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The Christian religion is, above all the religions that ever prevailed or existed in ancient or modern times, the religion of wisdom, virtue, equity and humanity.  -John Adams

The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.  ~ John Adams

[I]t is religion and morality alone which can establish the principles upon which freedom can securely stand. The only foundation of a free constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People in a greater Measure, than they have it now, they may change their Rulers and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty.  – John Adams

The Sermon on the Mount commends me to lay up for myself treasures, not on earth, but in Heaven.  My hopes of a future life are all founded upon the Gospel of Christ.   ~ John Quincy Adams

The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.    ~ John Quincy Adams

The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the Divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth…    ~ John Quincy Adams

So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society.  – John Quincy Adams

I encourage you to be in prayer for your Muslim neighbors, for our elected officials, for our nation, and most of all for the Church to get out of American Christianity and return to Biblical Christianity. Please always remember, that we are fighting a winnable war. Jesus is on our side. Elijah Abraham

Many Christians dread the thought of leaving this world. Why? Because so many have stored up their treasures on earth, not in heaven. Each day brings us closer to death. If your treasures are on earth, that means each day brings you closer to losing your treasures.   – Randy Alcorn

Perhaps God brings us to the end of our resources so we can discover the vastness of His.  ~ Neil Anderson

If God wants something done, can it be done? I am personally convinced that no goal God has for my life is impossible, uncertain, nor can it be blocked.  ~ Neil T. Anderson

Are you weak?  Weary?  Confused?  Troubled?  How is your relationship with God?  Is it held in its place of priority?  I believe the greater the pressure, the greater your need for time alone with Him.  ~ Kay Arthur

Victories in life come through our ability to work around and over the obstacles that cross our path. We grow stronger as we climb our own mountains.  – Marvin J. Ashton

God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you. -Augustine

If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.    ~ Augustine

The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.   – Augustine

He who created us without our help will not save us without our consent.   –Augustine

It is easy to want things from the Lord and yet not want the Lord Himself, as though the gift could ever be preferable to the Giver.  Augustine                                                                                                                         

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Salvation is not putting a man into heaven but putting heaven into a man.   ~ Maltbie D. Babcock

If we are going to wait until every possible hindrance has been removed before we do a work for the Lord, we will never attempt anything.  ~ T.J. Bach

One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement… Many a time a word of praise or thanks or appreciation has kept a man on his feet.  Blessed is the person who speaks such a word.  –William Barclay

I take the love of God and self-denial to be the sum of all saving grace and religion.  -Richard Baxter

Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans, on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side, disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God. – Henry Ward Beecher

Sink the Bible to the bottom of the ocean, and still man’s obligation to God would be unchanged. He would have the same path to tread, only his lamp and his guide would be done…  -Henry Ward Beecher

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will and the other from a strong won’t. –Henry Ward Beecher

Living is death; dying is life. On this side of the grave we are exiles, on that, citizens; on this side, orphans, on that, children; on this side, captives; on that, freemen; on this side, disguised, unknown; on that, disclosed and proclaimed as the sons of God. – Henry Ward Beecher

There are times in our Christian life when we cannot see beyond the next step and we have to trust God.   ~ Alistair Begg

When a man or woman is born again by the Spirit of God they will give evidence of it in part by striving to live a holy life.   ~ Alistair Begg

When you meet opposition to your faith, your first reaction may be anger toward your antagonist. This may divert your attention from the deeper, spiritual dimensions of your conflict. Your adversary may be hopelessly in bondage to sin. Rather than retaliating, you should immediately and earnestly intercede for that person. Your opponent’s hostility is your invitation to become involved in God’s redemptive work to free him or her from spiritual bondage. Be alert to the spiritual warfare around you.  Henry Blackaby

If you feel weak, limited, ordinary, you are the best material through which God can work.    ~ Henry Blackaby

If the heart is devoted to the mirage of the world, to the creature instead of the Creator, the disciple is lost… However urgently Jesus may call us, His call fails to find access to our hearts… for they have already been given to another.   – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak; not to act is to act. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.  ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The deceit, the lie of the Devil consists of this; that he wishes to make man believe that he can live without God’s Word.  ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

He who fears the face of God does not fear the face of man. He who fears the face of man does not fear the face of God.    – Dietrich Bonhoffer

I believe that God both wills and is able to bring good out of everything, even the worst… I believe that even our mistakes and wrongdoing are not fruitless…    ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.  It empties today of its strength.    ~ Corrie ten Boom

Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred.  It breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.    ~ Corrie ten Boom

What a sad mistake we sometimes make when we think that God only cares about Christians.    ~ Corrie ten Boom

I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.    ~ Corrie ten Boom

Any concern too small to be a prayer is too small to be a burden.  ~ Corrie ten Boom

You are not in the world for yourself.  You have been sent here for others.  The world is waiting for you! ~ Catherine Booth

Evangelicals in America are not pro-life, they’re just anti-abortion; just look at our birth-rates.  ~ Voddie Baucham

God loves with a great love the man whose heart is bursting with a passion for the impossible.   ~ William Booth, Salvation Army

Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin.  Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.  ~ William Booth

Do not despise the season of preparation. Though it be long, God is building a foundation which can support a work that will reap eternal results and reward. Hang in there! God uses the ordinary to do the extraordinary.  -Benjamin Bennett

I had not discoursed long when the congregation melted into tears… a little boy about seven or eight years of age cried out exceeding piteously indeed and wept as though his little heart would break. I asked the little boy what he cried for. He answered ‘my sins!’ I then asked him what he wanted. He answered, ‘Christ!’ …Many of the assembled were deeply affected, groaning and sobbing;  -William Bramwell

If there is not at least a yearning in our hearts to live a holy life pleasing to God, we need to seriously question whether our faith in Christ is genuine. ~ Jerry Bridges

Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks.  Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you yourself shall be a miracle.  – Phillips Brooks 

God intends and expects marriage to be a lifetime commitment between a man and a woman, based on the principles of biblical love.  The relationship between Jesus Christ and His church is the supreme example of the committed love that a husband and wife are to follow in their relationship with each other.   John C. Broger

We must go back to the doctrines. I fear that the new generation does not know the doctrines as our fathers knew them.  John A. Broadus

To the extent that we trust, rely on, revere, and obey the Bible rather than that wisdom of this world, we will honor God and grow in spiritual maturity.    ~ Barney Browne

Prayer is far-reaching in its influence and worldwide in its effects. It affects all men, affects them everywhere, and affects them in all things. It touches man’s interest in time and eternity. It lays hold upon God and moves Him to interfere in the affairs of earth. It moves the angels to minister to men in this life. It restrains and defeats the devil in his schemes to ruin man. Prayer goes everywhere and lays its hand upon everything. E. M. Bounds

God requires to be represented by a fiery Church… two things are intolerable to Him–insincerity and lukewarmness.    ~ E.M. Bounds

Prayer is the lungs through which holiness breathes. Prayer is not only the language of spiritual life, but also makes its very essence and forms its real character. O for a faith that will not shrink though pressed by every foe; That will not tremble on the brink of any earthly woe. Lord, give us such a faith as this… whatever may come… -E.M. Bounds

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.   ~ Edmund Burke

I do believe that if we wholeheartedly pursue Christ and remain a “blank page” for Him to write His desires on, we will find fruitfulness and joy and be able to make a contribution to His Kingdom that will benefit others.   – David Bush

The thought of Oprah and Rob Bell having a televised sit down so that they can teach us all more about God is about as reasonable as Miley Cyrus and Howard Stern co-hosting a symposium on modesty. Another thing that Oprah, Baal, Miley, and Howard have in common is that they are *incredibly* popular in a God-hating world. –Scott Alan Buss

The good things realized by a return to conservative governing principles are only of lasting, genuine benefit insofar as they are shaped and linked to our understanding of Christ and His perfect Word…. We of all people should know that true and lasting success cannot be realized any other way. As Christ and the Gospel have been marginalized in our society, liberalism has metastasized…  Only when Christ and the Word of God are exalted in all areas of life (and yes folks, that includes the politi­cal) by those who claim Him as Lord can there be any real hope of reversing the cultural plunge that has come to America.  –Scott Alan Buss

We must persevere, stand in the gap, and battle the evil in our land without fainting, until the tide of revival changes our hearts and the hearts of our countrymen. ~ Rev. Pierre Bynum

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You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving.  – Amy Carmichael

If I am perturbed by the reproach and misunderstanding that may follow action taken for the good of souls for whom I must give account; if I cannot commit the matter and go on in peace and in silence, remembering Gethsemane and the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.   Amy Carmichael

Give me the love that leads the way, The faith that nothing can dismay, The hope no disappointments tire, The passion that will burn like fire; Let me not sink to be a clod: Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God!  – Amy Carmichael

Let us consider this settled, that no one has made progress in the school of Christ who does not joyfully await the day of death and final resurrection. – John Calvin

Whomsoever the Lord has adopted and deemed worthy of His fellowship ought to prepare themselves for a hard, toilsome, and unquiet life, crammed with very many and various kinds of evil.  ~ John Calvin

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.  -John Calvin       

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet remained silent.   ~ John Calvin

Jesus first of all, loves His Father in heaven and would never compromise the message that sinners must be delivered or be damned. That is the reason Jesus came to earth—to save sinners. ~ Kirk Cameron

We know that God disciplines His children, and that testing, suffering, and persecution come to us from Heaven to stretch, grow, and mature us into the men and women God intends to make us… If we keep this in mind when hard times fall, it can be a real source of joy in the fire… ~ Kirk Cameron

Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.  Charles Carroll

Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ Our Lord, He had conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation and on myself in permitting me, under circumstances of mercy, to live to the age of 89 years, and to survive the fiftieth year of independence, adopted by Congress on the 4th of July 1776…  Charles Carroll

I, Charles Carroll. . . . give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it, my body to the earth, hoping that through and by the merits, sufferings, and mediation of my only Savior and Jesus Christ, I may be admitted into the Kingdom prepared by God for those who love, fear and truly serve Him.  –Charles Carroll

Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.   ~ Francis Chan

When we suffer, there will sometimes be mystery. Will there also be faith? Yes, if our attention is focused more on the cross, and on the God of the cross, than on the suffering itself.  ~ D.A. Carson

People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated. D.A. Carson

When someone thinks that to develop a holy life he must always be alone with God, he is no longer of any use to others.     ~ Oswald Chambers

To be ‘in the will of God’ is not a matter of intellectual discernment, but a state of heart. – Oswald Chambers

When we say “Thy will be done,” do we say it with a sigh? If so, we have never realized that the character of God is holy love; nothing can ever happen outside His purposeful will.      ~ Oswald Chambers

Jesus said, ‘Go … and make disciples,’ not converts to your opinions.  – Oswald Chambers

Never water down the word of God, preach it in its undiluted sternness; there must be unflinching loyalty to the word of God; but when you come to personal dealing with your fellow men, remember who you are – not a special being made up in heaven, but a sinner saved by grace.  -Oswald Chambers

All of heaven is interested in the cross of Christ, hell afraid of it, while men are the only ones to ignore its meaning.   ~ Oswald Chambers

It is a shameful thing for a Christian to talk about “getting” the victory.  The Victor ought to have us so completely that it’s His victory all the time.  – Oswald Chambers

Perseverance is more than endurance. It is endurance combined with absolute assurance and certainty that what we are looking for is going to happen.  Oswald Chambers

Have you given your child unreservedly to the Lord for whatever He will? …O may He strengthen you to say YES to Him if He asks something which costs.  – Amy Carmichael

A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.  ~ G.K. Chesterton

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. -G.K. Chesterton

The historic glory of America lies in the fact that it is the one nation that was founded like a church. That is, it was founded on a faith that was not merely summed up after it had exited, but was defined before it existed.  – G. K. Chesterton

Men rush toward complexity; but yearn for simplicity.   – G. K. Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting;  it has been found difficult and left untried.  ~ G. K. Chesterton                      

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. -Winston Churchill

Comparing Jesus with history’s greatest of human leaders is like comparing the sun to a flashlight with no batteries.   ~ Ray Comfort

“We need to pray for our nation like never before, and then put legs to our prayers and preach the gospel to a sin-loving and Hell-bound world. To pray for America and at the same time ignore that command to preach the gospel to every creature, is nothing but empty hypocrisy. It is to honor God with our lips and have cold hearts that are far from Him. May He give us a love that moves us from the pews into the streets, and from our homes into our universities. God save us from the cozy comfort of lukewarm contemporary Christianity.  -Ray Comfort 

Christianity doesn’t offer a smooth flight; it provides a safe landing. The promise of Jesus is not one of happiness, He promises righteousness.  Ray Comfort

So we are mocked by this world when we speak of God’s coming judgment against all sin, and when we plead that sinners come to the Savior to avoid Hell. But we can’t give up because our task is irksome, or because we are mocked. Neither can we live self-indulgent lives, because our convictions aren’t based on some man-made and fallible calculations. They are based on the immutability of the Word of God. Ray Comfort 

Satan dreads nothing but prayer… He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.   -Samuel Chadwick

Knowing that we are fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that really gives rest to the restless human heart.    ~ Chuck Colson

God doesn’t want our success; He wants us. He doesn’t demand our achievements; He demands our obedience. – Chuck Colson

The foundations of our society and our government rest so much on the teachings of the Bible that it would be difficult to support them if faith in these teachings would cease to be practically universal in our country.  ~ Calvin Coolidge

Anything that dims my vision for Christ, or takes away my taste for Bible study, or cramps me in my prayer life, or makes Christian work difficult, is wrong for me; and I must, as a Christian turn away from it.  ~ J. Wilbur Chapman

Many of us place top priority not on becoming Christ like in the middle of our problems but on finding happiness…. I must firmly and consciously by an act of my will reject the goal of becoming happy and adopt the goal of becoming more like the Lord…     Larry Crabb

The work of God can only be carried on by the power of God.  The church is a spiritual organism fighting spiritual battles: only spiritual power can make it perform as God ordained.    ~ Jim Cymbala

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If you found a cure for cancer, wouldn’t it be inconceivable to hide it from the rest of mankind? How much more inconceivable to keep silent the cure from the eternal wages of death.  – Dave Davidson

If you are rushed for time, sow time and you will reap time. Go to church and spend a quiet hour in prayer. You will have more time than ever and your work will get done. Sow time with the poor. Sit and listen to them, give them your time lavishly. You will reap time a hundredfold.  -Dorothy Day

For the Christian, joy is not the absence of suffering and adversity, but the nearness of God in our adversity.   Bob Deffinbaugh

The only way that we may overcome the world is by coming unto Christ. And coming to Christ means walking away from the world.  ~ Sheri L. Dew

Missions is practicing God’s presence until His passion compels us to obey. – Ann Dunagan

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Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. Jonathan Edwards

God is the highest good of the reasonable creature. The enjoyment of him is our proper; and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any, or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but the enjoyment of God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops, but God is the ocean. Jonathan Edwards

Resolved, never to do anything which I would be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. Jonathan Edwards

I resolve to endeavor to my utmost to act and think as if I had already seen the happiness of heaven and the torments of hell.   ~ Jonathan Edwards

I find that my walk with God is most stagnate when I’m no longer trembling before God’s Word, but rather yawning as I stare at the words on the pages because I’ve grown self-absorbed, bored with God as I’m too familiar with him and focused on “my kingdom come” instead of “Thy Kingdom come.”  Alex Early

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.  Jim Elliot

Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.   Jim Elliot

Always seek peace between your heart and God, but in this world, always be careful to remain ever-restless, never satisfied, and always abounding in the work of the Lord.  -Jim Elliot

When it comes time to die, make sure that all you have to do is die.  -Jim Elliot

This hard place in which you perhaps find yourself is the very place in which God is giving you opportunity to look only to Him, to spend time in prayer, and to learn long-suffering, gentleness, meekness – in short, to learn the depths of the love that Christ Himself has poured out on all of us.  -Elisabeth Elliot

Loneliness comes over us sometimes as a sudden tide. It is one of the terms of our humanness, and, in a sense, therefore, incurable. Yet I have found peace in my loneliest times not only through acceptance of the situation, but through making it an offering to God, who can transfigure it into something for the good of others.  -Elisabeth Elliot

If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine! -Elisabeth Elliot

I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.  -Elisabeth Elliot

Holiness has never been the driving force of the majority. It is, however, mandatory for anyone who wants to enter the kingdom. -Elisabeth Elliot

We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.  -Elisabeth Elliot

So often we give God a partial obedience.  We do not dare to disobey, but we do not care to obey fully.  So we compromise.  We do some of what we should, thus removing the stigma of disobedience.  But we refrain from the most difficult or objectionable or uncomfortable part, and thus try to get the best of both worlds.    ~ Ebenezer Erskine

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Should we feel at times disheartened and discouraged, a simple movement of heart toward God will renew our powers. Whatever he may demand of us, he will give us at the moment the strength and courage that we need. – François Fénelon

God never ceases to speak to us, but the noise of the world without and the tumult of our passions within bewilder us and prevent us from listening to him. -Francois Fenelon

How often God visited the Jewish Church with judgments because they would not repent and be revived at the call of His prophets! How often have we seen Churches, and even whole denominations, cursed with a curse, because they would not wake up and seek the Lord…  ~ Charles Finney

Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God.   It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility.  ~ Charles G. Finney

The time has come that Christians must vote for honest men, and take consistent ground in politics or the Lord will curse them… Christians have been exceedingly guilty in this matter. But the time has come when they must act differently… God will bless or curse this nation, according to the course Christians take. – Charles G. Finney

No man can possibly be benevolent or religious, to the full extent of his obligations, without concerning himself, to a greater or less extent, with the affairs of human government.  –Charles Finney

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.  –Charles Finney

Though we share a common Constitution, country and culture, Americans are greatly divided over many issues, but none more important than the person of Jesus Christ. Either people accept and advance biblical truth, or they refuse and resist it. There is no neutral ground, but some Christians are trying to live with one foot in church and one in the world.   -David Fiorazo

When God is blotted out of education and government, immorality increases. Sin creates an atmosphere and an environment for more evil. If sin is not dealt with according to the Bible, it will infect everything in its path and will fertilize a culture of corruption. –David Fiorazo

When we love the truth, we will be offended when others trample all over it. The Bible must be top priority in our lives. The better we know truth, the quicker we will recognize a counterfeit.  –David Fiorazo

Jesus Christ lived a radical, counter-cultural life. He obeyed God the Father and transformed the world. He overcame the power of the enemy. Jesus relentlessly resisted sin, opposed legalism, and confronted hypocrisy. He loved unconditionally, he forgave freely, and he sacrificed himself completely. He spoke the truth boldly, exhibited humility, and lived with integrity. He is the Light of the world. He is our standard and our goal; the only way to the Father. Following his example may cause people to ridicule and hate us. What an honor!  – David Fiorazo

Are we ambassadors for Christ or are we closet Christians? We cannot remain neutral any longer. The lines have been drawn in the sand. Take up your positions or hide under a table. One thing is certain: silence never saved anybody.  David Fiorazo

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.    ~ Robert Flatt

Work as if you were to live a hundred years.  Pray as if you were to die tomorrow. – Benjamin Franklin

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.  Benjamin Franklin

The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth, that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’  – Benjamin Franklin

As to Jesus of Nazareth, my opinion of whom you particularly desire, I think the system of morals and His religion as He left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see.  –Benjamin Franklin

This issue of the church’s utter dependency upon Christ is absolutely, irrevocably central to God’s plan. The power that is to flow from the church is not inherently within the church; it is to issue through us from the relationship with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. Our spirituality is measured not in human attainments, but in the measure of our dependency upon Who Jesus becomes to us. Virtue, true righteousness, is not discovered in our accomplishments, but our abandonment to Christ. Thus, our failures can actually become more valuable than our successes, for in reaching, yet falling, we break, and in brokenness we are cast more desperately upon the mercies of God. Francis Frangipane

No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated and disciplined.  ~ Harry E. Fosdick

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Some of the greatest spiritual revivals in the past occurred just when the situation seemed to be the darkest.  In the history of our own nation, for example, countless thousands turned to Christ during the darkest days of the Civil War, setting the stage for national reconciliation later on.   -Billy Graham

God’s holiness demands that sin be punished – but God’s love has provided the way of redemption through Christ.    ~ Billy Graham

For the Christian, all is not hopeless unless his affections are centered on the things of this world.    ~ Billy Graham

If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals.  Billy Graham

If we fail to solve this moral and spiritual crisis we may be doomed like the great nations of the past.    ~ Billy Graham

A compass is narrow-minded—it always points to the magnetic north… We must discipline ourselves, personally, to fight any deviation from the course Jesus set for us.  We cannot be tolerant of any other course.   ~ Billy Graham

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

Secularism and communism are the same thing,” he said. “They’re godless. They’re anti-Christ. So now we have the secularists who’ve taken control of our country. They’ve taken control of Washington. They’ve taken control our city governments, our local governments, our school boards all across the country, and we have just sat back. It’s happened and we haven’t even realized it’s happened.  Franklin Graham

The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption.  -James Garfield

How’s this seeker-sensitivity, which sounded good, worked out for us? Are our communities more righteous? Or less so? Fifty years ago, people understood that killing a baby in the womb is wrong. Preach that today, and you’re being ‘too political.’ Say homosexual behavior is unacceptable, or that marriage means one man and one woman: again, you’re too political. What has happened?   -Jim Garlow

How many times have we had to reach the end of our own resources before we remembered to trust in God, the one steadfast resource of our lives? We’re all in need of a spiritual exodus day by day. When our faith causes difficulties, our first response is to fall back on our familiar resources-people, things, self – and only when these do not help can we truly lean only upon God for our needs.   -Joel Gregory

This generation of believers is responsible for this generation of souls on the earth!    ~ Keith Green

When church is over and there’s no one there to listen except the only One who matters, do you still have that same passionate joy in your spirit, just to be alone with the Living God?   ~ Keith Green

That’s what lordship is – Christ reigning as supreme authority over our life.  Making Jesus Lord of our life is not something passive.  It’s not a state of being, it’s a state of doing. Those whom Jesus recognizes as His own are those who do the will of His Father in heaven.   ~ Keith Green 

Before we look at how we make Jesus Lord, we need to see what it is we mean when we talk about lordship.  To make Jesus Lord of our life means to surrender control of every area of our life to Him.  Those whom Jesus recognizes as His own are those who do the will of His Father in heaven. ~ Keith Green

Take a stand. Tell the Truth. Be Bold. Have Hope. Trust God. Make it about Him, not you. Be the difference. He will honor it. ~ Terri Green

According to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.  ~ Dr. Simon Greenleaf

It is the image of God reflected in you that so enrages hell; it is this at which the demons hurl their mightiest weapons. – William Gurnall

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I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  What I can do I should do, and with the help of God, I will do.    ~ Edward Everett Hale

The resurrection of Jesus changes the face of death for all His people. Death is no longer a prison, but a passage into God’s presence.  Easter says you can put truth in a grace but it won’t stay there.   ~ Clarence W. Halle

It is the duty of the Christian scholar to look difficulties and objections squarely in the face. Nothing is to be gained by overlooking, evading or shrinking from them. Truth has no cause to fear scrutiny, however rigid and searching.  John W. Haley

Christian faith-the faith that counts – is that which depends on God – no matter what circumstances are like.  This is faith in God, Himself – faith in God’s character – faith in God’s integrity.   ~ Richard C. Halverson

I have carefully examined the evidences of the Christian religion, and if I was sitting as a juror upon its authenticity, I would unhesitatingly give my verdict in its favor.  I can prove its truth as clearly as any proposition ever submitted to the mind of man.  ~ Alexander Hamilton

We recognize no Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus.  -John Hancock

Salt seasons, purifies, preserves. But somebody ought to remind us that salt also irritates. Real living Christianity rubs this world the wrong way. – Vance Havner

You can’t preach it like it is if you don’t believe it like it was.  Vance Havner

The devil’s not fighting churches today, he’s joining churches.  -Vance Havner

When I pastored a country church, a farmer didn’t like the sermons I preached on hell.  He said, ‘Preach about the meek and lowly Jesus.’   I said, ‘That’s where I got my information about hell.’   ~ Vance Havner

What we call revival is simply a return to normal New testament Christianity.     ~ Vance Havner

It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.  For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.  ~ Patrick Henry

Being a Christian… is a character which I prize far above all this world has or can boast. The Bible… is a book worth more than all the other books that were ever printed.  –Patrick Henry

Were my soul trembling on the wing of eternity, were this hand freezing to death, were my voice choking with the last struggle, I would still, with the last gasp of that voice, implore you to remember the truth: God has given America to be free. – Patrick Henry

Righteousness alone can exalt America as a nation. Whoever thou art, remember this; and in thy sphere practice virtue thyself, and encourage it in others.  –Patrick Henry

Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the Holy cause of Liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. – Patrick Henry

This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.  –Patrick Henry

There’s Christianity and then there’s everything else. The first relies on God’s Word. The rest relies on man’s. Not a tough choice for me.  Peter Heck

When government takes from some & gives to others, it isn’t compassion. It’s theft. Jesus never advocated theft. Peter Heck

A comprehensive and centralized system of national education, separated from religion, as is now commonly proposed, will prove the most appalling enginery for the propagation of anti-Christian and atheistic unbelief which the sin rent world has ever seen.  ~ A. A. Hodge

The doctrines of grace humble a man without degrading him and exalt him without inflating him.   ~ Charles Hodge

God calls us to duty, and the only right answer is obedience…whether we ourselves get enjoyment and blessing from the task or not, the call must be obeyed…It is better to obey blunderingly than not to obey at all.   ~ George Hodges

The will of God is found in the Word of God.  The more a person grows, the more he begins to think instinctively and habitually from a divine perspective.    ~ Howard G. Hendricks

God never sent a messenger with an empty envelope. ~ Joel Horne

Robert Louis Stevenson, one evening, stood transfixed at his nursery window watching the lamplighter in the street.  When his nanny asked the boy what he was doing he replied:  ‘I’m watching the man knocking holes in the darkness.’ We live in a universe made dark by sin.  Let’s knock holes in the darkness.     ~ Selwyn Hughes

When I go to the grave, I cannot say ‘My life is done.’  My work will recommence the next morning.  The tomb is not a blind alley; it is a thoroughfare.  It closes upon the twilight, but it opens upon the dawn. – Victor Hugo

I accept the Bible as the infallible Word given to us by God. -Samuel Huntington, Signer of our Declaration of Independence

God is not looking for brilliant men, …is not shut up to the use of talented men in sending His Gospel out in the world. God is looking for the broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the Cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men … whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God.  H.A. Ironside

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The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.  –John Jay

Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.  –John Jay

No human society has ever been able to maintain both order and freedom, both cohesiveness and liberty apart from the moral precepts of the Christian religion… should our republic ever forget this fundamental precept of governance this great experiment will then be surely doomed.  -John Jay

Unto Him who is the author and giver of all good, I render sincere and humble thanks for His manifold and unmerited blessings, and especially for our redemption and salvation by His beloved Son. . . . Blessed be His holy name.  –John Jay

That book, sir, is the Rock on which our Republic rests.  Andrew Jackson

The Lord is in control. Nothing alarms Him, or takes Him by surprise.  Nothing is too big for Him to handle, or so small it escapes His attention. When the winds of my world begin to blow, He remains seated.   ~ Ronald James

I am a Christian in the only sense in which He wished anyone to be: sincerely attached to His doctrines in preference to all others.  –Thomas Jefferson

God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.  -Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.  –Thomas Jefferson

To forsake Christ for the world, is to leave a treasure for a trifle … eternity for a moment, reality for a shadow.  William Jenkyn

I learned to pray out of desperation. For most of us, this is how the adventure usually begins. When we finally get serious about prayer, the trigger is usually desperation, not duty…. We don’t pray because we ought, we pray because we are without any other recourse.    ~ David Jeremiah

Against the backdrop of people who avoid work, cut corners, and do half-hearted jobs, a diligent man stands out. Practicing diligence is an excellent way to stand out for Christ at home, in the workplace, and even at church. Today, complete each one of your tasks, however big or small, with diligence.   ~ David Jeremiah

There is a moral and spiritual war for the souls of Americans. And this war must be waged by preaching the Gospel, prayer, and obedience to God’s Word.  –David Jeremiah

Loving the world destroys our relationship with God, it denies our faith in God, and it discounts our future with God.  –David Jeremiah

If we only desire a small piece of God in our lives, we will similarly have only that same measure of His peace in them.  -Brian G. Jett

People of character do the right thing even if no one else does; not because they think it will change the world, but because they refuse to be changed by the world.    -Michael Josephson

Let us look forward to the time when we can take the flag of our country and nail it below the Cross, and there let it wave as it waved in the olden times, and let us gather around it and inscribed for our motto: ‘Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever,’ and exclaim, ‘Christ first, our country next!’ – Andrew Johnson

Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness.  ~ Barbara Johnson

The most vital question to ask about all who claim to be Christian is this:  Have they a soul thirst for God?  … Is their life centered on Him?  Do they press forward more and more that they might know Him…  ~ Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The very God whom we have offended has Himself provided the way whereby the offense has been dealt with.  His anger, His wrath against sin and the sinner, has been satisfied, appeased and He therefore can now thus reconcile man unto Himself.     Martyn Lloyd-Jones

To be a Christian is not only to believe the teaching of Christ, and to practice it; it is not only to try to follow the pattern and example of Christ; it is to be so vitally related to Christ that His life and His power are working in us. It is to be “in Christ,” it is for Christ to be in us.  -Martin Lloyd Jones

The church is always to be under the Word; she must be; we must keep her there. You must not assume that because the church started correctly, she will continue so. She did not do so in the New Testament times; she has not done so since. Without being constantly reformed by the Word the church becomes something very different. -Martin Lloyd Jones

First of all, the evangelical is one who is entirely subservient to the Bible. This is true of every evangelical. He is a man of one book; he starts with it; he submits himself to it; this is his authority.  Martin Lloyd Jones

…when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning.  Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.   ~ Martyn L. Jones

Faith is this extraordinary principle which links man to God; faith is this thing that keeps a man from hell and puts him in heaven; it is the connection between this world and the world to come; faith is this mystic astounding thing that can take a man dead in trespasses and sins and make him live as a new being, a new man in Christ Jesus.  Martin Lloyd Jones

Preaching the Word is the primary task of the Church, the primary task of the leaders of the Church, the people who are set in this position of authority; and we must not allow anything to deflect us from this, however good the cause, however great the need.  Martin Lloyd Jones

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Always be ready; always live in such a way that death can never find you unprepared.    ~ Thomas A. Kempis

Worship has been misunderstood as something that arises from a feeling which “comes upon you,” but it is vital that we understand that it is rooted in a conscious act of the will, to serve and obey the Lord Jesus Christ.  -Graham Kendrick

Worse than being blind would be to be able to see but not have any vision. – Helen Keller                                 

God loves America.  When you consider what He went through to bring our forbearers to this magnificent land, and when you realize what He accomplished in bringing forth a new nation on this continent – a government founded on Christian principles…you have to realize that He had a dramatic vision and purpose for this nation.  ~ Dr. D. James Kennedy

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal’.  – Martin Luther King Jr.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The greatest danger the world faces is not radical Islam, but nominal Christianity. Daniel Kolenda

The church is: a conspiracy of love for a dying world, a spy mission into enemy occupied territory ruled by the powers of evil; a prophet from God with the greatest news the world has ever heard, the most life changing and most revolutionary institution that has existed on earth.   ~ Peter Kreeft

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I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.   ~ C. S. Lewis

If we really think that home is elsewhere, why should we not look forward to the arrival?    ~ C.S. Lewis

The only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.  Our charities should pinch and hamper us.  If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little.  ~ C. S. Lewis

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.  ~ C.S. Lewis

There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.  C.S. Lewis

There is no neutral ground in the universe; every square inch, every split second is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan. ~ C.S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. – C.S. Lewis

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.  It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.   ~ C.S. Lewis

The strength of our nation lies in the homes of its people.  ~Abraham Lincoln

And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins… and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.   ~ Abraham Lincoln

To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.  ~ Abraham Lincoln

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and pros­perity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us. –Abraham Lincoln

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed our­selves.  – Abraham Lincoln

We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.  ~ Abraham Lincoln        

Listening to God is far more important than giving Him your ideas. –Frank Laubach

May Christ be honored in all things, and may He find us faithful regardless of the cost – and there is always a cost. – James Langteau

We are in a spiritual war every day.  Never forget that.  Men and women of God are called to be faithful and engaged, and the biblical examples remind us that there is always a cost.  Our hearts are broken for all those lost in sin, regardless of the nature of their sin.  ~ James Langteau

Enduring faith, strength, and wisdom for trials are best developed before they’re needed.   -Craig Brian Larson

Loving God more than anyone or anything else is the very foundation of being a disciple. If you want to live your Christian life to its fullest, then love Jesus more than anyone or anything else. -Greg Laurie

Either you will have harmony with God and friction with people, or you will have harmony with people and friction with God.  –Greg Laurie

You become a disciple in the biblical sense only when you are totally and completely committed to Jesus Christ and His Word.  –Greg Laurie

The Bible says that in the last days, there will be people in our churches who are not true believers, among other things. Because of watered-down messages and compromise, people will feel comfortable in certain churches because they are never confronted with their sin.  I believe my job as a pastor is to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.  ~ Pastor Greg Laurie

It seems like things are upside down [in America] as we see right declared as wrong, and wrong as right.  God is not pointing His finger at the Supreme Court, or the White House, or the Capitol.  If you are a Christian, He is looking at you and at me to humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face. He expects us to take action.   – Greg Laurie

We are all flawed messengers.  But we have a perfect message: It is the good news of Jesus Christ… Don’t isolate. Infiltrate. Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church; He said that the church should go to the whole world.    ~ Greg Laurie

I have never received a heavenly dispatch. Rather, I have found that divine guidance often comes as a result of taking steps of faith. And God not only has His will, but He also has His timing for each and every situation. The Bible tells us, ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time’ (Eccl. 3:11). ~ Greg Laurie

Jesus has given me ample resources to meet the spiritual needs of others because He has given me Himself and He has give me His Word. But in order to meet the spiritual needs of the multitude, I have to spend hours alone with Him in the prayerful meditation of His Word so that my spiritual needs are met. -Anne Graham Lotz

Faith is like a tender plant, rooted in Christ alone, watered by the Spirit and the Word, strengthened by the winds of adversity and the sunshine of blessing.  – Anne Graham Lotz

To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether. –Max Lucado

Tragically, some people believe they are going to heaven when they die just because a few drops of water were sprinkled over their heads a few weeks after their birth. They have no personal faith, have never made a personal decision, and are banking on a hollow ceremony to save them. How absurd.  –Max Lucado

I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant.  Max Lucado

Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. Faith is the belief that God will do what is right.  Max Lucado

We’re important, but not essential; valuable, but not indispensable. We have a part in the play, but we are not the main act. A song to sing, but we are not the featured voice. God is.  –Max Lucado

I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.  ~ Martin Luther

The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare God’s law and to show the nature of sin.  ~ Martin Luther

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.     ~ Martin Luther

I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of hell, unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures and engraving them in the heart of the youth.  ~ Martin Luther

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.    ~ Martin Luther

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Cursed be all that learning that is contrary to the cross of Christ.  ~ James Madison

Compromised truth has no hope of rescuing the eternal souls of men and women.  –John MacArthur

Ours is a spiritual battle waged against worldly ideologies and dogmas arrayed against God, and we achieve victory over them only with the weapon of Scripture…    ~ John MacArthur

Belief in Jesus Christ is total identity with Him. There is no such thing as partial belief or partial salvation. A person who does not totally commit himself to Christ disbelieves in Him, no matter how many positive things he may have to say about Him. ~ John MacArthur

Righteous wrath is no less noble than love, since both coexist in God. ~ John MacArthur

The preacher is not a chef; he’s a waiter. God doesn’t want you to make the meal; He just wants you to deliver it to the table without messing it up. That’s all.  ~ John MacArthur

Wherever pragmatism exits in the church, there is always a corresponding de-emphasis on Christ’s sufficiency, God’s sovereignty, biblical integrity, the power of prayer, and Spirit-led ministries. The result is a man-centered ministry that attempts to accomplish divine purposes by superficial programs and human methodology rather than by the Word or the power of the Spirit.  ~ John MacArthur

Repentance needs to be as loud as the sin was.  ~ John MacArthur

We cannot sit by and do nothing while worldly, revisionist, and skeptical attitudes about truth are infiltrating the church…it is every believer’s solemn duty to resist every evil attack on the truth.   ~ John MacArthur

A person who is not being purified from sin has no claim on being saved from it.  ~ John MacArthur

Truth by definition is as fixed and constant as God is immutable.  That is because real truth is the unchanging expression of who God is…  ~ John MacArthur

The church has grown lazy, worldly, and self-satisfied…obsessed with style and methodology, losing interest in the glory of God and becoming grossly apathetic about truth and sound doctrine.          ~ John MacArthur

This is the purpose of pain for the redeemed: it is one of your Father’s ways of speaking to you;  it is the evidence of His limitless love, by which He would draw you farther from evil and closer to Him…   ~ Walter A. Mair 

Neither go back in fear and misgiving to the past, nor in anxiety and forecasting to the future, but lie quiet under His hand, having no will but His.    – H. E. Manning

The choice before us is plain, Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration… The time is come, it now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship.     ~ Peter Marshall

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.    – Peter Marshall

In the name of Jesus Christ, who was never in a hurry, we pray, O God, that You will slow us down, for we know that we live too fast. With all of eternity before us, make us take time to live – time to get acquainted with You, time to enjoy Your blessings, and time for each other. ~ Peter Marshall

When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.    ~ Peter Marshall

Christ imparts the capacity of conquest to our lives every single day that we are willing to believe Him.  -Walter Martin

However, the Bible is called the Word of God because the whole transcript is an inspired, faithful, and infallible record of what God determined essential for us to know about Himself, the cosmos in which we live, our spiritual allies and adversaries, and our fellow man.  -Walter Martin

The moment you enlist in the army of God, you personally become a target. You need to remember that if you’re living for and walking with Jesus Christ, the powers of darkness are aligned against you.  -Walter Martin

When people say, ‘I believe in Jesus’, look them straight in the eye and ask, ‘Which one?’  ~ Dr. Walter Martin

Controversy for it’s own sake is sin; controversy for the sake of truth is a divine mandate.  Walter Martin

There are only two kinds of religion in the world…They all say, “Do, do, do.”  Only Christianity says, “Done.”  Christ has done it all.  – J. Vernon McGee

If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies.  Yet distance makes no difference. He is praying for me.  ~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne  

Do not look down, brooding over your weakness! Do not look back upon your past, strewn with failure! Look up to the living Christ! ~ F. B. Meyer

The tomb of Christ is famous for what it does NOT contain.   ~ Sam Morris

To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. All efforts made to destroy the foundations of our Holy Religion ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.  In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation… in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom… Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government – and all the blessings which flow from them – must fall with them.  –Jedidiah Morse

If this world is going to be reached, I am convinced that it must be done by men and women of average talent. Dwight L. Moody

I’d rather be able to pray than be a great preacher; Jesus Christ never taught his disciples how to preach but only how to pray.    ~ D. L. Moody

Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place.  Put one little tallow candle in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light.  —  Dwight L. Moody      

The Church did the most when the Church was the least like the world. ~ G. Campbell Morgan

These things, good Lord, that we pray for…give us thy grace to labor for.   Thomas Moore

Did you ever think you’d live to see the day when it became popular to not believe in God? This is the growing trend. And as our culture moves further away from God, it is imperative that we as Christians grow even stronger in our faith. ~ Charles Morris

It is impossible to be a true soldier of Jesus Christ and not fight.  ~ J. Gresham Machen

The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the pace held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.  -George Mueller

If no immediate choice has to be made, one should wait. The Lord orders our stops as well as our steps. When the time comes that a decision must be made, one can proceed in the direction that seems best. As you conscientiously seek His guidance, He will not let you make a wrong choice. – George Mueller

It’s not the job of government to help the poor.  The church is the mechanism that God put on earth to help the poor.  ~ Rich Mullins

I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.  –Malcolm Muggeridge

One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.  –Malcolm Muggeridge

Every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message.  –Malcolm Muggeridge

Beware in your prayers, above everything else, of limiting God, not only by unbelief, but by fancying that you know what He can do. Expect unexpected things ‘above all that we ask or think.” ~ Andrew Murray

We have a God who delights in impossibilities.    ~ Andrew Murray

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart–so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. ~ Andrew Murray

I need daily, prayerful fellowship with God if I am to have His thoughts make their home in me.    ~ Andrew Murray

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If the Lord be with us, we have no cause of fear.  His eye is upon us, His arm over us, His ear open to our prayer – His grace sufficient, His promises unchangeable.   ~ John Newton

It is no great matter where we are [in life], provided we see that the Lord has placed us there, and that He is with us.    ~ John Newton

If you would test the character of anything, you only need to enquire whether that thing leads you to God or away from God.  ~ Watchman Nee

Why do so many Christians pray such tiny prayers when their God is so big?    ~ Watchman Nee

Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.  ~ D. T. Niles

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Prayer does not consist in battering the walls of heaven for personal benefit or the success of our plans.  Rather, it’s the committing of ourselves to carrying out God’s purposes.    ~ G. Ashton Oldham

All prayers are answered.  We need to distinguish between a prayer unanswered, and one not answered how or when we would like it to be.  – Lloyd Ogilvie

God sees with utter clarity who we are. He is undeceived as to our warts and wickedness. But when God looks at us that is not all He sees. He also sees who we are intended to be, who we will one day become. ~ John Ortberg

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.  ~George Orwell

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God gets glory when his Son is exalted.  And his Son his exalted when we cherish him above all things.    ~ John Piper

Christ died that we might live.  Abortion kills so that someone might live differently.    ~ John Piper

Fight for us, O God, that we not drift numb and blind and foolish into vain and empty excitements. Life is too short, too precious, too painful to waste on worldly bubbles that burst. Heaven is too great, hell is too horrible, eternity is too long that we should putter around on the porch of eternity.  ~ John Piper

One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.  – John Piper

The strength of patience hangs on our capacity to believe that God is up to something good for us in all our delays and detours. ~ John Piper

If you please man and never please God you have nothing; If you please God and man forsakes you, you have everything.   -Dorothy Patterson

Scripture sees hell as self-chosen. . . Hell appears as God’s gesture of respect for human choice. All receive what they actually chose.  Either to be with God forever, worshipping Him, or without God forever, worshipping themselves.   J. I. Packer

America will never resist abortion until America sees abortion… The pro-life movement is not primarily a response to Roe vs Wade. It is a response to Jesus Christ. Frank Pavone

Some of the greatest satanic activity in the end times will take place in the pulpit.  – Dwight Pentecost

We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves. David Platt

Do you and I believe him (Christ) enough to obey him and to follow him wherever he leads, even when the crowds in our culture – and maybe in our churches – turn the other way?…For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all.  For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.  – David Platt

Satan’s strategies to stop the church will ultimately serve to spread the church. And Satan’s strategies to inflict earthly pain in your life will ultimately serve to increase eternal glory with your God; ‘Light momentary affliction.’ ~ David Platt

We have a tendency sometimes to pick and choose which social issue we’re going to address. That decision is oftentimes based on what’s most comfortable or least costly to us. …we don’t have that option. The same Gospel that compels Christians to fight poverty compels Christians to defend marriage. And the same Gospel that compels Christians to war against sex trafficking compels us to address sexual immorality in all its forms. And if we pick and choose which social issues we’re going to address, our supposed ‘social justice’ actually becomes a selective injustice that misses the heart of the Gospel. David Platt

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car.  -Laurence J. Peter

Waiting means going about our assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and the conclusions.  Eugene Peterson

Under the true, original American View of law and government, all law, and therefore all rights, originate in God. Therefore, what is not in accord with God’s Law is not law. The acknowledgement of this first principle of law and government is foundational to our lives and to our liberties. – Michael Peroutka

Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong even if everyone is for it… -William Penn

Pardon, we beseech Thee, all our offences of omission and commission; and grant that in all our thoughts, words, and actions, we may conform to Thy known will manifested in our consciences and in the revelations of Jesus Christ, our Savior.  –Timothy Pickering

For the Christian church…. to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting. -Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

There is nothing – not any religious or secular body of work – that comes close to the Bible in forming the moral bases of Western civilization and therefore of nearly all moral progress in the world.   ~ Dennis Prager

Let my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart.  – Bob Pierce

We need to be refueled often spiritually.  That renewing fuel is found in Bible reading and prayer.  Just like a fuel tank on the car, we need frequent filling. Lack of fuel causes spiritual weakness and stunted growth.   ~ Verna Pollock

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There’s one thing we need above everything else; it’s something we don’t talk about these days.  We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.     ~ Leonard Ravenhill

Is what you’re living for worth Christ’s dying for?  ~ Leonard Ravenhill

At any point in all of Eternity, we can say, ‘This is just the beginning.’ How wonderful for those who are with Christ. How unimaginably dreadful for those who are not. – Leonard Ravenhill

 If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease? ~ Leonard Ravenhill

Prayer is not an argument with God to persuade him to move things our way, but an exercise by which we are enabled by his Spirit to move ourselves his way.    ~ Leonard Ravenhill

America is not dying because of the strength of humanism but the weakness of evangelism.   Leonard Ravenhill

The one thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.    Leonard Ravenhill

You know, we live in a day when we are more afraid of holiness than we are of sinfulness.  Leonard Ravenhill

If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never had been crucified.  ~Leonard Ravenhill

The sinner’s prayer has sent more people to hell than all the taverns in America.  ~ Leonard Ravenhill

I’d rather have ten people that want God than 10,000 people who want to play church.  ~ Leonard Ravenhill

Near beliefs are to blame for a new brand of Christianity that is epidemic in our homes and churches—a faith that has little flavor, little light and little influence. When near beliefs are our only source of motivation, tough stands are never taken, feathers are never ruffled, and absolutes are held very loosely.  –Dennis Rainey

I’m afraid too many of us Christians don’t know what we really believe. Like a cork in the ocean, driven and tossed by the waves, we bounce from opinion to opinion… We’ve become activity junkies, seldom stopping long enough to decide what really matters to us, too busy to determine what’s really worth living for, let alone worth dying for.  –Dennis Rainey

Without core convictions to help us navigate, we stand uneasily on shifting sand, and we lack the solid footing with which to stage a life of principle and character. Today is a call to biblical conviction… What is needed today is a battalion of believers who follow Christ and stand for Him and His truth.  –Dennis Rainey

You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand

I believe that the sphere of service, your career, the plan which God has mapped out for you and prepared for you, is the greatest agency in His hands to conform You to His character and to His will. ~ Alan Redpath

What we are is much more important to Him than what we do for Him.  We mean far more to God than the work we do. ~ Alan Redpath

Deep down in the Christian’s life, always and all the time, there is to be a “no” to every demand that the flesh may make for recognition, and every demand that the flesh may make for approval, and every demand that the flesh may make for vindication. Always the Christian must bear about in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus.  -Alan Redpath

The last days are upon us.  You didn’t ask to be born when you were.  God chose you to be alive now.  With that choosing comes all the grace you need to stand and be a hero of faith in these awesome days.  Embrace the tremendous privilege that is yours.    ~ Barbara Richmond

It’s not about me. The power is in God, it’s in the message and I now realize I need to be vocal about it…  God uses flawed people to spread the message of His Son;  if He can use me, He can use anybody. Whatever you do in life becomes the platform for your faith.     ~ Jase Robertson

It is time for pastors, priests and all true believers to come out of the closet and stand for truth against the flood of evil.  James Robison

We must reject the thought that evangelism is to be separated from the importance of standing against evil. We weren’t saved just to escape this world and go to Heaven. Transformed people transform the culture while standing boldly against evil. ~ James Robison

We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.”  – Franklin Roosevelt

Know that everything in this life has a purpose…There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from. – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross 

Faith is turning to God in pain, not using people, things, activity, to deaden it.    ~ Pamela Reeve

The resurrection is not merely important to the historic Christian faith; without it, there would be no Christianity.  It is the singular doctrine that elevates Christianity above all other world religions.  ~ Adrian Rogers

To misunderstand the nature and threat of evil is to risk being blindsided by it. A new evil is rising in the world.  Joel Rosenberg

I urge you a nearer communion with Christ, and a growing communion.  There are curtains to be opened in Christ that we have never seen before… Therefore dig deep, and sweat, and labor.  Take pains for Him, and set aside as much time as you can in each day for Him.    ~ Samuel Rutherford

The Gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations! . . . My only hope of salvation is in the infinite transcendent love of God manifested to the world by the death of His Son upon the Cross.  –Benjamin Rush

The great enemy of the salvation of man, in my opinion, never invented a more effective means of limiting Christianity from the world than by persuading mankind that it was improper to read the Bible at schools.  –Benjamin Rush

Let the children…be carefully instructed in the principles and obligations of the Christian religion.  This is the most essential part of education.    Benjamin Rush

Christianity is the only true and perfect religion; and… in proportion as mankind adopt its principles and obey its precepts, they will be wise and happy. –Benjamin Rush

It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run. Conversion is not putting a person in an arm-chair and taking them easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory. ~ J.C. Ryle

We must give up the vain idea of trying to please everybody. That is impossible, and the attempt is a mere waste of time. We must be content to walk in Christ’s steps, and let the world say what it likes.   ~ J.C. Ryle

I must honestly declare my conviction that, since the days of the Reformation, there never has been so much profession of religion without practice, so much talking about God without walking with Him, so much hearing God’s words without doing them…    ~ JC Ryle

Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm.  Something of “The image of Christ’ must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.   ~ James Charles Ryle

Let us awake to a sense of the perilous state of many professing Christians. ‘Without holiness no man shall see the Lord’; without sanctification there is no salvation (Hebrews 12:14). Then what an enormous amount of so-called religion there is which is perfectly useless!  J. C. Ryle

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People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.  – Nate Saint

The man of leadership caliber will work while others waste time, study while others sleep, pray while others play. There will be no place for loose or lazy habits in word or thought, deed or dress. He will observe a soldierly discipline, diet and deportment, so that he may wage a good warfare.  J. Oswald Sanders

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.   ~ Carl Sandburg

We as Bible-believing evangelical Christians are locked in a battle.  This is not a friendly gentleman’s discussion.  It is a life and death conflict between the spiritual hosts of wickedness and those who claim the name of Christ.    ~ Francis Schaeffer

Certainly every Christian ought to be praying and working to nullify the abominable abortion law. But as we work and pray, we should have in mind not only this important issue as though it stood alone. Rather, we should be struggling and praying that this whole other total entity “(this godless) worldview” can be rolled back with all its results across all of life.  –Francis Schaeffer

The Christian message begins with the existence of God forever, and then with creation. It does not begin with salvation. We must be thankful for salvation, but the Christian message is more than that. Man has a value because he is made in the image of God.  –Francis Schaeffer

The moral absolutes rest upon God’s character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral. –Francis Schaeffer

But do we really believe that we are in a life and death battle? Do we really believe that the part we play in the battle has consequences for whether or not men and women will spend eternity in hell?  -Francis Schaeffer

Reformation is a return to the sound doctrine of the Bible. Revival is the practice of that sound doctrine under the power of the Holy Spirit. Francis Schaeffer

Any denomination or church group that forsakes inerrancy will end up shipwrecked. It is impossible to prevent the surrender of other important doctrinal teachings of the Word of God when inerrancy is gone.   Francis Schaeffer

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.  –Francis Schaeffer

To believe in Christ is to believe in the redemption and final glorification of men; and this faith is the best inspiration to a holy and useful life…       ~ Philip Schaff

If we don’t teach our children who God is, then somebody will teach them everything that He isn’t.     ~ Darlene Schacht

True Christians are assured that no temptation (or trial) shall happen to them but what they shall be enabled to bear; and that the grace of Christ shall be sufficient for them. –Roger Sherman

Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God’s promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises.  -Hannah Whitall Smith

Their eyes are dry, their sense of sin absent; nor is there any sign of penitence and contrition… But oh, if there were conviction! if they came with hearts bowed down, yea! broken and contrite, came with the cry of the guilt-laden soul… what converts they would be!   -Oswald J. Smith

It’s hard to describe, but there are times when… you feel a surge of the Spirit.  Somehow you just know: others have chosen, when talking to the Author of all creation, to lift us up – to speak to Him about us!   ~ Tony Snow

Once we are reconciled to God, the estrangement is over, the hostilities have ended, and the peace is sealed for eternity.    ~ R.C. Sproul

In salvation we are not only saved from sin and damnation; we are saved unto holiness. The goal of redemption is holiness. —RC Sproul

In every age the church is threatened by heresy, and heresy is bound up in false doctrine. It is the desire of all heretics to minimize the importance of doctrine. When doctrine is minimized, heresy can exercise itself without restraint.  ~R.C. Sproul

Doctrine divides, but doctrine also unites. It binds together the hearts of God’s people who celebrate the truth of God together. —RC Sproul

If by excessive labor we die before reaching the average age of man, worn out in the Master’s service, then glory be to God. We shall have so much less of earth and so much more of heaven. It is our duty and our privilege to exhaust our lives for Jesus.    ~ Charles Spurgeon

A good character is the best tombstone.  Those who loved you, and were helped by you, will remember you.  So carve your name on hearts, and not on marble.    – Charles H. Spurgeon

We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battle-ax and weapons of war.   Charles Spurgeon

Now, remember, you will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything else but Christ! Charles Spurgeon

The law shows the distance that exists between God and man; the Gospel bridges that awful chasm and brings the sinner across it. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

If your creed and Scripture do not agree, cut your creed to pieces, but make it agree with this Book.     ~ Charles Spurgeon

Prayer plumes the wings of God’s young eaglets so that they may learn to mount above the clouds.  Prayer brings inner strength to God’s warriors and sends them forth to spiritual battle with their muscles firm and their armor in place.    ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one GO there unwarned and unprayed for.  -Charles Spurgeon

We are foolish to expect to serve God without opposition: the more zealous we are, the more sure are we to be assailed… Glory be to God, we know the end of the war. The great dragon shall be cast out and for ever destroyed, while Jesus and they who are with him shall receive the crown. Let us sharpen our swords to-night, and pray the Holy Spirit to nerve our arms for the conflict. Never battle so important, never crown so glorious. Every man to his post, ye warriors of the cross, and may the Lord tread Satan under your feet shortly!  Charles Spurgeon

Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong;  rather it is the difference between right and almost right.     ~ Charles Spurgeon

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.  ~ Charles Spurgeon

I am content to live and die as the mere repeater of Scriptural teaching – as a person who has thought out nothing and invented nothing – but who concluded that he was to take the message from the lips of God to the best of his ability and simply to be a mouth for God to the people. – mourning much that anything of his own should come between – but never thinking that he was somehow to refine the message or to adapt it to the brilliance of this wonderful century and then to hand it out as being so much his own that he might take some share of the glory of it.  -Charles Spurgeon

That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which God abhors. -Charles Spurgeon

As God’s children, we are not to be observers; we’re to participate actively in the Lord’s work.  Spectators sit and watch, but we are called to use our spiritual gifts and serve continually.    ~ Charles Stanley

Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God’s most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth.  –Charles Stanley

If the church marries herself to the spirit of the times, she will find herself a widow in the next generation.    ~ Charles Stanley

God is looking for imperfect men and women who have learned to walk in moment-by-moment dependence on the Holy Spirit; Christians who have come to terms with their inadequacies, fears, and failures. Believers who have become discontent with ‘surviving’ and have taken the time to investigate everything God has to offer…  Charles Stanley

Sin and accountability aren’t popular messages.  Yet being trendy and well liked is not the point.  We’re here to carry out the work and mission of God, even when doing so is uncomfortable. -Charles Stanley

Although the church accomplishes many tasks, its only message to the world is the gospel of Christ. Everything else we do is merely an extension of that primary goal. The gospel we offer the lost is superior to every worldly philosophy. Never outdated or in need of correction, it is always sufficient to meet humanity’s greatest need: reconciliation with the Creator. ~ Charles Stanley

To become God’s mighty servants, we must decide whether we will base our life on His priorities or the world’s.  The two are incompatible.  ~ Charles Stanley

God designed it this way; He intended that His great power, wisdom, and love should become visible in very ordinary and otherwise inconsequential people. ~ Ray C. Stedman

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.  – Adlai Stevenson

Although we have responsibilities to others, we are primarily accountable to God.  It is before him that we stand, and to him that one day we must give an account.  We should not therefore rate human opinion too highly…    ~ John R. W. Stott

We should not ask ‘what’s wrong with this world?’ For that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, ‘What has happened to the salt and light?’  John R.W. Stott

So, because in no other person but Jesus of Nazareth did God first become human (in his birth), then bear our sins (in his death), then conquer death (in his resurrection) and then enter his people (by his Spirit), he is uniquely able to save sinners. Nobody else has his qualifications. – R.W. Stott

We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior. John R.W. Stott

Obedience has a price, death to our own ways – but it also promises a great reward … So lay aside all your excuses.  Then take hold of His plan for your life, and watch Him do mighty works through you.  Joy Strang

We totally agree with reaching out to gay individuals with love and compassion – to win them to Christ. But what we are talking about here is a MOVEMENT that is preaching to our youth world- wide. Now THAT is a whole different thing – and requires a very vocal stand – still with love and wisdom.  -Andrew Strom

If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.     -C. T. Studd

Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly out of it without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Blessed Redeemer. At the very least, let us see to it that when the Devil gets news of our departure from the battlefield, he throws a thanksgiving party in hell. C.T. Studd

The longer I live the more I believe that the greatest enemy of a victorious Christian life is passivity.  ~Chuck Swindoll

God would love to piece together the shattered fragments of your life. But He is waiting … graciously waiting until the time is right. Until you are tired of the life you are living … until you see it for what it really is. Until you are weary of coping … of taking charge of your own life … until you realize the mess you are making of it. Until you recognize your need for Him … He’s waiting.  – Charles Swindoll

I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitudes.   -Charles Swindoll 

When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself.  Chuck Swindoll

God would love to piece together the shattered fragments of your life.  But He is … graciously waiting until the time is right.  Until you are tired of the life you are living … of taking charge of your own life … Until you recognize your need for Him… He’s waiting.  ~ Charles Swindoll

If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.   – Billy Sunday

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Deny your weakness, and you will never realize God’s strength in you. ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him. – Hudson Taylor

Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there, Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to him of many.   ~ Hudson Taylor

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.  ~ Hudson Taylor

All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.   ~ Hudson Taylor

I can contribute nothing to my own salvation, except the sin from which I need to be redeemed.   – William Temple

We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power.  We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.   ~ R. A. Torrey

To be in Christ – that makes you fit for heaven; but for Christ to be in you – that makes you fit for earth!  To be in Christ changes your destination; but for Christ to be in you – that changes your destiny!  The one makes heaven your home – the other makes this world His workshop.    ~ W. Ian Thomas

All our love to God is in response to His love for us; it never starts on our side.  ‘ We love because He first loved us’.   William Temple   

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.  Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. -Mother Theresa 

God is more interested in developing your character than keeping you comfortable. Tommy Tenney 

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle.  The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came… Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees … and you will always have victory.   ~ R. A. Torrey

Spiritual Christians look upon the world not as a playground but as a battleground.    ~ A.W. Tozer

The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself.  His interests have shifted from self to Christ.  What he is or is not no longer concerns him.   ~ A.W. Tozer

The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith. The two are opposite sides of the same coin. ~ A. W. Tozer

Distractions must be conquered or they will conquer us.  So let us cultivate simplicity; let us walk in the Spirit…   ~ A.W. Tozer

Whatever keeps me from my Bible is my enemy, however harmless it may appear to be.    ~ A.W. Tozer

Any manipulation of the Scriptures to make them speak peace to the natural man is evil and can only lead to ruin.   A. W. Tozer

The true follower of Christ will not ask, ‘If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?’ Rather he will say, ‘This is truth. God help me to walk in it, let come what may!’    ~ A.W. Tozer

Sermonettes make Christianettes. ~ A.W. Tozer

Give up your friendships, your possessions, your comforts, your ambitions, your reputation, your health and even your life, and you’ll find that God will give it all back to you, “pressed down, shaken together and running over” (Luke 6:38). A. W. Tozer

Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress.  The contented soul is the stagnant soul.      A.W. Tozer

What God in His sovereignty may yet do on a worldscale I do not claim to know. But what He will do for the plain man or woman who seeks His face I believe I do know and can tell others. Let any man turn to God in earnest, let him begin to exercise himself unto godliness, let him seek to develop his powers of spiritual receptivity by trust and obedience and humility, and the results will exceed anything he may have hoped in his leaner and weaker days.  A. W. Tozer 

We must of necessity be servant to someone, either to God or to sin. The man who surrenders to Christ exchanges a cruel slave driver for a kind and gentle master whose yoke is easy and whose burden is light.  —  A.W. Tozer                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection.  And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others.  Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.  ~ A.W. Tozer                                                   

May God deliver us from the easygoing, smooth, comfortable Christianity that never lets the truth get hold of us.  AW Tozer

We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.  ~ A.W. Tozer

Though the cross of Christ has been beautified by the poet and the artist, the avid seeker after God is likely to find it the same savage implement of destruction it was in the days of old. The way of the cross is still the pain-wracked path to spiritual power and fruitfulness. So do not seek to hide from it. Do not accept an easy way. Do not allow yourself to be patted to sleep in a comfortable church, void of power and barren of fruit. Do not paint the cross nor deck it with flowers. Take it for what it is, as it is, and you will find it the rugged way to death and life. Let it slay you utterly. -A.W. Tozer

Christians are to be salt and light in everything they do, be it in their church, in their business, in their school, or in their government…. If you think “preaching the Gospel” is impor­tant like I do, then you ought to think politics is important too. Why? Because politics and law affects your ability to preach the Gospel!  -Frank Turek

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A wise man has said: ‘Only a Christian can live wholly in the present, for to him the past is pardoned and the future is safe in God.’ …the Christian life must be a life without regrets, without remorse.  -Evelyn Underhill

Cure yourself of the condition of bothering about how you look to other people. Be concerned only with the idea God has of you.  -Miguel de Unamuno

Delays are not refusals; many a prayer is registered, and underneath it the words: “My time is not yet come.” God has a set time as well as a set purpose, and He who orders the bounds of our habitation orders also the time of our deliverance.  Unknown

God loves to take inadequate, insecure people and transform them into servants who lead and leaders who serve.   ~ Unknown

When God is about to do something great, he starts with a difficulty. When he is about to do something truly magnificent, he starts with an impossibility.      ~ Unknown

I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him. I ended up asking Him to do His work through me.    ~ Unknown

The biggest lie Satan tells you is that you have more time.  -Unknown

When I come to the end of my rope, God is right there to take over.  Unknown

The Bible is the only book whose Author is always present when one reads it. ~unknown

Live life and love the Lord like it’s your last day. Someday you will be right. Unkonwn

When we die we leave behind us all we have, and take with us all we are. – Unknown

Lord, may I live each day as if Christ died yesterday, rose again today, and is returning tomorrow.  -Unknown     

An act of courage isn’t necessarily done by those who feel brave when they do it. True courage is feeling fear and yet doing it anyway. Courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the conquering of it.    

The pride of man and the glory of God will collide at one of two places: the cross of Christ or the horror of hell.                                                                 

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I believe the reason many Christians are so dull and lifeless in their faith is because they are not in the battle, not using their weapons, not advancing against the enemy.  -George Verwer

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Are we willing to risk being misunderstood and maligned in order that truth might be told and men might be saved? Identifying a malady and explaining its seriousness are always the first steps to finding a cure… God has ordained that men come to conviction of sin, repentance, and saving faith through preaching. Yet how can the [Holy] Spirit use our preaching if we are not willing to expose sin or call men to repentance? -Paul Washer

The church must seek to be biblical rather than relevant. We are not going to leave a mark upon our culture because we have studied its ways and adapted ourselves to it. We are relevant when we reject the world outright and are its polar opposite! This present darkness provides a great opportunity for the church to be the salt of the earth, but if we mix with the very impurities we are supposed to expose… we are as useless as our culture already believes us to be.  -Paul Washer

When preachers teach biblically and clearly about the judgment of God and the dangers of hell, men begin to see that their greatest need is to be saved from eternal condemnation, and the more “practical” needs of this present age become trivial in comparison.   ~ Paul Washer

We are Christians because we find our identity, life, and purpose in Christ. We are evangelical because we believe the gospel and esteem it as the great central truth of God’s revelation to men.    ~ Paul Washer

We must not adopt the world’s view and then tweak it to make it Christian. We must draw a line in the sand and stand firm in the radical teachings of Christ and His gospel. We must preach the truth and be the examples of the truth we preach.  Paul Washer

The true gospel is radically exclusive.  Jesus is not a way; he is the way, and all other ways are no way at all… We live in an age of humanism – over the last several decades, man has fought to purge God from his conscience and culture.  He has managed to make himself the center of all things.    – Paul Washer

This Christianity is not a cultural thing. It is not something that should be just a small part of your life; it is not something that you do on Sunday… Christianity is not about you being just like the world all the time and then coming to church on Sunday. If that is your Christianity… you are not Christian. -Paul Washer

Can you honestly tell me that your great desire is to be holy? Can you honestly tell me your great desire is to not be like the world, but to be like Jesus Christ? Because if you cannot, you should be afraid. Those who love the world do not have the love of the Father (1 John 2:15). Paul Washer

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by allowing me to hate him.  -Booker T. Washington

Oh, eternal and everlasting God, direct my thoughts, words and work. Wash away my sins in the immaculate blood of the Lamb and purge my heart by Thy Holy Spirit. Daily, frame me more and more in the likeness of Thy son, Jesus Christ, that living in Thy fear, and dying in Thy favor, I may in thy appointed time obtain the resurrection of the justified unto eternal life. Bless, O Lord, the whole race of mankind and let the world be filled with the knowledge of Thee and Thy son, Jesus Christ.  George Washington

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports.. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.    ~ George Washington

It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.  ~ George Washington

You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are.  -George Washington

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness—these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles. – George Washington

The Word of God is a looking glass, to show us our spots; and the blood of Christ is a fountain to wash them away.  Thomas Watson

I’ll not willingly offend, Nor be easily offended;What’s amiss I’ll strive to mend, And endure what can’t be mended.    ~ Isaac Watts

The principles of all genuine liberty, and of wise laws and administrations are to be drawn from the Bible and sustained by its authority.   ~ Noah Webster

The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society; the best book for regulating the temporal [secular] concerns of men. Noah Webster

An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.  -John Wesley

I want the whole Christ for my Savior, the whole Bible for my book, the whole Church for my fellowship, and the whole world for my mission field. – John Wesley

All we want in Christ, we shall find in Christ.  If we want little, we shall find little.  If we want much, we shall find much; but if, in utter helplessness, we cast our all on Christ, He will be to us the whole treasury of God. ~ Henry Benjamin Whipple

True non-judgementalism is a logical impossibility. To forbid or exclude a value judgement is to assume, unconsciously, that the highest value is to have no values.   ~ John White

Guidance isn’t asking God to endorse the plans that you hold out to Him.  It is the reverse.  You must have your hand out ready to take the blueprint He has drawn up for you. He then expects you to follow it implicitly.  ~ Paul White

If we once get above our Bibles, and cease making the written Word of God sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion, and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith.  George Whitefield

He knows when we go into the storm, He watches over us in the storm, and He can bring us out of the storm when His purposes have been fulfilled. – Warren W. Wiersbe

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.  William Wilberforce

Being on the Lord’s side is taking His sword and using it to combat the forces of unbelief, putting down all doubts and fears.  It means standing true to God and His Word no matter what the crowd does…     ~ David Wilkerson

Speak every time my dear brother as if it were your last…  – George Whitefield

The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance.  It is not to be done in a day.  We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down.    ~ George Whitfield

It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor the preacher.  George Whitefield

Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for thee once more in the fields, seal thy truth, and come home and die.  George Whitefield

I’m not about to put up a silly skit and preach a 15-minute message on ‘how to cope’ to a multitude of people who are dying and going to hell. I tremble at the thought.  – David Wilkerson

At first, He shook us very tenderly but now His shaking has become violent, because He has not succeeded in awakening us… God is going to shake everything in sight so that He is revealed as the only unshakable power!       ~ David Wilkerson

Our identity cannot be in anything other than Christ.  Paul knew this, and [even during his most difficult times] He never took his eyes off his calling, which was Christ.  If God has called you to something, it doesn’t matter what storms may arise.  He says, “It is not over.  When everything seems out of control, I am in control.  Do not give up!”   – David Wilkerson

If you love soft preaching, you love a hard heart. ~ Doug Wilson

It is one to say you have faith and another to be in a tight corner and prove it.” –Smith Wigglesworth

Never underestimate the importance of simply being physically present in the place God wants you.  You may not be asked to perform some dramatic ministry, but simply being there is a ministry.    – Warren W. Wiersbe

God made us and God is able to empower us to do whatever he calls us to do.  Denying that we can accomplish God’s work is not humility; it is the worst kind of pride.   ~ Warren W. Wiersbe

Because of the cross, we may march through earthly jungles, deserts, gardens, cities, but we are on a heavenly trek. No matter what our journeys lead us through; …we may rest assured that we are in better hands than our own if we simply give our future to Christ. ~ Leslie Williams

I shall know but one country.  The ends I aim at shall be my country’s, my God’s and Truth’s. I was born an American; I live an American; I shall die an American.   ~ Daniel Webster

The Gospel leaves the individual sinner alone with himself and his God.  To his own Master he stands or falls. He has nothing to hope from the aid and sympathy of associates.  The deluded advocates of new doctrines do not so preach. Christ and His apostles, had they been deceivers, would not so have preached.  If clergymen in our days would return to the simple simplicity of the Gospel, and preach more to individuals and less to the crowd, there would not be so much complaint of the decline of true religion.  – Daniel Webster

All the… evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.  -Noah Webster  

Our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament, or the Christian religion. –Noah Webster

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children under a free government ought to be instructed…. No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.” – Noah Webster

The gospel alone is sufficient to rule the lives of Christians everywhere – any additional rules made to govern men’s conduct added nothing to the perfection already found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  –John Wycliffe

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I have come to know a God who has a soft spot for rebels, who recruits people like the adulterer David, the whiner Jeremiah, the traitor Peter, and the human-rights abuser Saul of Tarsus. I have come to know a God whose Son made prodigals the heroes of his stories and the trophies of his ministry. – Philip Yancey

God’s calling on your life awaits your obedience and your decision to follow and obey, no matter what. ~ Michael Youssef

When you know God, even your inexplicable circumstances can be used of God for your good and for His glory.   ~ Michael Youssef

God has not blessed us so that we may become complacent.  He has blessed us for a purpose, and we are called to respond.  – Michael Youssef

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These days it’s not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.  –Ravi Zacharias

God makes appointments with us in our disappointments. To see the pattern we must take three steps involving the heart, the mind, and the Cross. Ravi Zacharias

The single most important thread in working through your disappointments is that your heart and mind ponder and grasp what the cross of Jesus Christ is all about. There is no pattern without the cross. There is no Good News without it. That is what the gospel is all about.  –Ravi Zacharias

It is theoretically and practically impossible to build any community apart from love and justice. If only one of these two is focused upon, an inevitable extremism and perversion follow.  Ravi Zacharias

To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge.  –Ravi Zacharias

God is the shaper of your heart. God does not display his work in abstract terms. He prefers the concrete, and this means that at the end of your life one of three things will happen to your heart: it will grow hard, it will be broken, or it will be tender. Nobody escapes.  –Ravi Zacharias

 

But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.  (Hebrews 3:13) Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.  (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Encourage one another