Thought-provoking, encouraging words of wisdom from spiritual brothers and sisters:

On Prayer

“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance. It is laying hold of His highest willingness.” (Martin Luther)

“In essence, there is only one thing God asks of us – that we be men and women of prayer, people who live close to God, people for whom God is everything and for whom God is enough. That is the root of peace. We have that peace when the gracious God is all we seek.” (Brennan Manning)

“Intercession is not simply the glorification of our own natural sympathies.” (Oswald Chambers)

“Discernment is God’s call to prayer, never to faultfinding.” (Corrie Ten Boom)

“Notice, we never pray for folks we gossip about, and we never gossip about the folk for whom we pray! For prayer is a great deterrent.”  (Leonard Ravenhill)

On Worship

“It is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men.” (C.S. Lewis)

“Perhaps the greatest need in all of Christendom is for a clear understanding of the biblical teaching about worship. When the church fails to worship properly, it fails in every other area. And the world is suffering because of its failure.” (John MacArthur)

“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped.” (Jack Hayford)

“Lawful worship consists in obedience alone.” (John Calvin)

“We can act ourselves into a new way of feeling much quicker than we can feel ourselves into a new way of acting. Worship is an act that develops feelings for God, not a feeling for God that is expressed in an act of worship.” (from – A Long Obedience In The Same Direction – by Eugene Peterson)

On Relationship with God

“Isn’t it ironic that God doesn’t need us yet He desperately wants us and that we desperately need God yet rarely want Him?” (Francis Chan)

“The greatest adversary of love to God is not his enemies but his gifts. And the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth. For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable, and almost incurable” (John Piper).

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” (Oswald Chambers)

“Resemblance to God results from our intimacy with Him.” (William Jay)

On Church

“I believe that if there is one thing which pierces the Master’s heart with unutterable grief, it is not the world’s iniquity but the church’s indifference.” (F.B Meyer)

“The Kingdom of God is not going to be advanced by our churches becoming filled with men, but by men in our churches becoming filled with God.” (Duncan Campbell)

“The problem is we’ve taken God’s whole idea of church and we’ve made it in our own image. We’ve put it in a box. ‘This is what church is.’ The only time God put himself in a box, He said, ‘you touch this thing and I’ll kill you’.” (Graham Cooke)

On Christian Living

“We must also ensure that we are making progress, for perhaps second to laziness, busyness without progress sucks the potential right out of us and ultimately stunts our growth.” (From Buck Naked Faith)

“Wherever you are… be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” (Jim Elliot – Martyred in Ecuador in January 1956 for sharing Christ’s love)

“The enemy is whatever stops us from loving.” (From Kingdom without Borders)

“Obedience will take you further than your understanding ever will.” (Ken Griffith)

“Expect great things from God;
 attempt great things for God.”
 (William Carey)

“Thinking about a problem over and over in your mind is called worry; thinking about the Word of God over and over in your mind is called meditation. If you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate!” (Rick Warren)

”The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes.” (Martin Luther)

On Community

“Saints cannot exist without a community, as they require, like all of us, nurturance by a people who, while often unfaithful, preserve the habits necessary to learn the story of God.” 
(Stanley M. Hauerwas)

 

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