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We should not ask, ‘What is wrong with the world?’ for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather we should ask, “What has happened to salt and light?
A Christian should resemble a fruit tree with real fruit, not a Christmas tree with decorations tied on
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.
The purpose of prayer is emphatically not to bend God's will to ours, but rather to align our will to his.
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
What we need is not more learning, not more eloquence, not more persuasion, not more organization, but more power from the Holy Spirit.
We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve.
The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.
Sin and the child of God are incompatible. They may occasionally meet; they cannot live together in harmony
Christians who neglect the Bible simply do not mature.
A man who loves his wife will love her letters and her photographs because they speak to him of her. So if we love the Lord Jesus, we shall love the Bible because it speaks to us of him.
The Spirit of God leads the people of God to submit to the Word of God.
Grace is God loving, God stooping, God coming to the rescue, God giving himself generously in and through Jesus Christ.
It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
Every Christian should be both conservative and radical; conservative in preserving the faith and radical in applying it.
Here's how to determine God's will for your life: Go wherever your gifts will be exploited the most.
Prayer is not a convenient device for imposing our will upon God, or bending his will to ours, but the prescribed way of subordinating our will to his.
The chief reason people do not know God is not because He hides from them but because they hide from Him.
We do not need to wait for the Holy Spirit to come: he came on the day of Pentecost. He has never left the church.
In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?
No man preaches his sermon well to others if he does not first preach it to his own heart.
Our Christian life began not with our decision to follow Christ but with God's call to us to do so.
It is no exaggeration to say that without Scripture a Christian life is impossible.
God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loved us.
Greatness in the kingdom of God is measured in terms of obedience.
I have sometimes called this 'double listening'. Listening to the voice of God in Scripture, and listening to the voices of the modern world, with all their cries of anger, pain and despair.
Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.
Truth without love is too hard; love without truth is too soft.
Nothing is more important for mature Christian discipleship than a fresh, clear, true vision of the authentic Jesus.
At every step of our Christian development and in every sphere of our Christian discipleship, pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend.
All worship is an intelligent and loving response to the revelation of God, because it is the adoration of His name.
If the first mark of a true and living church is love, the second is suffering. The one is naturally consequent on the other. A willingness to suffer proves the genuineness of love.
We have the means of evangelizing our country, but they are slumbering in the pews of our churches.
Many (Christians) have zeal without knowledge, enthusiasm without enlightenment. In more modern jargon, they are keen but clueless.
We live and die; Christ died and lived!
We should travel light and live simply. Our enemy is not possessions but excess.
Prayer is the very way God Himself has chosen for us to express our conscious need of Him and our humble dependence on Him.
All of us have inflated views of ourselves, especially in self-righteousn ess, until we have visited a place called Calvary. It is there, at the foot of the cross, that we shrink to our true size.
Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.
Instead of inflicting upon us the judgment we deserved, God in Christ endured it in our place.
The command to judge not is not a requirement to be blind, but rather a plea to be generous. Jesus does not tell us to cease to be men... but to renounce the presumptuous ambition to be God.
It is impossible to pray for someone without loving him, and impossible to go on praying for him without discovering that our love for him grows and matures.
The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.
The symbol of the religion of Jesus is the cross, not the scales.
Nobody can call himself a Christian who does not worship Jesus.
Saving faith is resting faith, the trust which relies entirely on the Savior.
Simplicity is the first cousin of contentment.
The essence of apostasy is changing sides from that of the crucified to that of the crucifier.
The modern world detests authority but worships relevance. Our Christian conviction is that the Bible has both authority and relevance, and that the secret of both is Jesus Christ
The chief occupational hazard of leadership is pride.