of all, and subject to none; a Christian man is the most dutiful servant of all, and subject to everyone.” Martin Luther

10/2012: “If a wicked man seems to have peace at death, it is not from the knowledge of his happiness, but from the ignorance of his danger.” Thomas Watson

9/2012: “The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult, and left untried.” G.K. Chesterton

8/2012: “The conscience is a valuable asset, but you can’t get to any place good from there. The conscience must give way to a new way of seeing. We call this faith, and it is different in every way. One looks inward for truth, the other looks outward. One sees judgment, the other tender mercies. One sees us naked and alone before the judge, the other sees Jesus.” Ed Welch

7/2012: “God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” Mother Teresa

6/2012: “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones. And when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.” Victor Hugo

5/2012: “The will of God will not take you where the grace of God cannot keep you.” Anonymous

4/2012: “In a world where the dead have returned to life, the word ‘trouble’ loses much of its meaning.” Dennis Hopper

3/2012: “The jewels of spiritual service are always quarried in the depths of spiritual experience. Never is this more true than in revival. Bend the church and save the people.” Sinclair Ferguson, Man Overboard!, 76

2/2012: “The greatest honor to God is to know him and become like him. Nothing is like God, but what is most pleasing to him is that we become like him as much as possible.” Sentences of Sextus, 44-45

1/2012: “The peace of God is first and foremost peace with God; it is the state of affairs in which God, instead of being against us, is for us. No account of God’s peace which does not start here can do other than mislead.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God, 196

12/2011: “I have believed in the Son of God…for he alone is the end of salvation, and the basis of immortal life; for he is a refuge to the tempest-tossed, a solace to the afflicted, a shelter to the despairing.” Thecla (early Christian)

11/2011: “God works powerfully, but for the most part gently and gradually.” John Newton

10/2011: “Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!” George Whitefield

9/2011: “We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.” C.S. Lewis

8/2011: “Whatever a person may be like, we must still love them because we love God.” John Calvin

7/2011: “To be in Christ is the source of the Christian’s life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy.” Charles Hodge

6/2011: “Prayer is the breath of the new creature.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Richard Baxter

5/2011: “Relativism no longer means: your claim to truth is no more valid than mine; but now means: you may not claim to speak the truth.” John Piper

4/2011: “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”  Oswald Chambers

3/2011: “The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me,’ or ‘Help me.’”  Billy Graham

2/2011: “Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”  Francis Schaeffer

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