Quotes of note

Question 1:  “What is the chief end of man?  Answer: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.”  Westminster Shorter Catechism 

How many of your plans take an unending future into account?”  John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire

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

“If we are unexcited Christians, we should go back and see what is wrong.”  Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

“To know about God and to know God are two absolutely different things.”  A. W. Tozer, Delighting in God

“True peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.”  Alexander MacLaren

“Our fundamental problem as Christians is not really obedience. Our problem is keeping our love for Christ fervent, for love makes obedience a delight. A decline in obedience is the outgrowth of a decline in love.” Tony Evans

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”  A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

“Let us think of Jesus Christ above all things, underneath all things, outside of all things, and inside of all things.  He is above all things but not pushed up.  He is beneath all things but not pressed down.  He is outside of all things but not excluded, and inside but not confined.  He is above all presiding, beneath all upholding, outside of all embracing, and inside of all building.”  A. W. Tozer, Delighting in God

“What or whom we worship determines our behaviour.”  John Murray

“It is not so much a man’s journey that defines him, but his destination, and David’s destination was God.”  A. W. Tozer, Delighting in God

“Our problem is that we’ve grown quite used to seeking life in all kinds of things other than God.”  John Eldredge, The Journey of Desire

“Unbelief is actually perverted faith, for it puts its faith not in the living God, but in dying men.”  A. W. Tozer,  The Knowledge of the Holy

“Keep on being faithful, because God honors faithfulness.  Not bigness, but faithfulness.  Not the great crowds, not the great set-up, but faithfulness in the place He put you.”  Billy Graham

“The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world.”  Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible

“The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is too benign, his gospel is too easy, and his Christ is too common.”  David Wells, God in the Wasteland

“If man is not made in the image of God, nothing then stands in the way of inhumanity. There is no good reason why mankind should be perceived as special. Human life is cheapened. We can see this in many of the major issues being debated in our society today.”  Francis Schaeffer

“There is nothing more ugly than a Christian orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion.”  Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

“Get into the habit of saying, ‘Speak, Lord,’ and life will become a romance.” Oswald Chambers

Opportunities don’t present themselves in ideal circumstances. If you wait for all the lights to turn green, you will never leave your driveway.  John Maxwell

“A person is known by the passion that drives him day after day through thick and thin.”  A. W. Tozer, Delighting in God

“You made us for Yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in You.”  Augustine

“Every man is in tension until he finds a satisfactory answer to the problem of who he himself is.”  Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There

“When I understand that everything happening to me is to make me more Christlike, it resolves a great deal of anxiety.”  A. W. Tozer

“Do you fear trouble?  Don’t!  Better to be with God in trouble than to be without trouble and without God.”  David Jeremiah

“The personality of the artist leaks through their work. God included. He reveals himself through nature, as the Scriptures testify.” John Eldredge (Beautiful Outlaw)

“We do not so much search the Word of God as the Word of God searches us.”  Barry Black, US Senate Chaplain

“I have observed one thing among true Christians in their differences in many countries: What divides and severs true Christian groups and Christians – what leaves a bitterness that can last for 20, 30, 40 years (or for 50 or 60 years in a son’s or daughter’s memory) – is not the issue of doctrine or belief that caused the differences in the first place. Invariably, it is a lack of love – and the bitter things that are said by true Christians in the midst of differences.” Francis Schaeffer, The Mark of the Christian

“The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone.  Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends on my spiritual condition.”  Oswald Chambers

God is most glorified in us when we are most satifisfied in Him.”  John Piper, Desiring God

“No work of art is more important than the Christian’s life, and every Christian is called to be an artist in this sense… The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world.”  Francis Schaeffer

“The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.”  A. W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy

On worship: “For many, Christianity has become the grinding out of general doctrinal laws from collections of biblical facts.  But childlike wonder and awe have died.  The scenery and poetry and music of the majesty of God have dried up like a forgotten peach at the back of the refrigerator.”  John Piper, Desiring God

“Never interpret God’s love by your circumstances, but always interpret your circumstances by His love.”  C.H. Mackintosh

“It’s time that you take a close look at your God concept.  Your God concept is what you think about God and how you feel about Him.  These beliefs and feelings become a type of filter in your brain.  Inevitably you will not live with the facts of your life but the interpretation of the facts of your life.”  Paul Marc Goulet

 ”There was no identity crisis in the life of Jesus Christ.  He knew who He was, He knew where He had come from, and why He was here.  And He knew where He was going.  And when you are that liberated, then you can serve.” Howard Hendricks

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is.”  Albert Einstein

“Do you perceive mere coincidence, or do you discern the hand of God?”  Oswald Chambers

“But if I obey Jesus Christ in the seemingly random circumstances of life, they become pinholes through which I see the face of God.”  Oswald Chambers

“In friendship…we think we have chosen our peers. In reality a few years’ difference in the dates of our births, a few more miles between certain houses, the choice of one university instead of another…the accident of a topic being raised or not raised at a first meeting–any of these chances might have kept us apart. But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking no chances. A secret master of ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,” can truly say to every group of Christian friends, “Ye have not chosen one another but I have chosen you for one another.” The friendship is not a reward for our discriminating and good taste in finding one another out. It is the instrument by which God reveals to each of us the beauties of others.” C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

“People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope.” Graham Hess (Mel Gibson), Signs, the movie

“I have found comfort to be a possible thorn in the side of revelation.”  Dr. Alan Shapiro (Paul Giamatti), Morgan, the movie

“If we are growing we are always going to be outside our comfort zone.”  John Maxwell

“These walls are funny.  First you hate ‘em, then you get used to ‘em.  Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them.  That’s institutionalized.”  Red (Morgan Freeman), The Shawshank Redemption, the movie

“Every man dies, not every man really lives.”  William Wallace (Mel Gibson), Braveheart, the movie

“You must therefore live in the present, as far as possible like you will live in the future.”  N.T. Wright

“A difficult time can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose, a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.”  John Maxwell

“I gotta keep breathing.  Because tomorrow the sun will rise.  Who knows what the tide could bring?”  Chuck Nolan (Tom Hanks), Cast Away, the movie

“A Native American elder told his grandson about two wolves who live in every heart. One is Evil—anger, jealousy, pride—and the other is Good—joy, love, peace, humility. The grandson asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The elder replied, ‘The one you feed.’ ” David Jeremiah (devotional)

“Please, Lord, help me get one more.”  Desmond Doss, Hacksaw Ridge, the movie

From Justice League, the movie:  The Flash, “It’s really cool you guys seem ready to do battle and stuff, but I’ve never done battle.  I’ve just pushed some people and run away!”  Batman, “Save one.”  The Flash, “What?”  Batman, “Save one.”  The Flash, “And then?”  Batman, “Then you’ll know.”

“God brings us into straits that He may bring us to our knees.”  Matthew Henry (Red Sea Rules by Robert J. Morgan, p44)

“It’s easy to love and trust God when life is good, but when things fall apart is when you find out what we truly believe.”  Cory Asbury, Reckless Love (the devotional)

“It’s not about success.  It’s about signficance.”  Tim Tebow

“The only Christian you want to listen to is the one who gives you more of a hunger for God.”  A. W. Tozer

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  Corrie ten Boom

“There are no coincidences in our life, only God’s providence.” Greg Laurie

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” C.S. Lewis,  The Weight of Glory

“The significance of a truth is judged in part by whether over time it has transforming power in very different circumstances.”  John Piper, Desiring God

“He said there were two kinds of Christians:  those who sincerely believe in God and those who, just as sincerely, believe that they believe.  You can tell them apart by their actions in decisive moments.”  Richard Wurmbrand, In God’s Underground

“Now there is Talitha Ruth (daughter), whose motto at fifteen is “a girl should get so lost in God that a guy has to seek Him to find her.”  John Piper, Desiring God

“You can choose what fills you, or society will do it for you. Choose well.” Paul Marc Goulet