"God does not ask about our ability or our inability, but our availability." - Anonymous
"It is not my ability, but my response to God's ability, that counts." - Corrie ten Boom
"Anybody can do their best, but we are helped by the Spirit of God to do better than our best." - Catherine Bramwell Booth
"There is a great deal of unmapped country within us." - George Eliot
"Alas for those who never sing, but die with all their music in them." - Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
"No talent can survive the blight of neglect" - Edgar A. Whitney
"The real tragedy in life is not in being limited to one talent, but in the failure to use the one talent." - Edgar W. Work
"Accept surprises that upset your plans, shatter your dreams, give a completely different turn to your day and who knows? - to your life. Leave the Father free Himself to weave the pattern of your days." - Dam Helder Camara
"Acceptance says, True, this is my situation at the moment. I'll look unblinkingly at the reality of it. But I'll also open my hands to accept willingly whatever the loving Father sends." - Catherine Wood Marshall
"God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other." (Karl Paul) Reinhold Niebuhr
A man from Norfolk , VA called a local radio station to share this on Sept 11th, 2003 TWO YEARS AFTER THE TRAGEDIES OF 9/11/2001. His name was Robert Matthews. These are his words:
A few weeks before Sept. 11th, my wife and I found out we were going to have our first child. She planned a trip out to California to visit her sister. On our way to the airport, we prayed that God would grant my wife a safe trip and be with her. Shortly after I said 'amen,' we both heard a loud pop and the car shook violently. We had blown out a tire. I replaced the tire as quickly as I could, but we still missed her flight. Both very upset, we drove home.
I received a call from my father who was retired NYFD. He asked what my wife's flight number was, but I explained that we missed the flight. My father informed me that her flight was the one that crashed into the southern tower. I was too shocked to speak. My father also had more news for me; he was going to help. He said, “This is not something I can't just sit by for; I have to do something.”
I was concerned for his safety, of course, but more because he had never given his life to Christ. After a brief debate, I knew his mind was made up. Before he got off of the phone, he said, “Take good care of my grandchild.” Those were the last words I ever heard my father say; he died while helping in the rescue effort.
My joy that my prayer of safety for my wife had been answered quickly became anger. I was angry at God, at my father, and at myself. I had gone for nearly two years blaming God for taking my father away. My son would never know his grandfather, my father had never accepted Christ, and I never got to say good-bye.
Then something happened. About two months ago, I was sitting at home with my wife and my son, when there was a knock on the door. I looked at my wife, but I could tell she wasn't expecting anyone. I opened the door to a couple with a small child.
The man looked at me and asked if my father's name was Jake Matthews. I told him it was. He quickly grabbed my hand and said, “I never got the chance to meet your father, but it is an honor to meet his son.”
He explained to me that his wife had worked in the World Trade Center and had been caught inside after the attack. She was pregnant and had been caught under debris. He then explained that my father had been the one to find his wife and free her.
My eyes welled up with tears as I thought of my father giving his life for people like this. He then said, “there is something else you need to know.” His wife then told me that as my father worked to free her, she talked to him and led him to Christ. I began sobbing at the news.
When their baby boy was born, they named him Jacob Matthew, in honor of the man who gave his life so that a mother and baby could live.
I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand. - Ancient Chinese Proverb
"When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the Devil's leavings." - Alexander Pope
Great Truths That Adults Have Learned:
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge . . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
Great Truths About Growing Old:
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
The Four Stages of Life:
1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.
“Testimony to the grace and faithfulness of God is valuable at any period of life and in any circumstances. But it is especially meaningful at the end of life when death threatens. To stand at that point and look back over a long life in which God has neither left you nor forsaken you and praise Him for it – that is a great testimony. It is one of the chief opportunities of old age.” – James Montgomery Boice.
Decatur's Law states, "My country, right or wrong." This the popular, patriotic, telegraphed version of the toast that Commodore Stephen Decatur given at a dinner in his honor in April 1816, in Norfolk, Virginia. The fuller version is "Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country; right or wrong." John Quincy Adams later added an amendment, ". . . may our country always be successful, but whether successful or otherwise, always right (letter, 8/1/1816)." Carls Schurz added another amendment, "Our country, right or wrong. When right, to be kept right. When wrong, to be put right (speech, 10/17/1899)." The final word came from G.K. Chesterton in a disclaimer, "'My country, right or wrong.' is a thing no partiot would think of saying except in a deperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober.' (Defense of Patriotism in The Defendant, 1901)."
"In 1778 George Washington wrote a letter to a fellow patriot, Thomas Nelson Jr., in which he marveled at how much God was helping the American cause: “The hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this [the colonies’ victories in the American war for Independence], that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.” In other words, God has helped us so much that anyone who can’t see that and can’t thank Him must be worse than an unbeliever." - Dr. D. James Kennedy, What If America Were A Christian Nation Again?
Only the divine hand of God preserved America from Spanish discovery. Columbus’ ship was headed directly toward the Carolinas, but during the long voyage, the frightened, restless crew threatened mutiny. They planned to throw Columbus overboard and return to Europe. Suddenly the dry went up that land had been sighted to the southwest. Columbus’ log tells us that they headed towards that land, but what they had seen was merely a cloud on the horizon. Several days later, however, the men were once again ready to overthrow Columbus. Oddly enough, a flock of birds flew over the ship, heading southwest. A second correction was made, diverting the ship from what would have been North Florida; thus Columbus landed in San Salvador (in the Bahamas). For all of his faults, Columbus was motivated by the Lord to make his historic, death-defying voyage. Nonetheless, the colonies the Spanish settled turned out much different from the colonies settled by the Puritans and Pilgrims from England. And to think, if it had not been for the flight of some birds, America would probably have the same culture as that of South and Central America today.
Only the divine hand of God preserved America from French invasion and takeover. In 1606, fourteen years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, the French made an effort to colonize New England. Under the leadership of Pierre DeMonts, they made three attempts. On the first two their ships were driven from the coast by strong winds, while on the third attempt the chips were destroyed on the treacherous shoals of Cape Cod, and DeMonts was killed. In 1746 the French swept down from Nova Scotia undet the leadership of Duke D’Anville, with forty men-of-war and thousands of French troops, determined to completely wipe out the English colonists and make New England a French possession. Receiving intelligence of this coming attack, Reverend Mr. Price in the Old South Church in Boston stood up before the congregation and called for a day of fasting and prayer so God would intervene. As he prayed, the shutters of the church suddenly began to rattle, startling the whole congregation. He stopped praying and realized what a strong wind had begun to blow. So he returned to more earnest prayer. Gradually the wind picked up until it became a raging gale. The Duke D’Anville was not only routed, his fleet was destroyed. Thousands of troops were drowned, and the Duke and his leading general committed suicide.
"Time and again, before and during the War for Independence, God seemed to act on America’s behalf. For example, He repeatedly spared the life of the military general who led us to victory, George Washington. Once, in 1755, during the French and Indian Wars, when he was in his early twenties, Washington survived a massacre of sorts outside Pittsburgh by the banks of the Monongahela River. An Indian who lay in concealment leaped up and fired at Washington when he was only three or four paces away. Yet the Indian missed the general. Another Indian shot fifteen bullets at Washington and missed him fifteen times. During the same encounter, Washington had two horses shot out from under him. He had four bullet holes in his coat." Dr. D. James Kennedy, What If America Werre A Christian Nation Again?
"And then came the famous incident at Brooklyn Heights in 1776, when the British army surrounded Washington’s army on land while the British fleet lay offshore. There was no way of escape; the following morning they would be destroyed. Washington determined to try to slip his army away during the night on every rowboat and sloop that he could muster. His officers told him they would be seen from the British frigates and destroyed, but Washington resolved to go ahead. As they started to embark, a fog rolled in from sea, totally concealing them. When the fog lifted in the morning, the British were astounded to find that the American Army had completely disappeared . . . Even more amazing is the fact that a woman in Brooklyn who was a British sympathizer discovered Washington’s plan and hastily sent her servant to reveal it to the British. But by the providence of God, the servant rushed into the Hessian lines. These Hessians, German mercenaries hired by the British, could not understand one word the servant spoke. They kept him until the morning when they had an interpreter who told them, too late, what Washington was going to do – and by this time had already done." - Dr. D. James Kennedy, What If America Were A Christian Nation Again
God's hand of providence preserved the Pilgrims during the voyage, and after they arrived. The Mayflower itself was a wine cargo boat. The wine had penetrated much into the interior of the ship, which prevented many diseases from afflicting the Pilgrims and strangers on that historic voyage in 1620. The new world was covered with savage Indians. One of the fiercest of those tribes dwelt near Plymouth and would have most assuredly slaughtered the Pilgrims only days after their arrival. However, three years before their arrival, a pestilence destroyed all the Indians, leaving nothing but the corn they had stored up for winter, the same corn that saved the Pilgrims from utter extinction during the first winter.
"During the Pilgrim’s maiden voyage in 1620, the Mayflower encountered a fierce storm in which one of her main beams was cracked. It just so happened that their teaching Elder, William Brewster, had lugged his own printing press on board and its “great iron screw” was able to raise the damaged beam back to its original position. There would not have been a Plymouth landing had it not been for a preacher’s burden to print Bibles and spiritual literature.” – Dr. William Grady, What Hath God Wrought (p. 31)
"No person is able to bear the weight of yesterday's resentment and tomorrow's problems." - Dr. Ronnie Simpson, Twelve Lessons on Christian Counseling
"Anyone can become angry, but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - this is not easy." - Aristotle
"What will finally destroy us is not communism or facism, but man acting like God." - Malcolm Muggeridge
“In his later years, the apostle Paul spent more time in preparing the churches for the great future apostasy than in pushing the work farther on.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, pp. 188-189
“While John lived, heresy could make no serious headway. He had hardly passed away, however, before perverse teachers infested the Christian Church. The doom of heathenism, as a controlling force before the superior truths of Christianity, was soon foreseen by all. These years were times which saw the New Testament books corrupted in abundance. – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, p. 190
“God is as near to His creatures as the ear to the mouth.” - Rabbinic Saying
“Human beings can hardly hear two people talking at once, but God, if all the world calls to Him at one time, hears their cry.” - Rabbinic Saying
“A man is annoyed by being worried by the requests of his friends, but with God, all the time man puts his needs and requests before Him, God loves him all the more.” - Rabbinic Saying
How tedious and tasteless the hours
when Jesus no longer I see!
Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flowers,
Have all lost their sweetness to me;
The midsummer sun shines but dim,
the fields strive in vain to look gay;
But when I am happy in Him,
December’s as pleasant as May.
– John Newton
"The Bible is to the theologian what nature is to the scientist, a body of unorganized, or only partly organized facts. God has not seen fit to write the Bible in the form of a systematic theology; it remains for us, therefore, to gather together the scattered facts and to build them up into a logical system." - Henry Clarence Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology
"When we recall that only a very small percentage of books survive more than a quarter of a century, that a much smaller percentage last for a century, and that only a very small number live a thousand years, we at once realize that the Bible is a unique book. An when in addition to this we remember the circumstances under which the Bible has survived, that fact becomes very startling . . . Neither imperial edict nor ecclesiastical restraints have succeeded in exterminating the Bible. The greater the efforts put forth to accomplish such a destruction the greater thas been the circulation of the Bible. The latest attempt to rob the Bible of its authority is the effort to degrade it to the level of all the other ancient religious books. If the Bible must be in circulation, then it has to be shown that it does not possess supernatural authority. But the Bible continues to have supernatural power, and it is being read by millions of believers around the world and being translated into hundreds of languages. The fact of the indestructability of the Bible strongly suggests that it is the embodiment of a divine revelation." - Henry Clarence Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology
"There cannot be such a thing as a silent Christian. If he is silent he is not a Christian. If he is a Christian he is not silent." - Sanford C. Mills, A Hebrew Christian Looks at Romans
“There are two kinds of beauty; there is a beauty which God gives at birth, and which withers as a flower. And there is a beauty which God grants when by His grace men are born again. That kind of beauty never vanishes but blooms eternally.” - Abraham Kuyper
Count Fulk the Black – “Fulk the Black’s catalog of crimes was a long one. He expected a heavy sentence and that was what he got. He is said to have fainted when it was passed. Shackled, he was condemned to a triple Jerusalem pilgrimage: across most of France and Savoy, over the Alps, through the Papal states, Carinthia, Hungary, Bosnia, mountainous Serbia, Bulgaria, Constantinople, and the length of mountainous Anatolia, then down through modern Syria and Jordan to the holy city. In irons, his feet bleeding, he made this round trip three times – 15,300 miles – and the last time he was dragged through the streets on a hurdle while two well muscled men lashed his naked back with bullwhips.” - William Manchester, A World Lit Only By Fire
“Torture was in several cases used to force witnesses to testify, or to induce a confessing heretic to name other heretics. It took the form of flogging, burning, the rack, or solitary imprisonment in dark and narrow dungeons. The feet of the accused might be slowly roasted over burning coals; or he might be bound upon a triangular frame, and have his arms and legs pulled by cords wound on a windlass. Sometimes the diet of the imprisoned man was restricted to weaken his body and will and render him susceptible to such psychological torture as alternate promises of mercy or threats of death.” – Will Durant, The Story of Civilization
"Most people won't change until the pain of where they are exceeds the pain of change." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
“The change of one word in the Constitution of the United States, at least the transposition of two, could vitally affect thousands of people, millions of dollars, and many millions of acres of land. It took centuries of training to place within that document a combination of words which cannot be tampered with, without catastrophic results. It represents the mentality of a great people, and to change it would bring chaos into their well-ordered life.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, p. 301
"When it comes to rearing children, every society is only twenty years away from barbarism. Twenty years is all we have to accomplish the task of civilizing the infants who are born into the midst of each year. These savages know noting of our language, our culture, our religion, our values, our customs of interpersonal relations. The infant is totally ignorant about communism, facism, democracy, civil liberties, the rights of the minority as contrasted with the pejoratives of the majority, respect, decency, customs, conventions, and manners. The barbarian must be tamed, if civilization is to survive." - Dr. Albert Siegel, The Standard Observer
"Every baby starts life as a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it; his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmates' toys, his uncle's watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He's dirty, he has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children, not just certain children, but all children are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free reign to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist." - The Minnesota Crime Commission
Vance Havner was a fan of the discipline style taught in the book of Proverbs. Havner introduced a message at the 1982 Moody Bible Insitute Founder's Week Conference with a poem that sums up the folly of our ignorance of Solomon's wisdom on the subject:
Junior bit the meter man
Junior kicked the cook,
He’s just anti-social now
According to the book.
Junior smashed the clock and lamp,
Junior hacked the tree;
Destructive trends are all explained
In chapters 2 and 3.
Junior threw his milk at mom,
Junior screamed for more;
Noters on self-assertiveness
Are found in chapter 4.
Junior tossed his shoes and socks
Out into the rain;
Aggression! Well, that’s normal
Disregard the stain.
Junior got in Grandpa’s room
Tore up his fishing line;
That’s to gain attention,
Chapters 8 and 9
Grandpa seized a slipper,
Yanked Junior ‘cross his knee;
For Gandpa hadn’t read a book
Great Truths Learned By Children:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white pants.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.
“I find my Lord in the Book, wherever I chance to look. He's the theme of the Bible, the center and heart of the Book. He's the Rose of Sharon, the Lily fair. Wherever I open my Bible, the Lord of the Book is there. He, at the Book's beginning, gave to the earth its form. He is the ark of shelter bearing the brunt of the storm. He is the burning bush of the desert, the budding of Aaron's rod. Wherever I look in the Bible, I see the Son of God. The ram upon Mount Moriah, the ladder from earth to sky, the scarlet cord in the window and the serpent lifted high. The smitten rock in the desert, the shepherd with staff and crook, the face of my Lord I discover wherever I open the Book. He is the seed of the woman, the Savior virgin-born. He is the Son of David whom men rejected with scorn. His garments of grace and of beauty, the stately Aaron deck, yet He is a priest forever, for He is Melchizedek. Lord of eternal glory whom John the apostle saw, light of the golden city, lamb without spot or flaw. Bridegroom coming at midnight for whom the virgins look; wherever I open my Bible, I find my Lord in the Book.” – Author Unknown
“As a baby and as a boy, as a teenager and in the prime of life, at home, at school, at work, at play, as a son and as a brother, as a neighbor and as a friend, as a village carpenter, as a itinerant preacher, in secret and in public, when surrounded by family and friends and when confronted by formidable foes – at all times, in all places, in all ways, He kept the law of God.” – John Phillips
“Just what is a Christian in Scripture. He is a person who had been born again. He is one who has been baptized scripturally after he has accepted Christ as Lord and Savior. He is one who has been separated from worldly habits and lusts. He is one who has been living and witnessing daily for his Lord. He is one who, in whatever phase of life he finds himself, serves the Lord as a act of worship.” – Sanford C. Mills, A Hebrew Christian Looks At Romans
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it’s been found difficult and not tried.” - G.K. Chesterton
"A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge." - A.W. Tozer, The Root of Righteousness
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the great Christmas song I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Henry was a Harvard professor of literature and was successful in life until the Civil War shook his world. In 1861 his wife tragically died when her dress caught on fire. That same year the Civil War broke out, tearing the nation to shreds. Two years later, during the fiercest time of the conflict, Henry’s son Charley hopped aboard a train to join President Lincoln’s army. Charley was shot in the shoulder and the bullet grazed his spinal cord leaving him almost completely paralyzed. Henry sat by his son’s bed for weeks nursing him back to health. On Christmas day 1863, he vented his feelings in this carol that can only be understood on the backdrop of war.
To add a context to the situation that Elizabeth and Zacharias were in, John Phillips wrote the following to reveal the contrast of Herod and Zacharias: “Could the contrast be greater – the one a monster of iniquity, the other man of integrity? It is the skilled touch of the artist to put two such men in the same sentence. One of these men was a vicious prince; the other was a virtuous priest. One was a man of extraordinary talent, drive and wickedness; the other was a retiring and godly old man. One of them hated God; the other loved Him. One was a man who murdered his sons, his own favorite wife, and countless other victims as well; the other was a gentle minister of the sanctuary. One was an Idumean, a descendant of Esau; the other was a Jew, a descendant of Jacob, Esau’s twin. One was a foreign-born usurper; the other was a native born citizen of Israel. One was a member of an alien and hostile race; the other was a Levite, the tribe that furnished Israel with its priests. One man gave Israel a scorpion’s nest of sons to plague and torment them, the other gave Israel a son, set apart from birth to become the God-sent herald of the Messiah.”
"Some people go to church three times in their lives: when they're born, when they're married and when they die - hatched, matched and dispatched. The first time they throw water, the second time rice, and the third time dirt." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"Growing churches love, and loving churches grow." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"Your Absence from church is a vote to close its doors." - Dr. R.G. Lee (paraphrased)
"The absence of church discipline is no longer remarkable—it is generally not even noticed. Regulative and restorative church discipline is, to many church members, no longer a meaningful category, or even a memory. The present generation of both ministers and church members is virtually without experience of biblical church discipline . . . And yet, without a recovery of functional church discipline—firmly established upon the principles revealed in the Bible—the church will continue its slide into moral dissolution and relativism." - Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Article, Church Discipline: the Missing Mark
“What is pure is corrupted much more quickly than what is corrupt is purified.” – John Cassian (A.D. 360-435)
"It has been remarked, that when discipline leaves a church, Christ goes with it." - John Leadley Dagg
“To an antebellum Baptist, a church without discipline would hardly have counted as a church.” - Historian, Gregory A. Wills
"Naturalistic reductionism has invited us to reduce alleged individual sins to social influences for which individuals are not responsible. Narcissistic hedonism has demeaned any talk of sin or confession as ungratifying and dysfunctional. Autonomous individualism has divorced sin from a caring community.Absolute relativism has regarded moral values as so ambiguous that there is no measuring rod against which to assess anything as sin. Thus modernity, which is characterized by the confluence of these four ideological streams, has presumed to do away with confession, and has in fact made confession an embarrassment to the accommodating church of modernity." - Thomas Oden
"We have in the last generation tried to push shame aside. The human-potential and recovered-memory movements in psychology; the moral relativism of audience-driven Christianity; the penalty-free, all-ideas-are-equally-good transformation in higher education; the rise of no-fault behavior before the law; the often outrageous distortions in the telling of history so that certain groups can feel better about themselves; and the 'I’m shame-free, but you should be ashamed of yourself' tone of political discourse are just some of the instances wherein this can be seen." - James Twitchell
Grumblers by Thoro Harris
In country, town or city, some people can be found
Who spend their lives in grumbling at everything around;
O yes, they always grumble, no matter what we say,
For these are chronic grumblers, and they grumble night and day.
They grumble in the city, they grumble on the farm,
They grumble at their neighbors, they think it is no harm;
They grumble at their husbands, they grumble at their wives,
They grumble at their children, but the grumbler never thrives.
They grumble when it’s raining, they grumble when it’s dry,
And if the crops are failing, they grumble and they sigh.
They grumble at the prices and grumble when they’re high,
They grumble the year around, and they grumble till they die.
O they grumble on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
They grumble on Thursday too,
Grumble on Friday, Saturday, Sunday,
They grumble the whole week thru.
"A deal in which two people get what neither of them wanted." - Mary Winchester
"A man who trims himself to suit everybody will soon whittle himself away." - Charles Schwab
“Enough is always a little more than a man has.” – Source Unknown
“If a man wants a high-quality woman, there is only one way to attract her: HE MUST BECOME A HIGH-QUALITY MAN.
That means he must devote his full energies to swimming upstream against society. He must make it his unwavering pain to grow – against pressure – in those qualities that will arm him for the rigors of true manhood. He must eschew the past times that weaken men. He must avoid the addictions that eat away at men's minds, blacken their consciences and destroyed their confidence. He must stoke the flames of ambition in his life. He must aim high, and equip himself to become an able leader of a strong, capable woman.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
"Tardiness also drives me crazy. I should overlook it, but, somehow, I see it as an insult. Your time is more valuable than mine? I have to wait for you? Of course, things happen, and I am fine with valid reasons for delay. However, to be late just because you can eliminates you from my dance card . . . When I interviewd Senator Hillary Clinton in late April 2008, she was forty-five minutes late. Her Secret Service guys told me she is almost always tardy. Of course, I was being well paid to wait for the Senator, but I noted the situation. By the way, when Hillary finally showed up, she didn't mention being late. Interesting." - Bill O'Reilly, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Hayden Planetarium in New York City ran an advertisement in the New York newspapers inviting those who would like to make the first journey to another planet to submit an application. Within a matter of days, over 18,000 people applied. These applications were then given to a panel of psychologists, who upon reviewing them concluded that the vast majority of those who had applied wanted to start a new life on another planet because they were so discouraged by life on this one.
It was Spring,
But it was Summer I wanted,
The warm days,
And the great outdoors.
It was summer,
But it was fall I wanted,
The colorful leaves,
And the cool dry air.
It was Fall,
But it was Winter I wanted,
The beautiful snow,
And the joy of the holiday season.
It was Winter,
But it was Spring I wanted,
And the blossoming of nature.
I was a child,
But it was adulthood I wanted.
And the respect.
I was 20,
But it was 30 I wanted,
To be mature,
I was middle-aged,
But it was 20 I wanted,
And the free spirit.
I was retired,
But it was middle-age I wanted,
The presence of mind,
My life was over.
But I never got what I wanted.
- Jason Lehman, "Dear Abby" colimn, Feb. 14, 1989
Blind But Happy
O what a happy soul am I!
Although I cannot see,
I am resolved that in this world
Contented I will be;
How many blessings I enjoy
That other people don’t!
To weep and sigh because I’m blind,
I cannot, and I won’t.
- Fanny Crosby, blind songwriter
"We must welcome the night. It’s the only time the stars shine." – Michel Quoist
"The stars are constantly shining, but often we do not see them until the dark hours.” – Earl Riney
"The Darket hour is just before the dawn." - Unknown
"What an argument for the truth of religion, - what an illustration of its sustaining power, - what a source of comfort to those who are about to die, - to reflect that religion does not leave the believer when he most needs its support and consolation; that it can sustain us in the severest trial of our condition here; that it can illuminate what seems to us of all places most dark, cheerless, dismal, repulsive - 'the valley of the shadow of death.'" - Albert Barnes
"They shall not die prematurely; they shall be immortal till their work is done; and when their time shall come to die then their deaths shall be precious." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David
"Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying." - Martin Luther
"If you knew what you would die of, you would die of fear; if you knew why you were dying, you would die of joy." - Martin Luther
"Beware of the sound of one hand clapping." - Fundamental Rule of Academic Debate
"Before any great achievement, some measure of the same depression is usual . . . Such was my experience when I first became a pastor in London. My success appalled me; and the thought of the career which it seemed to open up, so far from elating me, cast me into the lowest depth, out of which I uttered my miserere and found no room for gloria in excelsis. Who was I that I should continue to lead such a great multitude? I would betake me to my village obscurity, or immigrate to America, and find a solitary nest in the backwoods, where I might be sufficient for the things that would be demanded of me. It was just then the curtain was rising on my lifework . . . This depression comes over me whenever the Lord is preparing a larger blessing for my ministry." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
The list of Bible characters that have paid the price for the use of alcohol is convincing: Noah was sexually abused by his own son ham because of wine, Lot committed incest with his own daughters because of wine, Uriah was deceived and murdered because of wine, Belshazzar faced the judgment of God because of wine.
“The drunken man is a living corpse.” – St. John Chrysostom
The absolute most costly two servings of alcohol our country ever paid for was when John Wilkes Booth exited Ford’s Theater to get a drink, for the purpose of calming his nerves, right before he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. History reports that President Lincoln’s body guard had abandoned his post in the presidential booth to go to the same bar and sneak a drink himself. Booth and the body guard passed each other on that night, just before Lincoln was shot in the back of the head. Lincoln’s next task was to end the use of alcohol in the United States, but he did not live to accomplish it.
“While the wine is in thy hand, thou art a man; when it is in thine head, thou art become a beast.” – Thomas Adams
“Shame poverty, terrorism, and savage beatings are part of the misery experienced by the drunkard’s wife and children.” – John Phillips
An automobile insurance company advertised the following articale about probelm drinking. In October he was arrested for speeding. The following August he was arrested for reckless driving. The next July he was arrested for driving with a suspended license. Two months later he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Two months after that he was arrested for driving while is license was suspended. Three years later he was arrested for drunk driving. Four months later his license was again suspended. Six months later he was arrested for reckless driving. The next year he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Two months later he was again arrested for the same offence, and again had his license suspended. Nine months later he was arrested for reckless driving. Two months later he was arrested for speeding. Four months later he was again arrested for reckless driving.
Nearly half of the Americans aged 16 to 21 who are killed in traffic accidents are legally intoxicated.
“No man ever drank lard into his tub, nor flour into his sack, nor meal into his barrel, nor happiness into his home, nor God into his heart.” – Benjamin Franklin
20% of freezing deaths in the country are due to alcohol. 25% of choking deaths in the country are related to alcohol. 50% of deaths from falls are due to alcohol. 52% of fire deaths in the country are due to alcohol. 60% of suicides are related to alcohol. 64% of murders are related to alcohol. 69% of drownings are connected to alcohol. 76% of aircraft deaths can be traced to alcohol. 72% of robberies and assaults are related to alcohol. 60% of rapes are related to alcohol. 80% of criminal court cases involve the use of alcohol.
“Drunkenness is the ruin of a person. It is premature old age. It is temporary death.” – St. Basil the Great
“Alcohol does not drown care, but waters it and makes it grow faster.” – Benjamin Franklin
Time magazine showed the deterioration of a person’s handwriting as his alcohol consumption increased at a party: The drunk was asked to write, “I can drink when I drive,” in plain, legible handwriting. He wrote the same statement two drinks later, four drinks later, and five drinks later; his handwriting became progressively more difficult to read. After a total of seven drinks he scrawled illegibly. The conclusion was when you drink you can’t even handle a pen, let alone a car.
A Dr. Douglas, founder of the Quebec Marine Hospital came to the following conclusion after multiple autopsies on the corpses of drunkards: “The very moment it [alcohol] enters the stomach it more or less brings disorder, ruin and death, according to the quantity taken. The stomach refuses to take it, and makes a supreme effort to violently throw it out, either through the mouth, or by indignantly pushing it to the brain or into the numberless tubes by which it discharges its contents to the surface through all the tissues. But will alcohol be welcome in any of these tubes and marvelous canals, or in any part or tissue of the body it will visit on its passage to the surface? No! Look here with your microscope and you will see with your own eyes that everywhere alcohol has gone in the body there has been a hand-to-hand struggle and a bloody battle fought to get rid of it . . . By a most extraordinary working of nature – or rather by the order of God – every vein and artery through which alcohol has to pass suddenly contracts, as if to prevent its passage or choke it as a deadly foe.”
“First a man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes the man.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“Drunkenness has drained more blood, hung more crepes, sold more homes, plunged more people into bankruptcy, armed more villains, slain more children, snapped more wedding rings, defiled more innocence, blinded more eyes, twisted more limbs, dethroned more reason, wrecked more manhood, dishonored more womanhood, broken more hearts, driven more to suicide and dug more graves than any other poisonous scourge that ever swept its death-dealing waves across the world.” – Evangeline Cory Booth
“A victim of a drunkard ought to be able to sue, not only the drunkard, but also the tavern or liquor store that sold him the alcoholic beverage; the brewery, distillery, or winery that made the beverage; and the media and advertizing agencies that promoted its consumption.” – John Phillips
"God makes choices. So do we. The Holy Spirit makes perfectly clear that divine election is based solidly on God's foreknowledge. Our lives are conditioned by the fact that we live in a space, time, and matter universe. We express our mode of being in three tenses of time - 'I was, I am, I will be.' God is not thus confined. He lives and moves and has His being in eternity. He expresses His mode of being, however, as existing in the eternal present tense - 'I AM' (Exo. 3:14) . . . God gathers all time into the present tense. Thus, the exact moment we choose Christ is the exact moment He chooses us. As far as God is concerned, the two acts are simultaneous . . . We cannot say that God has endowed us with a will and then say that we cannot exercise our will in relation to our decision for Christ. God created people, not puppets, and people have wills of their own." - John Phillips, Exploring I, II Thessalonians
“The purest flower in God's garden is the tulip – T for total depravity, U for unconditional election, L for limited atonement, I for irresistible grace, and P for perseverance of the saints. The favorite flower of our Arminian friends is the daisy, because the semi-Pelagian never knows for sure. He pulls the petals of the daisy one at a time, saying, ‘He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. He loves me not.’ Such thinking cannot provide hope about our eternal destiny, but when we know the truth of election and the efficacy of God's calling and our soul, the matter is settled, and we begin to bring forth fruit in season, beating, as the psalmist said, ‘like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season (Psa.1:3).’” – R.C. Sproul, St. Andrew’s Expository Commentary, II Peter
If we do only what is required of us we are slaves, the moment we do more we are free. - Cicero
May those that love us, love us;
and those that don’t love us,
may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
May He turn their ankles
so we’ll know them by their limping.
- Irish Proverb
“Devotion to error can never produce true righteousness.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, p. 180
"Certainty is our clear perception of the clearly revealed facts. Probability is our dimmer perception of the less clearly revealed facts. Error is the sinful rejection of the facts, and especially of God's revelation of Himself in and through the facts." - Dr. Edward F. Hills, The King James Version Defended
“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire
“Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.” - Horace Mann
Some wish to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop
Within a yard of Hell - Norman Grubb
“Success is moving from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Sir Winston Churchill
“. . . when we cannot do the good we would, we must be ready to do the good we can.” – Matthew Henry
"Our problem isn’t that we’ve failed. Our problem is that we haven’t failed enough." - Chuck Swindoll, Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication
“There is no doubt in my mind that there are many ways to be a winner, but there is really only one way to be a loser and that is to fail and not look beyond the failure.” – Kyle Rote Jr.
“People are training for success when they should be training for failure. Failure is far more common than success; poverty is more prevalent than wealth; and disappointment more normal than arrival.” – J. Wallace Hamilton
“The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake.” – Nelson Boswell
“The terrible truth is that all roads to achievement lead through the land of failure.” – John Maxwell, Failing Forward
"Failure isn't so bad if it doesn't attack the heart. Success is all right if it doesn't go to the head." - Grantland Rice
"He who cannot believe is cursed, for he reveals by his unbelief that God has not chosen to give him grace." - Blaise Pascal
"Faith on a full stomach may be simply contentment - but if you have [faith] when you're hungry, it's genuine." - Frank A. Clark
"Stupid things are always going to be done in families unless the wiser member learns to stand up to the forceful one." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"The end of the institution of marriage is necessary for the liberation of women. Therefore, it is important for us to encourage women to leave their husbands and not live individually with men. All of history must be rewritten in terms of oppression of women. We must go back to ancient female religions like witchcraft." – Direct Quote of the Feminist Agenda
"Since marriage constitutes slavery for women, it is clear that the Women's Movement must concentrate on attacking this institution. Freedom for women cannot be won without the abolition of marriage," – Sheila Cronan
Shirley MacLaine teaches that male is matter, matter is male, matter is evil, male is evil, feminine is spirit, spirit is feminine and that's good.
"By the year 2000 we will, I hope, raise our children to believe in human potential, not God." – Gloria Steinam
"Let's forget about the mythical Jesus and look for encouragement, solace, and inspiration from real women. Two thousand years of patriarchal rule under the shadow of the cross ought to be enough to turn women toward the feminist's salvation of the world," – Annie Laurie Gayler
“We are most like beasts when we kill. We are most like men when we judge. We are most like God when we forgive.” – William Arthur Ward
"Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.” – Archibald Hart
"When God created other wills in the universe besides His own, He sovereignly limited Himself, within certain parameters known and controlled only by Himself, and determined by the character, calling, and capacity of those created beings. All of the factors implied by such wills, including the possibility that they might be used in defiance of His will, were foreknown to Him. In other words, God has set up certain rules by and within which these other wills can operate. He has to respect those wills otherwise, in the case of the human race, for instance, He would not have created people, but puppets." - John Phillips, Exploring I, II Thessalonians
“God cannot give a creature a will of its own and, at the same time, withhold free will from that creature.” - John Phillips, Exploring I, II Thessalonians
"Give according to your means, or God will make your means according to your giving." - John Hall
Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The Joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and the lonely and sad,
The more of your heart’s possessions
Return to make you glad.
– John Greeleaf Whittier
On average 33% of church members give more than $500 annually, 33% of church members give less than $500 annually and 33% of church members give nothing annually.
The story of Dr. Will H. Houghton is a testament to genuine Christian living. He pastored the Calvary Baptist Church in New York City and later became the president of Chicago's Moody Bible Institute till his death in 1946. When Dr. Houghton became the pastor of the Baptist Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA. A curious man in the city hired a private detective to follow Dr. Houghton and report on his conduct. After several weeks the detective reported to the man that Dr. Houghton's lifestyle matched his preaching. As a result the man became a Christian.
“Entertain just notions of God; of his nature, power, will, justice, goodness, and truth. Do not conceive of him as being actuated by such passions as men; separate him in your hearts from every thing earthly, human, fickle, rigidly severe, or capriciously merciful. Consider that he can neither be like man, feel like man, nor act like man. Ascribe no human passions to him, for this would desecrate not sanctify him. Do not confine him in your conceptions to place, space, vacuity, heaven, or earth; endeavor to think worthily of the immensity and eternity of his nature, of his omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence.” – Adam Clarke
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." - Thomas Jefferson
"Friend, you cannot legislate the poor into freedom. And what one person received without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can't give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody. And when half of the people get the idea they don't have to work because the other half's going to take care of them, and when the other half get the idea it does no good to work because somebody's going to get what I work for. That, dear friend, is about the end of any nation." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
“Let all the world learn to give mortal men no greater power than they are content they shall use, for use it they will . . . It is . . . Most wholesome for magistrates and officers in church and commonwealth never to affect more liberty and authority than will do them good, and the people good; for whatever transcendent power is given will certainly overrun those that receive it . . . It is necessary, therefore, that all power that is on earth be limited church power or other.” – Rev. John Cotton, Chief Theologian of early Massachusetts
“The truth was that all men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree.” – James Madison
“Why has the government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” – Alexander Hamilton
Sam Duncanaan was a simple soul that liked to match concepts with a word of poetry and a picture to top it all off. When he was trying to illustrate the grace of God in word and image he used the following powem as his inspiration:
Have you on the Lord believed?
Still there’s more to follow.
Of His grace have you received?
Still there’s more to follow.
Oh, the grace the Father shows,
Still there’s more to follow;
Freely He His grace bestows,
Still there’s more to follow.
More and more and more and more,
Always more to follow;
Oh, His matchless, boundless love,
Still there’s more to follow!
His picture? A majestic photograph of Niagara Falls. He called the masterpiece appropriately "More to Follow."
"These days when I go to the beach, I see many young kids covered with garish tattoos and showing off pierced faces. What are their parents thinking? Someday, one of the beach kids might want to earn some decent money by working for the Factor. Let me be blunt: a dragon tattoo on your neck is not going to help in that quest. I remain a working-class guy by choice, but my staff has to present itself in a certain way, because we are dealing with some of the most powerful people on earth. Street smarts are great, but looking like you just got paroled from Sing Sing is not. Life is hard enough. Don't make it more difficult by cutting down your vocational opportunities because you want to look like Eminem. Okay?" - Bill O'Reilly - A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Guilt causes us to say strange things at strange times. A letter mailed to the IRS read, “Dear Sir: I haven’t been able to sleep because last year when I filled out my income tax report I deliberately misrepresented my income. I am enclosing a check for $150.” Then came the closing line, “If I still can’t sleep, I’ll send you the rest.”
"God is not some cosmic kill-joy. Every time He says, 'Thou shalt not,' He's simply saying, 'Don't hurt yourself.' And everytime He says, 'Thou shalt,' He's saying, 'Help yourself to happiness.'" - Dr. Adrian Rogers
Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed from the shoulders down when she dove into shallow water as a teenager. Since then she has had her heart set on heaven. She said, “I sill can hardly believe it. I, with shriveled, bent fingers, atrophied muscles, gnarled knees, and no feeling from the shoulders down, will one day have a new body, light, bright and clothed in righteousness – powerful and dazzling . . . It’s easy for me to be ‘joyful in hope,’ as it says in Rom. 12:12, and that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past twenty-odd years. My assurance of heaven is so alive that I’ve been making dates with friends to do all sorts of fun things when we get our new bodies . . . I don’t take these appointments lightly. I’m convinced these things will really happen.”
John Quincy Adams, who when asked late in life how he was doing replied, “John Quincy Adams is well, sir, very well. The house in which he has been living is dilapidated and old, and he has received word from its maker that he must vacate soon. But John Quincy Adams is well sir, very well.”
“Death is only a comma to a Christian – not a period.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“Christ is my inheritance; heaven is the safe deposit box.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“The Devil gives the best first and worst last, but the Lord saves the best for last.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
Think of –
Stepping on shore, and finding it Heaven!
Of taking hold of a hand, and finding it God’s hand.
Of breathing a new air, and finding it celestial air.
Of feeling invigorated, and finding it immortality.
Of passing from storm to tempest to an unknown calm.
Of waking up, and finding it Home.
- Hazel Felleman
“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
“Our duty as Christians is always to keep heaven in our eye and earth under our feet.” - Matthew Henry
“It is certain that all that will go to heaven hereafter begin their heaven now, and have their hearts there.” – Matthew Henry
“It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in: aim at earth and you will get neither.” – Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis
"Take all the pleasures of all the spheres, / And multiply each through endless years / One minute in heaven is worth them all." – Thomas V. Moore
“Heaven will chiefly consist in the enjoyment of God.” – William S. Plummer
“There are no crown-wearers in heaven that were not cross-bearers here below.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“There is properly no history; only biography.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The study of history is nothing more than the study of great men and women.” - Thomas Carlyle
"An inconsistent life cannot arrest the wanderer, or startle the sleeper into wide awakeness about his soul." - F.B. Meyer
"To attempt to improve the world's ways, while we profit by association with it, is vanity; the world will attach very little weight to such reproof and such testimony . . . It is vain to speak of approaching judgment while finding our place, our portion and our enjoyment in the very scene which is to be judged." - C.H. Mackintosh
"When the testimony of the life does not agree with the testimony of the lips the latter always goes unheeded." - W.H. Griffith Thomas
"He who shouts by the mile, but lives by the inch should be kicked by the foot." - Dr. Steve Ward
"Persons that are well affected to religion, that receive instructions of piety with pleasure and satisfaction, often wonder how it comes to pass that they make no greater progress in that religion which they so much admire. Now the reason of it is this: it is because religion lives only in their head, but something else has possession of their heart; and therefore they continue from year to year mere admirers and praisers of piety, without ever coming to the reality and perfection of its precepts." - William Law
“Oh, how foolish are we if we attempt to entertain two guests so hostile to one another as Christ and the Devil! Rest assured, Christ will not live in the parlour of our hearts if we entertain the devil in the cellar of our thoughts.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Great impressions can be made from a distance, but reality can only be tested up close.” - Howard Hendricks
“Be who you is, cause if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t.” - Howard Hein
“Religious belief is remarkably high – certainly, the highest of any developed nation in the world. At the same time, American religious life is characterized by a series of gaps. First, an ‘ethics gap’ exists between Americans’ expressed beliefs and the state of the society they shape. While religion is highly popular in America, it is to a large extent superficial; it does not change people’ lives to the degree one would expect from their level of professed faith. In ethical behavior, there is very little difference between the churched and the unchurched.” – Pollster, George Gallup
"O, what may man within him hide, Though angel on the outward side!" - William Shakespeare
Idolatry stands in the way of God’s provision. To the Hindu, for example, man is but the incarnation of a soul on its way to moksha, a kind of final emancipation. During his trip he goes through countless cycles of reincarnation in both animal and human form. He works his way up to a higher form by good deeds and regresses by sinning. Poverty, disease and starvation are seen as punishments, and the persons involved in sin must do penance in order to climb higher on the reincarnation ladder. Therefore, to help a person in poverty or sickness is to interfere with karma and do him/her spiritual harm. In India, cows are held to be sacred deities – of which Hinduism has 330 million. Cows are not to be eaten and they add to the food problem because they themselves eat 20% of India’s total food supply. Even rats and mice, which eat another 15% of the food supply, are not killed because they may be a reincarnated relative.
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn't matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up you had better be running." - African Parable
“Jesus Christ was born into the world. He came into history from outside of history. He did not evolve out of history. Our Lord’s birth was an advent. He did not come from the human race, He came into the human race from above. Jesus Christ is not just the best human being there ever was. He is a being who cannot be accounted for by the human race at all. He is God incarnate. Not man becoming God, but God coming into human flesh; coming into it from the outside. His life is the highest and the holiest and it entered into humanity through the lowest door.” – Oswald Chambers, Dec. 25th devotion
“The destiny of Israel can and will be reversed. Her return to the Lord not only is possible but certain. To be true to His own promise, His chosen people cannot continue forever in unbelief.” – Dr. John MacArthur
A Rabbi once failed to appear in his classroom and was therefore, paid a visit by his students to check on his welfare. When his students came in they found him on his bed in a dying condition, with tears rolling down his cheeks. A student said to him, “Rabbi, why weepest thou?” He replied, “I am about to come into the presence of the King of kings, blessed be His name. If I were to come into the presence of an earthly king, whose favor could be bought with price, whose wrath could be eased, who is on the throne today and in the grave tomorrow; even if I were to come into the presence of this kind of a king, it would be with fear and trembling. But I am about to come into the presence of the King of kings, blessed be His name, whose throne is eternal, whose favor cannot be bought with a price. He has set before me one path leading to Gan Edin [meaning Heaven in Judaism] and another to Gehennan [Hell]. Which path I am to tread I know not. If I am to come into the presence of this King of kings, should I not weep?”
The phrase “fill up” is often used in Scripture in relation to sin, wrath, and judgment when those have reached their full limit. It depicts a cup filled to the brim with sin, which becomes a cup of condemnation. The cup that is full of sin is full of punishment to the same level. When sin is full it brings wrath, which when full brings judgment, which when full brings eternal destruction.
Knowledge and human power are synonymous. - Francis Bacon
King James Version:
“The Jews cherished the highest awe and veneration for their sacred writings which they regarded as the ‘Oracles of God.’ They maintain that God had more care of the letters and syllables of the Law than the stars of heaven, and that upon each tittle of it, mountains of doctrine hung. For this reason every individual letter was numbered by them and account kept of how often it occurred. In the transcription of an authorized synagogue manuscript, rules were enforced of the minutest character. The copyist must write with a particular ink, only particular parchment. He must write in so many columns, of such a size, and containing just so many lines and words. No word to be written without previously looking at the original. The copy, when completed, must be examined and compared within 30 days; if four errors were found on one parchment, the examination went no farther – the whole was rejected. When worn out, the rolls were officially and solemnly burned lest the Scripture might fall and the profane hands or into fragments.” – David Otis Fuller, Which Bible?, pp. 112-113
B = Codex Vaticanus, Aleph = Codex Sinaiticus, D = Codex Bezae.
“Experience also determines issues. There are those among us now who would change the Constitution of the United States, saying: ‘Have we not met me and today who have a great intellect as Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and the others? Have we not much more light than they? Why must we be tied to what they taught?’ We will not deny that there are men now living as a brilliant as the founding fathers. But no man today ever went through the same experience as the framers of the Constitution. Those pioneers were yet witnesses of the vicious principles of the Dark Ages and their cruel results. They were called upon to suffer, to endure, to fight, that principles of a different nature might be established. Experience, not reading or philosophizing, had thoroughly wrought in them the glorious ideals incorporated in the fundamental document of the land.
Experience can throw some light also upon the relative value of Bible Versions. The King James Bible was translated when England was fighting her way out from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism; whereas, the Revised Version was born after fifty years (1833-1883) of terrific Romanizing campaigns, when one convulsion after another rocked the mental defenses of England and broke down the ascendancy of the Protestant mentality in that empire. The King James Version was born of the Reformation; the Revised Versions and some modern Bibles were born of higher criticism and Romanizing activities, as this treatise will show.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, pp. 179-180
“Barren rock, mountain solitude, and the lonely wilderness have all contributed their brave sons to defend the Word of God, and, if need be, to die that it might be kept unadulterated. He who hath chosen the weak things of this world to confound the mighty, would not permit man to be robbed of that simplicity of the Divine Word which made the untampered Scriptures a peculiar treasure.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible?, p. 312
“Since the Reformation, the Received Text, both in Hebrew and in Greek, has spread abroad throughout the world. Wherever it is accurately translated, regardless of whatever the language may be, it is this truly the Word of God as our own Authorized Bible. Nevertheless, in a remarkable way, God has honored the King James Version. It is the Bible of the 160,000,000 English-speaking people, whose tongue is spoken by more of the human race than any other. German and Russian are each the language of 100,000,000; while French is spoken by 70,000,000. The King James Version has been translated into many other languages. One writer claims 886. It is the book of the human race. It is the author of vastly more missionary enterprises than any other version. It is God's missionary Book.” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible? p. 317
“As the summer sun shines on a vacant lot and warms the soil, causing the hidden seeds to spring to life, covering the lot with weeds, so the law of God, shining on the human heart, causes the latent seeds of sin to germinate and reveal themselves.” – John Phillips, Exploring Romans
To illustrate the work of the Law of God to our church I invited two young people to the platform with me one Sunday night. I asked one of them to draw the straightest 11 inch line she could on a piece of paper. She did her very best. The other youngster was asked to draw a straight 11 inch line also, but this time I gave her a ruler that I had written the word"LAW" on to help. Of course her line was perfectly straight and exactly 11 inches long. When I held the two up and compared them it was clear that the line drawn with the assistance of the "law" was far better than the one freehanded. That's what the law does. It reveals how poor our work is.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who nether enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
"We need wise leadership today, but still more wise following. An army of captains and colonels never won a battle." - A.T. Roberson, Word Pictures in the New Testament, Vol. 4
Leprosy (Hansen's Disease):
Spongy, tumor like swellings would eventually grow on the face and body, and when it becomes systemic it spread to the organs as well, and also caused the bones to deteriorate. The immune system was broken down which caused the victim to become vulnerable to tuberculosis or other diseases.
“The disease which we today call leprosy generally begins with pain in certain areas of the body. Numbness follows. Soon the skin in such spots loses its original color. It gets to be thick, glossy, and scaly . . . As the sickness progresses, the thickened spots become dirty sores and ulcers due to the poor blood supply. The skin, especially around the eyes and ears, begins to bunch, with deep furrows between the swellings, so that the face of the afflicted individual begins to resemble that of a lion. Fingers drop off, or are absorbed; toes are affected similarly. Eyebrows and eyelashes drop out. By this time one can see the person in this pitiable condition is a leper. By a touch of the finger one can also feel it. One can even smell it, for the leper emits a very unpleasant odor. Moreover, in view of the fact that the disease-producing agent frequently also attacks the larynx, the lepers voice acquires a grating quality. His throat becomes hoarse, and you can now not only see, feel and smell the leper, but you can hear his rasping voice. And of you stay with him for some time, you can even imagine a peculiar taste in your mouth, probably due to the odor.” – L.S. Huizenga, Unclean! Unclean!
Hansen’s Disease primarily acts as an anesthetic, numbing the pain cells of the hands, feet, nose, ears and eyes. Most diseases are feared because of their pain, but not so with HD. The numbing quality is the reason the disease is so dreadful. For thousands of years people thought that the disease was what caused the ulcers on the hands, feet, face, etc, but that is not so. It has been established that in 99% of the cases HD only numbs these areas. The destruction comes because the warning system of pain is gone. In villages of Africa and Asia, a person with HD has been known to reach directly into a charcoal fire to retrieve a dropped potato. Nothing in his body told him not to. Patients have been known to work all day gripping shovel with a protruding nail, or extinguish a burning wick with their bare hands, or walk on splintered glass. The daily routines of life ground away at the patients hands a feet, but no warning system alerts them. If they turn an ankle, tearing tendons and muscles, the patient just walks crooked. If a rat chewed off a finger in the night, the patient would not discover it until the next morning.
“When I see lepers I throw stones at them lest they come near me.” – Ancient Rabbi
“I would not so much as eat an egg that was purchased on a street where a leper had walked.” – Ancient Rabbi
Among the 61 defilements of ancient Judaism, leprosy was 2nd only to a dead body in seriousness.
The Talmud forbade any Jew from coming within six feet of a known leper, and if the wind was blowing, the limit was 150 feet.
“As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela
“God measures sin by the light a man, a city, or a nation has been given.” – John Phillips, Exploring Matthew
"It is the folly of our day that we think we can have none of His kingship in this life, yet have some claim to part of His kingdom in the next. But for those who reject the rule of the Lord Jesus now, there is only the fearful expectation of the fury of the wrath of God, the Judge of heaven and earth." - Thomas Vincent (1634-1678)
In the book of Acts, Jesus is referred to as Savior twice, but 92 times as Lord. In the entire New Testament He is referred to approximately 10 times as Savior and approximately 700 times as Lord. When the two titles are mentioned together, Lord always precedes Savior.
No one is ready to speak judgment who has not first shed tears for those who are affected.
A fireman was once surveying the remains of a burnt forest when he happened upon a dead hen that was burnt alive. He reached down to pick her up and was startled when 6 baby chicks ran out from under her.
In 1989 and 8.2 earthquake almost flattened Armenia, killing over 300,000 people in less than four minutes. In the midst of the chaos, a father left his wife in securely at home to go to the school where his son attended, only to discover that the building was flat.
After the traumatic initial shock, he remembered the promise that he had made to his son: “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you.” The pile of debris looked hopeless, but he knew he had to fulfill his commitment to his son.
He began to concentrate on where he walked his son to his classroom each morning in the back right corner of the building, he rushed there and started digging though the rubble. Other parents began to arrive, and feeling hopeless, they tried to pull him off the rubble – “It’s too late.” They said. “They’re dead! You can’t help! Go home! Come on, face reality, there’s nothing you can do! You’re just going to make things worse!”
To each of the parents he responded with one line, “Are you going to help me, or not?” The fire chief tried to pull him off the pile and said that fires were breaking it out and it wasn’t safe. He only replied, “Are you going to help me, or not?” The police came and ordered him to stop. He replied, “Are you going to help me, or not?”
Courageously, he proceeded alone because he needed to know for himself, “Is my boy dead or alive?”
He dug for eight hours, twelve hours, twenty-four hours, thirty six-hours, and then in the thirty-eighth hour, he pulled back a boulder and heard his son’s voice. He screamed his name, “Armad!” He heard back, “Dad!?! It’s me, Dad! I told the other kids not to worry because I knew you’d come. I told them if you were alive, you’d save me! I knew you’d come! I told them when you saved me, they’d be saved too! I told them you promised “No matter what, I’ll always be there for you! You did it Dad! I knew you’d come!”
The boy told his Dad that there were thirteen that survived in the room with him. When the building collapsed a wall wedged between another and left an opening for them to live under.
The Dad cried, “Come out, boy!”
“No, Dad! Let the other kids out first, ‘cause I know you’ll get me! No matter what, I know you’ll come for me!”
"True love is always under control. Christ commands, 'Love your enemies.' You can't sit around whomping up good feelings for your enemies. It doesn't come that way. But if you give an enemy something to eat or give him something to drink, soon something begins to happen to your feelings. When you invest yourself in another, you begin to feel differently toward him. Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." - Jay E. Adams, The Christian Counselor's Manual
“I once visited a family and watched the beating of a child by his mother because he had lied. As a matter of fact, though, both the father and the mother of this family told lies. Many times I found out they were liars. But the child was beaten for this very thing. The real issue, then, was not the child’s telling a lie but rather in being found out in it. His lying technique was faulty. The actual problem in that house was whether or not a lie was discovered. If it were discovered, it would be punished. How can you help your children if you adopt such a double standard? Can you ask your children not to lie when you yourself do it? What is the use of asking them?” – Watchman Nee, Do All to the Glory of God
“A man who prioritizes his own selfish cravings above the needs of others grows smaller. He enters a negative cycle that pulls him away from responsibility, away from accomplishment and achievement – away from family. He grows more inward-focused, self-absorbed, myopic, lazy, self-indulgent. His perspective contracts; the size of his world shrinks. He puts his own interests above those of his family; his wife's needs become secondary. His ability to lead suffers. In a word, he becomes less of a man.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
“Nations that are populated largely by immature, immoral, weak-willed, cowardly and self-indulgent men cannot and will not long endure.” - Dr. James Dobson, Bringinh Up Boys
“Measurements of men's shriveling ambitions are everywhere. Consider the five milestones that sociologists traditionally use to define the transition to adulthood: finishing school, leaving the parents’ nest, becoming financially independent, getting married and having a child. In 1960, about two thirds of men had passed all five milestones by age 30. By 2000, it had dropped to half that. In 1970, four in five 25-to-29-year-old men were married. Now the figure is two in five.
What are these guys doing? Nearly six in ten of them – among 18-to-24-year-old males – live with their parents. Even among 25-to34-year-olds, it's still almost two in ten.
Lest you think this is simply a sign of today's troubled economy, consider: those figures are almost double the rate among women the same age.
And forget masculine financial independence. Nearly 60 percent of parents are giving money to their grown kids – a lot of money. Adults between ages 18 and 34 who enjoyed parental subsidies received a hearty average of $38,340 a year. It's localized Social Security, flipped upside down, with older workers supporting younger ‘retirees’.
And wouldn't you know it, young men seem perfectly content with – or perhaps complacent about – their dependency. They've grown up in a world that praises them indiscriminately and teaches them never to judge. As a result, research shows, these ‘failures to launch’ actually have ample self-esteem, and they’re confident success will come to them (though they’re not necessarily motivated to chase it down). They feel plenty good about themselves, living in Mom's basement.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
“A man who has willingly abdicated the role of provider – who is content to live off the largess of others rather than marshaling his powers to produce for others – is not a man.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
“A strong man is a blessing to his wife and children. He provides more than money – he provides security, attentive engagement, successful leadership, firm guidance, emotional stability and real love.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
"We are going to meet unmerciful good people and unmerciful bad people, unmerciful institutions, unmerciful organizations, and we shall have to go through the discipline of being merciful to the merciless." - Oswald Chambers
"Mercy imitates God and disappoints Satan." - St. John Chrysostom
"God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb." - English Proverb
"Pray to God for mercy until the last shovel of earth is cast upon thy grave." - Talmud, c. 200-500
“Those iron bolts of Rome in the pierced hand of the crucified Christ could well have become thunderbolts of wrath. He could have hurled His anathemas across a guilty world, summoned from the ramparts of heaven twelve shining legions with drawn and flaming swords, and marched to Armageddon then and there. Instead yon lovely man cried, ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ Christ died for the ungodly. This is proof of God’s love; it is unconditional.” – John Phillips
"80% of graduating college seniors have credit-card-debt before they even have a job!" - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"Most people won't change until the pain of where they are exceeds the pain of change. When it comes to money, we can be like the toddler in a soiled diaper. 'I know it smells bad, but it's warm and it's mine.' Only when the rash comes will we cry out." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"No one would have remembered the good Samaritan if he hadn't had money." - Margaret Thatcher
"Debt is so ingrained into our chulture that most Americans can't even invision a car without a payment, a house without a mortgage, a student without a loan, and credit without a card. We have been sold debt with such repetition and with such fervor that most folks cannot conceive what it would be like to have no payments. Just as slaves born into slavery can't visualize freedom, we Americans don't know what it would be like to wake up to no debt." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"[Finacially] Stupid things are always going to be done in families unless the wiser member learns to stand up to the forceful one." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"Money is an excellent slave and a horrible master." - P.T. Barnum
Arthur Pink said, “From Adam to Christ, there is none greater than Moses.” Moses is one of the few people who life is covered completely from his birth to his death in Scripture. Yet, here was a man who didn’t become effective for God until he was eighty. Moses’ life may be divided into three forty-year segments:
1. He spent his first forty years in Egypt, nursed by his mother and taught in Egyptian schools.
2. He spent his second forty years in the desert, taught by God.
3. He spent his final forty years with the Hebrew people in the wilderness, suffering trials, discouragements and tests.
“Moses spent his first forty years thinking he was somebody. He spent his second forty years learning he was a nobody. He spent his third forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.” - D.L. Moody
In an old poem the story is told of a young man who gave his love to a vicious woman who demanded of him as proof of his love that he bring to her his mother’s heart to feed to her dog. The young man took a knife, slew his mother, and cut out her heart. As he was running back to the evil woman the young man stumbled and fell, and his mother’s heart flew from his grasp. As it rolled by, that mother’s heart was heard to say in a concerned voice, “Are you hurt my child, are you hurt at all?”
“From all that I had read of history of Government, of human life, and manners, I [have] drawn this conclusion, that the manners of women [are] the most infallible Barometer, to ascertain the degree of Morality and Virtue in a Nation. All that I have since read and all the observation I have made in different nations, have confirmed me in this opinion. The Manners of Women, are the surest Criterion by which to determine whether a Republican government is practicable, in a Nation or not. The Jews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Swiss, the Dutch, all lost their public Spirit, their Republican principles and habits, and their Republican forms of Government when they lost the modesty and Domestic Virtues of their women . . . The foundations of national Morality must be laid in private Families. In vain are Schools, Academies and universities instituted if loose Principles and licentious habits are impressed upon Children in their earliest years. The Mothers are the earliest and most important Instructors of youth.” - John Adams
"The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it." – Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
“Too bad all the songs of men that followed Moses’ song [Exo.15:1-21] did not follow its example in character and contents. The trash that passes for songs today has no relationship whatsoever to the song sung by the banks of the Red Sea. And this trash includes much that goes under the heading of music in our church services, too. The song at the Red Sea was one of victory over evil. But by the sound of that which passes for music in many of our churches today, many songs are songs of victory over good instead.” – John G. Butler, Moses – The Emancipator of Israel
"Success in God's work always solicits opposition of some kind from God's enemies. And the greater the success in God's service, the greater will be the opposition from God's enemies; for opposition from God's enemies comes in proportion to our performance for God. The more we do for God, the more we will experience opposition from the enemies of God. The more dedicated we are in God's work, the more we will be harrassed by the enemies of God's work. If you are not experiencing much opposition, you are probably not doing much for God." - John G. Butler, Nehemiah The Wall Builder, Bible Biography Series # 17
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Albert Einstein
"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us." - Helen Adams Keller
"I expect to pass through life but once. If threfore there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing that I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again." - William Penn
"Now is the watchword of the wise." Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
“Remember, you do not possess unlimited authority. Your child has a soul over which you do not have absolute control. His soul is subject to his own control. He may go to heaven or he may go to hell. This is his responsibility before God. You cannot treat him as a thing or as property. God has not given you unlimited authority over your child. He gives you unlimited authority over inanimate objects but not over souls. No one has absolute authority over another soul.” – Watchman Nee, Do All to the Glory of God
“I received this letter from a young lady last week – a Bible college student who grew up in a Christian home and Christian school. I believe it is the saddest letter I've ever read and right on the mark for so detailing the experiences of so many young Christians. I asked her permission to post it. Please read. Her words will greatly challenge you as a parent or pastor:
Dear Pastor Schmidt,
‘A few years ago, I read your books Hook, Line, and Sinker, Discover Your Destiny, and Life Quest. I found them to be extremely encouraging and constructive. These books showed me that not only do you have a real heart for young people, but you also understand us as well. I am writing to ask you to consider writing a book to our parents and youth workers. Let me explain.
I am a junior at a well-known Christian college. I grew up in highly respected ‘Fundamental Independent Baptist’ churches, and went to excellent Christian schools. My father has been a Christian worker since before I was born. One would think that my testimony would go something like this:
‘I was saved when I was about 5 and I have dedicated my life to God and I have been growing a lot and serving Him and now I'm studying to serve Him full-time.’ But that isn't my story. Actually, though I did make a profession of faith when I was very young, I didn't get saved until I was 17. Since I was 12 and now on into college I have struggled with ‘serious’ issues. And I found out when I went to college that I am not the only ‘good kid’ who is or has struggled with or is still struggling with serious stuff. We struggle with issues like eating disorders, depression and suicide, cutting, pornography, gender identity, homosexuality, drugs, drinking, immorality, and the list could go on. We listen to ‘wild’ music, we idolize pop culture's heroes, we watch dirty sitcoms. We have no discrimination in our entertainment, dress, or any aspect of our lifestyle. Obviously, I'm generalizing our problems – you would not find that every Christian young person from a conservative background struggles with all of these issues, and praise God, some of us do not struggle with any of these issues.
My point is that the problems that are supposed to be bad kid’s problems belong to us too. Unfortunately, our parents and youth workers don't know that we struggle with these things and they don't know what to do with us when they find out. Quite frankly, I believe that if you grabbed the average Christian school teacher or youth worker and asked them, ‘What would you do if you found out that one of the kids you worked with was a homosexual?’ They wouldn't know what to say.
My point is not simply that they don't know what we struggle with our how to deal with it. I think there is a pretty simple reason why ‘good’ kids struggle with such serious stuff. And that there is a solution. At the risk of being blunt, I'm going to be blunt.
Our parents did not spend time teaching us to love God. Our parents put us in Sunday Schools since K-4. Our parents took us to church every time the doors opened, and sent us to every youth activity. They made sure we went to good Christian colleges. They had us sing in the choir, help in the nursery, be ushers, go soulwinning. We did teen devotionals, and prayed over every meal. We did everything right. And they made sure that we did.
But they forgot about our hearts. They forgot that the Bible never commanded the church to teach children about God and His ways. That responsibility was laid at the feet of our fathers. Unfortunately, our fathers don't have time for us. They put us where we are surrounded by the Bible. But they didn't take time to show us that God was important enough to them to tell us personally about Him. So to us, Christianity has become a religion of externals. Do all the right stuff, and you're a good Christian. So, some of us walk away from church. Some of us stay in church and fill a pew. Many of us struggle with stuff that our parents have no idea about because they hardly know us.
I think these problems stem from first, our detachment from our parents, and second from our misunderstandings about the essence of Christianity – a relationship, not a list of rules. I worry that many young people like me are not even saved because of their misunderstandings about Christianity.
I know that this has not been a well articulated treatise, but it comes from my heart. If you are able to help us and our families, we would be so grateful. I realize that probably, there is no way to fix the fact that kids my age are detached from our parents or to straighten out the crazy stuff that we struggle with. The alienation is fixed, the scars are permanent. I know our situation is not hopeless. God is at work in my life and my generation, among those of us who have struggled and are struggling. But maybe our younger siblings can have some help that we never had. Maybe you can write a book for our parents that will grab their attention and help them see that this is serious – that their kids need them, desperately.
I guess I've run out of things to say. I must say I'm a little hesitant to share my name with you because that attaches me with my parents, who are, by the way, good people. Thanks for everything you have already done to help Christian teens and their families. I'm eager to see what else God will do through you.’
(Name Removed to Protect Anonymity)
All I could say when I read this letter was, ‘Wow! She nailed it!’ This is the battle I've been fighting for 21 years . . . Let this insightful young lady's words sink in, and let God help you evaluate your own parenting and influence. Are we teaching kids to simply appear and act right? Or are we teaching them to LOVE God and KNOW Him personally?” – Cary Schmidt, www.caryschmidy.com
“You communicate well with all kinds of people. You are reasonable with your friends, relatives, and colleagues. You are especially polite and respectful toward your boss. But, you treat your children as if they were your private possession. You forget that they have God-given souls. You discharge all your ill-temper on them. You treat them as you please. It seems you are courteous with everyone except your children. They are the ones upon whom you vent your wrath. I know some parents who are like that. They feel that they are not fully human if they are always courteous and gentle and never lose their temper. But how can they exhaust their bad temper? If they turn in on their colleagues, they will be neglected; if on their boss, they will be fired; if on their friends, they will be condemned. The only place they can afford to lose their temper without fear of reprisal is upon their children. Thus many parents have an awful temper toward their children.” – Watchman Nee, Do All to the Glory of God
"Two girls were studying in the same school. One of them told her schoolmate, "If it were necessary, I know my father would die for me." Just by listening to that child's comment about her fathe, you know what kind of a Christian father he was. The other girl also came from a Christian family. Her father was very strict and often got angry at his daughter thoughtlessly. One day at school she listened to a Christian message. After she went home, her father asked her what she had learned that day. She answered, "I know that the Lord gave you to me to be my cross." Is this not a problem to many children, that they have to reckon that the Lord gave their fathers or mothers to them to be their crosses? In this particular story, both the fathers were Christians. Yet, what a difference!" - Watchman Nee, Do All to the Glory of God
There was once a fellow who, with his dad, farmed a little piece of land. Several times a year they would load up the old ox-drawn cart with vegetables and go into the nearest city to sell their produce. Except for their name and the patch of ground, father and son had little in common. The old man believed in taking it easy. The boy was usually in a hurry, the go-getter type.
One morning bright and early they hitched up the ox to the loaded cart and started on the long journey. The son figured that if they walked faster, kept going all day and night, they’d make market by early the next morning. So he kept prodding the ox with a stick, urging the beast to get a move on.
“Take it easy, son,” said the old man. “You’ll last longer.”
“But if we get to the market ahead of others, we’ll have a better chance of getting good prices,” argued the son.
No reply. Dad just pulled his hat down over his eyes and fell asleep on the seat. Itchy and irritated, the young man kept goading the ox to walk faster. His stubborn pace refused to change.
Four hours and four miles later down the road, they came to a little house. The father woke up, smiled, and said, “Here’s your Uncle’s place. Let’s stop in and say hello.”
“But we’ve lost an hour already,” complained the hot shot son.
"Then a few more minutes won’t matter. My brother and I live so close, yet we see each other so seldom,” the father answered slowly.
The boy fidgeted and fumed while the two old men laughed and talked away almost an hour. On the move again, the old man took his turn leading the ox.
As they approached a fork in the road the father led the ox to the right.
“The left is the shorter way,” the son said.
“I know it,” replied the old man, “but this way is much prettier.”
“Have you no respect for time,” the young man asked impatiently.
“Oh, I respect it very much! That’s why I like to use it to look at beauty and enjoy each moment to the fullest.
The winding path led through graceful meadows, wild flowers and along a rippling stream – all of which the young man missed as he churned within, preoccupied and boiling with anxiety. He didn’t even notice how lovely the sunset was that day.
Twilight found them in what looked like a huge, colorful garden. The old man breathed in the aroma, listened to the bubbling brook, and pulled the ox to a halt. “Let’s sleep here,” he sighed.
“This is the last trip I’m taking with you,” snapped the son. “You’re more interested in watching sunsets and in smelling flowers than in making money!”
“Why, that’s the nicest thing you’ve said in a long time,” smiled the dad. A couple of minutes later, he was snoring – as his boy glared back at the stars. The night dragged slowly, the son was restless.
Before sunrise, the young man hurriedly shook his father awake. They hitched up and went on. About a mile down the road they happened upon another farmer – a total stranger – trying to pull his cart out of the ditch.
“Let’s give him a hand,” whispered the old man.
“And lose more time,” the boy exploded.
“Relax son. You might be in a ditch sometime yourself. We need to help others in need – don’t forget that.” The boy looked away in anger.
It was almost eight o’clock that morning by the time the other cart was back on the road. Suddenly, a great flash of radiant light split the sky. What sounded like thunder followed. Beyond the hills, the sky grew unusually dark.
“Looks like a big rain in the city,” said the old man.
“If we had hurried, we’d be almost sold out by now,” grumbled the son.
“Take it easy. You’ll last longer. And you’ll enjoy life so much more,” counseled the kind old gentleman.
It was late afternoon by the time they got to the hill overlooking the city. They stopped and stared down at it for a long, long time. Neither of them said a word. Finally, the young man put his hand on his father’s shoulder and said, “I see what you mean, Dad.”
They turned their cart and began to roll slowly away from what had only hours earlier been the city of Hiroshima.
"America cannot fall - because she is already fallen!" - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"It is always too soon to quit." - Dr. V. Raymond Edman, late president of Wheaton College (Illinois)
"By perseverance the snail reached the ark." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"All the days, even of the best and greatest saints, are not eminent days, some slide on silently." - Matthew Henry
Festo Kivengere was a leading evangelical minister in Uganda who told the story of persecution and martyrdom of Christians in that country. He said that in 1885 there were three Christian boys who were forced to give their lives for Christ because they would not renounce their faith in Him. The king was opposed to Christianity and ordered that the boys be killed if they would not recant their faith in Him. At the place of execution, the boys asked for the following message to be given to the king: “Tell his majesty that he has put our bodies in the fire but we won’t be long in the fire. Soon we will be with Jesus, which is much better. But ask him to repent and change his mind or he will land in a place of eternal fire.” The youngest of the boys, named Yusufu, said, “Please don’t cut off my arms. I will not struggle in the fire that takes me to Jesus.” Because of the boys testimony that day, forty adults trusted Jesus Christ as Savior, and indirectly, countless more were won to Christ over a period of many years. By 1887 a large number of other Christians were martyred, many of them inspired by the fearless, loving testimony of those three boys. None of those martyrs knew much theology or much about the Bible, because most of them were illiterate and all of them were new believers. Yet they understood the most important things: if you deny Christ He will deny you and heaven’s pleasures far outweigh earth’s tortures.
There was once a farmer who was continually optimistic – seldom discouraged, down, or blue. He was located beside another farmer who was terribly pessimistic. The optimistic farmer tried to change his neighbors perception in life by often bringing good things to his attention. The optimistic farmer would see the sun coming up and shout over his tractor, “Look at that beautiful sun and clear sky!” The negative neighbor would reply, “Yeah – it’ll probably scorch the crops!” When clouds would gather the optimistic farmer would rejoice that God was watering their crops for them and giving their corn a drink today. The pessimistic farmer's reply was, “Uh huh, but if it doesn’t stop ‘fore long it’ll flood and wash everything away.” The optimistic farmer decided to put his neighbor to the ultimate test. He bought the smartest bird dog in the world and taught him to do amazing things. While hunting one day, the two farmers were sitting in the boat behind a duck blind. When the ducks came in, both men fired and down fell the ducks. “Go get ‘em boy”, the optimistic farmer ordered and the bird dog leaped out of the boat, walked on top of the water, and picked up the birds one by one. “Well, what do you think of that?”, the optimist asked his pessimistic friend. Without a smile the pessimist answered, “He can’t swim, can he?”
"It is part of the nature of fanaticism that it loses sight of the totality of evil and rushes like a bull at the red cloth instead of at the man who holds it." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"Old Pharisees never die; they just multiply" - Unknown
"Old Pharisees never die; you just wish they would." - Unknown
Cartoon of a Pharisee witnessing - "Have you heard of the 4,973 spiritual laws."
"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." - Sir Winston Churchill
“There is a strange difference between Jesus and many famous preachers or evangelists. It is often next to impossible to get into the presence of one of these famous ones. They have a kind of retinue and bodyguard which keep the public away lest the great figure be wearied and bothered. Jesus was the opposite of that. The way to His presence was open to the humblest person and to the youngest child.” – William Barclay
"When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know wheterh to answer 'present' or 'not guilty'." - Theodore Roosevelt
“Pornography has become mainstream, pervasive, socially accepted, and, thanks to the Internet, devilishly easy to get. It is also intensely addictive. The demand is monstrous: For every two Hollywood movies produced, 45 full-length commercial porn films are. The average high school boy watches porn two hours a week. Researchers conducting a study in July 2011 on porn and prostitution had so much difficulty finding non-users that they had to loosen their definition in order to muster up 100 men for a control group.” – Joel Hilliker, The Incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
There are four distinct groups who find themselves in poverty:
- The largest group is composed of those who are poor because of their sloth and refusal to work.
- Some are poor because they are victims of calamities, over which they had no control, such as famine.
- Others are poor because they were exploited by unscrupulous powerful people or rulers.
- Others are poor voluntarily for righteousness sake.
"Prayer is not overcoming God's reluctance; it is laying hold of His willingness." - Richard Trench (1807-1866)
“There may be prevailing intercession where there are no words; and alas! there may be words where there is no true supplication. Let us cultivate the spirit of prayer which is even better than the habit of prayer. There may be seeming prayer where there is little devotion. We should begin to pray before we kneel down, and we should not cease when we rise up.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Our praying, however, needs to be pressed and pursued with an energy that never tires, a persistency which will not be denied, and a courage which never fails." - E.M. Bounds
"Whole days and WEEKS have I spent prostrate on the ground in silent or vocal prayer." - George Whitefield
In commenting on David's opposition against Absalom in Psalm 3:4, David described the nature of his prayer as, "I cried unto the LORD with my voice . . ." Charles Spurgeon added, "Good men often find that, even in secret, they pray better than they do when they utter no vocal sound." God knew what David was thinking and feeling, but we learn this lesson about prayer: sometimes you need to literally say it.
“Let not our prayers and praises be the flashes of a hot and hasty brain, but the steady burning of a well-kindled fire.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
A worker with the Overseas Missionary Fellowship told a story of a missionary medical worker in Africa. While traveling to a nearby village by bicycle the missionary spotted two men fighting. One was seriously hurt, so he treated him and witnessed to him about the Lord Jesus Christ. He then returned home without incident. Upon arriving in the city several weeks later he was approached by the man he had treated earlier. He told the missionary that he knew that he carried money and medicine. He said, “Some friends and I followed you into the jungle knowing you would camp overnight. We waited for you to go to sleep so we could kill you and take your drugs and money. Just as we were about to move into your campsite, we saw that you were surrounded by 26 armed guards.” The missionary laughed and said, “I was certainly all alone in the campsite that night.” The young man pressed the point, “No sir. I was not the only one to see the 26 guards. My five friends saw them and we all counted them. It was only because of those guards that we left you alone.” When the missionary was sharing this story later in a supporting church in Michigan, one of the men in the church stood up and interrupted him and asked, “Can you tell me the exact date this happened?” The missionary thought for awhile and recalled the date. The man in the congregation then gave an alarming testimony. He said, “On that night in Africa it was day here. I was preparing to play golf. As I put my bags in the car, I felt the Lord leading me to pray for you. In fact, the urging was so great that I called the men of this church together to pray for you. Will all of those men who met to pray please stand?” The men who met to pray that day numbered 26.
"Too often our prayers are vague and general. 'Lord bless the missionaries!' How much better it would be if we would pray for specific needs. By doing so, we would know when God answered and we could praise Him for it." - Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Be Complete
"It has well been said that the purpose of prayer is not to get man's will done in heaven, but to get God's will done on earth. Prayer is not telling God what to do or what to give. Prayer is asking God for that which He wants to do and give, according to His will." - Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Be Complete
"You can do more than pray after you've prayed, but you can't do more than pray until you have prayed." - John Bunyan
“It is not so true that prayer changes things as that prayer changes me, and then I change things; consequently we must not ask God to do what He has created us to do. For instance, Jesus Christ is not a social reformer; He came to alter us first, and if there is any social reform to be done on earth, we must do it.” – Oswald Chambers
"It is possible to love men, through God, by prayer alone." - Missionary Hudson Taylor
“Prayer can place us in a village in Africa or in a hut on the Amazon. It can put us in a peasant’s cottage or in a royal palace. It can set us along side a suffering saint or raise a roadblock in the path of a scoundrel. It can do its work in the heart of a seeker at the close of a service. It can change the course of empires. It can put to rout spiritual forces of wickedness in high places, and it can bind evil spirits and set their captives free. Prayer links us with the throne of the universe. It connects us with the mind, heart, and will of God. Why this should be is a mystery. Prayer is one of the forces of the universe, as real as the forces of gravity, electricity, and magnetism. God always takes into account the factor of prayer when He is resolving the total equation of the universe.” – John Phillips, Exploring I, II Thesslonians
"The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, not glamorous with the skills of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tierra of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincereity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel!" - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"We may preach and perish, but we cannot pray and perish." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"Poverty-stricken as the church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"We do not hear much about confession of sin in our prayers today. When prayer is the subject today, it seems the emphasis is more on getting things than on improving character." - John G. Butler, Daniel The Man of Loyalty, Bible Biography Series # 21
"When God intends great mercy for His people, the first thing He does is set them a-praying." - Matthew Henry
"It's a terrible thing for a man to think he has the gift of preaching when nobody has the gift of listening." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"Paul did not ask for the prison doors to be opened, but that doors of ministry might be opened (I Cor. 16:9, Acts 14:27). It was more important to Paul that he be a faithful minister than a free man." - Dr. Warren Wiersbe, Be Complete
“This should be the aim of the preacher: to get his hearers to look away from himself to another. He is not to testify of himself, nor about himself, but he is to preach Christ.” - Arthur W. Pink
In commenting on the wise preacher, Matthew Henry said the following, "He chose the most profitable way of preaching, by proverbs or short sentences, which would be more easily apprehended and remembered than long and laboured periods. He did not content himself with a few parables, or wise sayings, and repeat them again and again, but he furnished himself with many proverbs, a great variety of grave discourses, that he might have something to say on every occasion. He did not give them such observations as were obvious and trite, but he sought out such as were surprising and uncommon; he dug into the mines of knowledge, and did not merely pick up what lay on the surface. He did not deliver his heads and observations at random, as they came to mind, but methodized them, and set them on order that they might appear in more strength and lustre.”
“. . . many who talk the most about witnessing today talk the most about themselves. We have heard these men speak and we have read what they have written; and the obvious thing about their speaking and writing is the great and obnoxious emphasis that they give to themselves, not to Jesus Christ. They are the hero of every story (and their messages are mostly stories – many of which are far-fetched) and the center of all the action. Christ is mostly a postscript they add on at the end to press for decisions so that they can boast of how many decisions they have won to Christ. But the object of testifying for Christ is not to exalt the one doing the witnessing but to exalt Christ in order to lead men to Him.” - John G. Butler, John The Baptist, The Herald of Christ, Bible Biography Series # 7
When John Bunyan was arrested for preaching illegally he was told that he would be released from prison if he would stop preaching. He replied, "If I am out of prison today, I will preach the Gospel again tomorrow, by the help of God."
"I'm firmly convinced that if we would clean up the pulpits of America, we'd go a long way cleaning up America." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"People hardly noticed the donkey [that carried Jesus in His triumphal entry]; they looked at Jesus. So they cheered for Christ and not the donkey, but what a privilege!" - Dr. Adrian Rogers (emphasis mine)
"A young preacher used to preach 'Thou shalt not.' Then he began to preach 'Thou shalt.' Finally he began to preach 'Thou.'" - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"One does not need to be spiritual to preach, that is, to make and deliver sermons of homiletical perfection and exegetical exactitude. By a combination of memory, knowledge, ambition, personality, plus well-lined bookshelves, selfconfidence and a sense of having arrived - brother, the pulpit is almost yours anywhere these days." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
". . . ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen, degrees or no degrees." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"Preachers who should be fishers for men are now too often fishing for complements from men." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"Present-day preaching, with its pale interpretation of divine truths, causes us to mistake action for unction, commotion for creation, and rattles for revivals." - Leonard Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing." - Norwegian Proverb
Pressed out of measure and pressed to all length;
Pressed so intensely it seems beyond strength.
Pressed in the body and pressed in the soul;
Pressed in the mind till the dark surges roll;
Pressure by foes, and pressure by friends;
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.
Pressed into loving the staff and the rod;
Pressed into knowing no helper but God.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things.
Pressed into living a life in the Lord;
Pressed into living the Christ-life outpoured.
– Annie Johnson Flint
Sometime when you’re feeling important,
Sometimes when your ego’s way up;
Sometime when you take it for granted
That you are the prize-winning “pup”;
Sometime when you feel that your absence
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how it humbles your soul.
Take a bucked, fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to your wrist.
Now pull it out fast and the hole that remains
Is the measure of how you’ll be missed.
You may splash all you like as you enter,
And stir up the water galore,
But stop and you’ll find in a minute,
It’s right back where it was before.
"I have heard it said that when someone bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made." - Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover
"God's commandments are not always accompanied by reasons, but always by promises, expressed or understood. To give reasons would excite discussion; but to give a promise shows that the reason, though hidden is all sufficient. We can understand the promise, though the reason might baffle and confuse us. The reason is intellectual, metaphysical, spiritual; but a promise is practical, positive, literal." - F.B. Meyer
“God does nothing by halves, and he will never cease to help us until we cease to need.” - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Treasury of David, Vol. 1
“There is as much difference between heavenly comforts and earthly, as between a banquet that is eaten, and one that is painted on a wall.” - Thomas Watson
The City of Regret: I had not planned to take a trip this year, yet I found myself packing anyway. And off I went, dreading it. I was on another guilt trip. I booked my reservation on I Wish I Had Airlines. I didn’t check my bags – everyone carries their baggage on this airline – and had to drag it to what seemed like miles to Regret City Airport. I could see that people from all over the world were there with me, limping along under the weight of bags they had packed themselves. I caught a cab to Last Resort Hotel, the driver taking the whole trip backward, looking over his shoulder. There I found the ball room where my event was to be held: The Annual Pity Party. As I checked in I saw that all my colleagues were on the guest list:
The Done Family – Woulda Done, Coulda Done, and Shoulda Done.
Both of the Opportunities – Missed Opportunity and Lost Opportunity.
All the Yesterdays – they were too many to count, but all would have had sad stories to share.
Shattered Dreams and Broken Promises would be there too, along with their friends, Don’t Blame Me and I Couldn’t Help It.
And of course hours and hours of entertainment would be provided by that famed story teller It’s Their Fault.
As I prepared to settle in for a really long night, I realized that one person had the power to send all of those people home and break up the party: me! All I had to do was return to the present and welcome the new day.
When Marconi told his friends that he had discovered a way to send messages through the air without wires or other physical means, they had him committed to a psychiatric ward.
When Samuel Morse asked Congress for $30,000 to implement an experimental telegraph between Baltimore and Washington D.C., he was openly ridiculed (one member of congress sarcastically moved that the money be given to build a railroad to the moon).
In 1926, when a young salesman suggested that sales could be increased by replacing buttons with zippers in the front of men’s trousers, everyone convulsed with laughter. Eventually that company because Talon Manufacturing and owed its survival to a single idea – the zipper!
“If you need encouragement, give it. If you need love, give it. Whatever you need, give it away.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“To dwell there above with those that we love will be glory. To dwell here below with those that we know – well, that’s another story.”
“Let’s not mistake fear-driven confession for a true change of heart. Under stress, many are ready to admit fault, even though they do not feel guilt.” – Larry Richards, Every Miracle and Wonder in the Bible
"As always, victory finds a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan." - Count Galeazzo Ciano, diary, Sept. 9, 1942
“For three days and three nights the earth had spun on its axis in space cradling the mortal remains of its Mighty Maker. Nothing seemed to have changed. People went to bed and arose, and went about their little concerns. And still that August body lay still and cold in death on a rocky ledge in a stone-sealed tomb, immune from the process of decay. And the earth went round and round.
But now the sun was embracing that tomb on a brand-new first day of a brand-new week and a brand-new age. The Sabbath and all that it stood for was past. From now on, men would rest, not in a Sabbath but in a Savior.” – John Phillips, Exploring Mark
Some years ago a young man and young woman were involved in a terrible automobile accident on the eve of their wedding. They were both injured, but the woman’s face was horribly disfigured. While they were recovering in the hospital in separate rooms the young woman’s soon-to-be mother-in-law came to visit. She was a cruel woman and had been against the planned marriage since day one. She now saw a way to prevent it. She secretly told her son’s fiancé she would pay for all the young woman’s plastic surgery needed if she would agree to disappear and never speak to her son again. Suffering, bewildered, and still reeling from her tragedy, the disfigured and confused young woman made that promise. Shortly after, the cruel mother told her son that his fiancé had died in the crash.
Several years later, however, though an unusual chain of events the young man and woman met. Since he had not changed greatly, she immediately recognized him. She attempted to keep her promise and have nothing to do with him, but gradually, as circumstances brought them together, he began to recognize her. He realized that the woman he had loved so deeply, with a love that still haunted him, was indeed alive. Eventually they were reunited in a romantic scene of reconciliation.
“The trouble with most people is that their awareness of God is spasmodic, acute at certain times and places, totally absent at others. Reverence means the constant awareness of God.” – William Barclay
"One of the features of a true movement of the Holy Spirit in Revival is that He does not depend on one human personality in His workings . . . Another oustanding feature of true revival is that the movement does not depend on money, organization, or advertising . . . [in the Wales revival] There were no hymn books, no song leaders, no committees, no choirs, no great preachers, no offerings, no organization . . . THE REVIVAL FINANCES AND ADVERTISES ITSELF. THERE ARE NO BILLS, NO HIRED HALLS, NO SALARIES." - James A. Stewart, Invasion of Wales By the Spirit Through Evan Roberts
"So evident was it that the movement was a divine work that outstanding British Christian leaders came and stood in awe and bowed in adoration to God. Although famous preachers such as Gypsy Rodney Smith, F.B. Meyer, G. Campbell Morgan, General Booth, and many others visited the scene of blessing, in the majority of cases they only prayed or said a few words. Sometimes they sat quietly in the meetings while young people, and even chldren prayed, sang, and testified in the Spirit. These great men of God recognized the fact that here was not a great revival come through great preachers, nor through great preaching but that it was a supernatural work altogether apart from either. They felt that their very personalities would hinder the meetings. And why should great Christian leaders preach sermons when here before them they saw their sermons fulfilled! Here was the answer to the agony of their prayers for the blessing upon the church of God and the salvation of lost souls. And besides - they could not have taken part unless the Holy Spirit had invited them to do so!" - James A. Stewart, Invasion of Wales by the Spirit Through Evan Roberts
The poet George Herbert was a member of a small orchestra that met weekly to enjoy music together. While traveling to the meeting he discovered a man whose cart was stuck in the mud. He stopped to help the man was detained a great while. When he finished he was covered in mud. He arrived at the rehearsal and the musicians told him, “You’ve missed all the music.” George Herbert smiled and said, “Yes, but I will have songs at midnight.” He had the satisfaction of having done the right thing.
Novelist Godfrey Winn tells of a man who was the greatest plastic surgeon in Britain. During the 2nd Word War he gave up a private practice, which made him a considerable annual living,to give all of his time to airmen who had been disfigured and mutilated in battle. When asked what his ambition was the surgeon stated, “I want to be a good craftsman.” The huge salary was nothing compared with the satisfaction that comes with a selfless job well done.
Psalms 23:1-2, The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. “The strange thing about sheep is that because of their very make-up it is almost impossible for them to be made to lie down unless four requirements are met.” – Phillip Keller, A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
1. Freedom from fear.
2. Freedom from tension.
3. Freedom from aggravations.
4. Freedom from hunger.
Keller added, “A flock that is restless, discontented, always agitated and disturbed never does well.”
Sheep are the most dependent, helpless and stupid of all domesticated animals. They are just as panicked by harmless things as they are by those that are truly dangerous. When real danger does come they have no natural defense except for running, and they are not very good at that. Sheep are indiscriminate in their choice of vegetation to eat, it is necessary to protect them from poisonous weeds. Shepherds had to go before their sheep to be sure that no poisonous weeds were in the pasture before they entered. They are highly vulnerable to weather extremes. They are vulnerable to infectious disease and they have to be checked regularly and individually for symptoms of disease, for cuts and abrasions that might get infected, and for insects and parasites that can harm them. Flies buzzing around their eyes and ears have been known to irritate and frighten sheep. Sometimes flies will lay eggs in a sheep’s eyes and ultimately cause blindness. They have been observed beating their head against rocks or trees until it kills them to get rid of flies. In trying to escape real, or imagined danger, sheep will panic into a blind stampede, and pregnant ewes will lose their lambs from the running and sometimes even their own lives from exhaustion.
“You and your sins must separate or you and your God will never come together. No one sin may keep you; they must all be given up, they must be brought out like Canaanite kings from the cave and be hanged up in the sun.” – Charles Spurgeon
“We cannot enter at the straight gate and walk the narrow way and at the same time be tolerant of sin, expect the praise of men, hold hands with the world, indulge in the lusts of the flesh, listen to the lies of the Devil, and be in step with the spirit of the age. This world crucified our Savior and will be no friend to those who follow in His steps.” – John Phillips
“Although we may not see it now, everything will one day be seen to fit into God’s perfect plan.” – John Phillips
"We will suppose the case of a man who loved violin music. He has the means to buy for himself a very fine violin, and he also purchases the very best radio obtainable. He builds up a library of the great musical scores, so that he is able to take any piece that is announced on the radio, put it on his music stand, and play along with the orchestra. The announcer says that Mr Ormandy and the Philadelphia orchestra are going to play Beethoven’s seventh symphony. The man in his home puts that symphony on his stand and tunes his violin with what he hears coming from the orchestra. The music that comes from the radio we might call foreordained. Ormandy is going to follow the score just as Beethoven wrote it. The man in his living room starts to scratch away at the first violin part. He misses beats, he loses his place and finds it again, he breaks a string, and stops to fix it. The music goes on and on. He finds his place again and plays on after his fashion to the end of the symphony. The announcer names the next work that is to be played and the fiddler puts that number on his rack. Day after week after month after year, he finds pleasure in scraping his fiddle along with the violins of the great orchestras. Their music is determined in advance. What he must do is to learn to play in their tempo, in their key, and to follow the score as it has been written in advance. If he decides that he wants to play Yankee Doodle when the orchestra is in the midst of Brahm’s number, there’s going to be dissonance and discord in the man’s house but not in the Academy of Music. After some years of this the man may be a rather creditable violin player and may have learned to submit himself utterly to the scores that are written and follow the program as played. Harmony and joy come from the submission and cooperation.
So it is with the plan of God. It is rolling toward us, unfolding day by day, as He has planned it before the foundation of the world. There are those who fight against it and who must ultimately be cast into outer darkness because He will not have in His heaven those who proudly resist Him. This cannot be tolerated any more than the authorities would permit a man to bring his own violin into the Academy of Music and start to play Shostakovich when the program called for Bach. The score of God’s plan is set forth in the Bible. In the measure that I learn it, submit myself to it, and seek to live in accordance with all that is therein set forth I shall find myself in joy and in harmony with God and His plans. If I set myself to fight against it, or disagree with that which comes forth, there can be no peace in my heart and life. If in my heart I seek to play a tune that is not the melody the Lord has for me, there can be nothing but dissonance, Prayer is learning to play the tune that the eternal plan of God calls for and to do that which is in harmony with the will of the Eternal Composer and the Author of all that is true harmony in life and living." - Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse
"At the baptism of the Spirit I belong to Christ's body. When I was filled with the Holy Spirit, my body belongs to Him." - Pastor Ken Burgess, Trinity Baptist Church, Thomasville, GA
"Success comes to those who are neither afraid to fail nor discouraged by failures." - Anonymous
"Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall." - Oliver Goldsmith
A young man asked the older, “What is the secret of your success?” “Good decisions,” he replied. The young man asked, “How do you learn to make good decisions?” The older man replied, “You get that by experience.” “How do you get experience?”, the young man asked. “By making bad decisions.”, the old man replied.
"The trouble with success is that the formula is the same as the one for a nervous breakdown." - Executive Digest
"The secrets of success are a good wife and a steady job. My wife told me." - Howard Nemerov in The Writer's Digest December, 1988
"In the United States, there's a Puritan ethic and a mythology of success: He who is successful is good. In Latin countries, in Catholic countries, a successful person is a sinner. In Puritan countries, success shows God's benevolence. In Catholic countries, your God loves you only when you've suffered." - Umberto Eco in The New York Times, Dec. 13, 1988
"The only building ever constructed on this earth which was perfect from its very beginning and outset in every detail, and never again needed attention, addition or alteration, was the tabernacle in the wilderness . . . It is probably the most comprehensive, detailed revelation of Jesus the Son of God, and the plan of salvation in the entire Old Testament." - Dr. M.R. DeHaan, M.D., The Tabernacle
"Tears relieve the burning brain as a shower the electric clouds. Tears discharge the insupportable agony of the heart, as an overflow lessens the pressure of the flood against the dam. Tears are the material out of which heaven weaves its brightest rainbows. Tears are transmuted into the jewels of better life, as the wounds in the oyster turn to pearls." - F.B. Meyer
There was once a preacher who parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city. He was short on time and couldn’t find an open space with a meter, so he put a note under the windshield wiper blade that read, “I have circled the block ten times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. ‘Forgive us our trespasses’.” When he returned he found a citation from a police officer along with this note, “I’ve circled this block for ten years. If I don’t give you a ticket, I’ll lose my job. ‘Lead us not into temptation’.”
When an Eskimo wants to kill a wolf he coats the blade of his knife with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. Next, the hunter fixes the knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the smell and discovers the bait, he licks it. He licks it again and again until the blade is exposed, but he is so involved in the bait that he doesn’t even notice that now the blood he is tasting is his own. So great is his craving and appetite for blood that the dawn finds him dead in the snow.
"The minute a thing is long and complicated, it confuses. Whoever wrote the Ten Commandments made 'em short. They may not always be kept, but they are understood." - Will Rogers
"If God [had] wanted us to live in a permissive society, He would have given us the Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments." - Zig Ziglar
"There's a reason that the cross is the symbol of Christianity. It is a powerful statement: that a good man suffered for me, that a just God was looking out for me, and if I live a good life, I would be rewarded after death. Those beliefs, sincerely held, can get a human being through many hard times." - Bill O'Reilly, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
“I am heartily sick of the type of religion that insists that my soul (and everyone else’s) needs saving – whatever that means. I have never felt that I was lost. Nor do I feel that I daily wallow in the more of sin, although repetitive preaching insists that I do . . . Give me a practical religion that teaches gentleness and tolerance, that acknowledges no barriers of color or creed, that remembers the aged and teaches children of goodness and not sin . . . If in order to save my soul I must accept such a philosophy as I have recently heard preached, I prefer to remain forever damned.” - from a man who rejected the message of an evangelist
To every man there
Openeth a way and ways and a way;
And the high soul climbs the high way,
And the low soul gropes the low;
And in between on the misty flats
The rest drift to and fro;
But to every man there openeth
A high way and a low;
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.
– John Oxenham
“Time is what God allows so everything doesn’t happen to us all at once.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
Wireless battery powered electronics often have instructions that teach that before recharging a battery you should completely discharge it. Often rechargeable batteries that are recharged prematurely develop an artificial "memory" and won't fully charge again. Our trials are similar. They fully discharge us completely so our limits and full potetial can be known and explored. Our fullest potetial recharge is only possible after a full and complete discharge has been excercised.
The lodgepole pine is an unusual evergreen that is seen in great numbers in Yellowstone Park. The cones of the pine may hang on the tree for years, and years and even when they fall, they do not open. These cones do not open unless they come in contact with intense heat. But God has a reason for this. When a forest fire rages throughout parks and forests all the trees are destroyed. At the same time, however, the heat of the fire opens the cones of the lodgepole pine; and these trees are often the first to grow in an area that has been burned with fire.
The hammer is a useful tool. However, if the nail had feeling, intelligence and a voice, it would tell a very diffrent story. The nail only knows the hammer as an opponent - a brutal, merciless enemy who lives to pound it into submission, to beat it down out of sight. That is the nail's view of the hammer, and it is accurate except for one thing: the nail forgets that both it and the hammer are servants of the same workman.
Engineers must take into account three loads, or what they would call "stresses" while designing a bridge. These are: the dead load, the live load, and the wind load. The dead load is the weight of the bridge itself. The live load is the weight of the bridge and the daily traffic it supports. The wind load is the dead load weight, plus the live load weight, plus the pressure of any storms that may beat on the bridge. Among Christians, some cannot even carry their own load, while some carry their own weight just fine. Some are gifted, and can carry their weight and others. The most mature believers carry their weight, plus the weight of others plus the weight of unexpected, unforseen storms.
"A shipwrecked man managed to reach an uninhabited island. There, to protect himself against the elements and to safeguard the few possessions he had salvaged, he painstakingly built a little hut from which he constantly and prayerfully scanned the horizon for the approach of a ship. Returning one evening after a search for food, he was terrified to find the hut completely engulfed in flames. Yet by divine mercy this hard affliction was changed into a mighty advantage. Early the following morning he awoke to find a ship anchored off the island. When the captain stepped ashore, he explained, 'We saw your smoke signal and came.' Everything that marooned man owned had to be destroyed before he could be rescued.” – Walter A. Maier, Decision magazine
"No passage can be found to alleviate to any degree whatsoever the severity of this time that shall come upon the earth." - J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come
"Try to define the Trinity and you'll lose your mind. Deny it and you'll lose your soul." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
"We are to be brothers without being twins." - Dr. Adrian Rogers
● 19 out of 25 persons who have accepted Christ did so before 25 years of age.
● After 25 years old 1 out of 10,000 accept Christ.
● After 35 years old 1 out of 50,000 accept Christ.
● After 45 years old 1 out of 200,000 accept Christ.
● After 55 years old 1 out of 300,000 accept Christ.
● After 65 years old 1 out of 500,000 accept Christ.
● After 75 years old 1 out of 700,000 accept Christ.
● After 85 years old 1 out of 800,000 accept Christ.
Here's how the earlier numbers break down percentage-wise:
Age Range of Conversion % who experience salvation within that age range
5 to 13 years 32%
14 to 18 years 4%
over 19 years 6%
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external of internal invader.” – Samuel Adams
“Virtue, like art, constantly deals with what is hard to do, and the harder the task the better the success.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, c. 340 BC
“A man who is virtuous and a coward has no marketable virtue about him.” – Woodrow Wilson, address, Oct. 1914
“Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.” – Francis Bacon
“Do not think that you have acquired virtue, unless you have struggled for it to the point of shedding your blood.” – Evagrius of Pontus
“The first step to virtue, is to love virtue in another man.” – Thomas Fuller
“To be proud of virtue is to poison yourself with the antidote.” – Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1758
“Where there is no temptation, there can be little claim to virtue.” – William H. Prescott, The Conquest of Peru, 1847
“Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from doing harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.” – Samuel Butler
“There is a strange tendency in men and women to lay claim to the more exalted Christian virtues without having acquired the basic ones.” – John Middleton Murry, Not As The Scribes, 1959
“You can save a lot of time waiting on God.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“We set the sail; God makes the wind.” – Dr. Adrian Rogers
“In human warfare, it has been too often true that those who fought to make a country in which heroes might live found that that same country had become a place where heroes might starve.” – William Barclay
“Video game addiction is about four times more common among boys than girls. The average American boy spends 13 hours a week absorbed in video games, compared to five hours for the average girl. Half of college students admit that video games preempt their studies ‘some’ or ‘a lot.’ By the time the average American youth reaches drinking age, he will have devoted 10,000 hours to gaming – enough time to have earned two bachelor's degrees.” – Joel Hilliker, The incredible Shrinking Man, March 2013 article, The Philadelphia Trumpet
“Wealth can be a god, and as such it must be set aside if one is to follow God.” – R.C. Sproul
“If people are well supplied with this world’s goods, they are very apt to think that they can cope with any situation which may arise.” – William Barclay
“The basis of all Christianity is an urgent sense of need; when people have many things on earth, they are in danger of thinking that they do not need God; when they have few things on earth, they are often driven to God because they have nowhere else to go.” – William Barclay
There are four groups who experience wealth for various reasons:
- There are those who are wealthy because of crookedness and unscrupulous acts toward people.
- There are those who are wealthy because they have been industrious and have engaged in good stewardship of their wealth, not squandering it in wasteful consumption.
- There are those who are wealthy because of inheritance.
- There are those who are wealthy because their lives are blessable by God Almighty.
Will of God:
“I never remember . . . a period . . . that I ever sincerely and patiently sought to know the will of God by the teaching of the Holy Ghost, through the instrumentality of the Word of God, but I have been always directed rightly. But if honesty of heart and uprightness before God were lacking, or if I did not patiently wait upon God for instruction, or if I preferred the counsel of my fellow men to the declarations of the Word of the Living God, I made great mistakes.” – George Mueller
Mueller had six basic steps to discern God’s heart:
a. I seek at the beginning to get my heart in such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the trouble with people is generally just here. Nin-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the knowledge of what His will is.
b. Having done this, I do not leave the result to feeling or simple impression. If so, I make myself liable to great delusions.
c. I seek the will of the Spirit of God through, or in connection with, the Word of God. The Spirit and the Word must be combined. If I look to the Spirit alone without the Word, I lay myself open to great delusions also. If the Holy Ghost guides us at all, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never contrary to them.
d. Next I take into account providential circumstances. These often plainly indicate God’s will in connection with His Word and Spirit.
e. I ask God in prayer to reveal His will to me aright.
f. Thus, (1) through prayer to God, (2) the study of the Word, and (3) reflection, I come to deliberate judgment according to the best of my ability and knowledge, and if my mind is thus at peace, and continues so after two or three more petitions, I proceed accordingly.
Characteristics of wolves - taken from The Wolves in Your Church by Handley Milby
a. Most wolves run in packs and all packs have a system of government.
b. It is the nature of every wolf to howl and the wold fill not howl unless he can raise his dignified head and point his nose to the sky.
c. It has been proven the wolves can sense and read fear, bravery and other emotions in humans and animals.
d. There are frequent fights in the wolf pack to get and keep the chain of authority in the group at the desired level.
e. Wolves will only live and work where game is available.
f. Wolves can detect a diseased animal long before it is obvious to the eyes of even a trained observer.
g. Wolves will swallow food at the kill site and then go back to the den and vomit it up to the pups and sometimes other members of the pack that are too weak to hunt for their own food.
"If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family." - Ruby Manikan
"When a woman behaves like a man, why doesn't she behave like a nice man?" - Edith Evans
"Whether women are better than men I cannot say - but I can say they are certainly no worse." - Golda Meir
"A man of quality is never threatened by a woman of equality." - Jill Briscoe
Word of God, The:
“We take the ground, the Sun needs no critic. When he shines, he shines the Sun – and so each word of God. We take the open ground that a single stray leaf of God's Word found by the wayside by a pure savage – let it be the eighth chapter of John for instance – that single stray leaf will so speak to that Savage, if he can read it, that if he never heard or saw one syllable of the Bible before, that single leaf will shine all over to him, cry out ‘God!’” – David Otis Fuller, D.D., Which Bible, p. 110
“I Thank thee, O Lord, my God, that thou hast given me my lot with those who sit in the house of learning, and not with those who sit at the street corners; for I am early to work and they are early to work; I am early to work on the things of the Torah, and they are early to work on things of no moment. I weary myself, and they weary themselves; I weary myself and profit thereby, and they weary themselves to no profit. I run, and they run; I run towards the life of the age to come, and they run towards the pit of destruction.” - An Old Rabbi's Prayer
"I’m tired because I’m overworked. The population of this country is 200 million. 84 million are retired. That leaves 116 million to do the work. There are 75 million in school, which leaves 41 million to do the work. Of this total there are 22 million employed by the government. That leaves 19 million to do the work. 4 million are in the armed forces, that leaves 15 million to do the work. Take from that 14,800,000 people who work for the state and city governments and that leaves 200,000 to do the work. There are 188,000 in hospitals, so that leaves 12,000 to do the work. Now there are 11,998 people in prisons. That leaves 2 people to do the work. You and me. And you’re standing there reading this. No wonder I’m tired." - Anonymous
Amazing Works (to the tune of Amazing Grace)
Excessive works! How sweaty the sound
That came from the god in me!
I once was bad, but now I’m good
Thanks to my sincerity.
‘Twas works that earned my place with God
And deeds that made Him smile.
How long I toiled and proved my worth
And trudged that second mile.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years
Being paid our hard-earned fun,
We’ve no less days to sing our praise
And boast of all we’d done!
"Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles." - Source Unknown
"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow." - Swedish Proverb
"Anxiety comes from strain, and strain is caused by too complete a dependance on ourselves, on our devices, our own plans, our on idea of what we are able to do." - Thomas Merton
"The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith and the beginning of faith is the end of anxiety." - George Muller
"Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow - only today of its strength." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"What may be, may not be." - Scottish Proverb
"Anxiety is not only a pain which we must ask God to assuage, but also a weakness we must ask Him to pardon - for He's told us to take no care for the morrow." - Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis
"Worry is an intrusion into God's providence." - John Edmund Haggai
"Anxiety is the intrest paid on trouble before it's due." - William Ralph Inge
“A young person’s peers quickly become the most important opinion-makers in his life, and peer pressure, once establish
“There is constant pressure on the church and believers to keep up with the world. And it is sad that much of that pressure comes from other believers. But the Word of God does not change with culture, and if it is to be our final authority, it demands that we nail down some doctrines and convictions and never waver from them. A great problem we face in our younger generations is shallow spirituality. Most of our young people are products of culture, not biblical thinking, and it is the cry of my heart for our young people to develop some stronger convictions than the average Christian and to be resolute in their faith.” – Dr. Tim Fellure, Victory Baptist Press Newsletter, (July-August, 2013)