Saturday, February 23, 2008

Quips and Quotes Depository

6/29/2013 - "We do not earn or merit anything by taking refuge in God. Hiding in something makes no contribution to the hiding place. All it does is show that we regard ourselves as helpless and the hiding place as a place of rescue." John Piper

5/28/2011 - "Oh, that we could all see and feel how repugnant, how offensive, how abominable it is to blackball our Maker, to ignore him and distrust him and demean him and give him less attention in our hearts than we do the carpet on our living room floor." John Piper 

5/02/2011 - "If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled." —C.H. Spurgeon

3/03/2011 - "Blessed is the man who is done with chance, and who never speaks of 'luck', but believes that, from the least even to the greatest, all things are ordained of the LORD." Charles Spurgeon

2/10/2011 - "Trials squeeze our hearts and show what’s inside, as squeezing a sponge reveals the contents." Mark Altrogge 

1/29/2011 - "To forgive without upbraiding, even by manner or look, is a high exercise of grace - it is imitation of Christ." Robert C. Chapman

1/17/2011 - "God has not called us to be attorneys acting in our own defense but beggars before the throne of grace, refusing to leave until bread is forthcoming." C. John Miller from his book Repentance and the 20th Century Man.

12/18/10 - "You may write my life across the sky; I have nothing to conceal."
C. H. Spurgeon in relating to his wife what she should write regarding his biography

11/30/10 - "Up, sluggard, and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough." Ben Franklin

11/21/10 - "...rise up in me, O, Living Water, unto eternal life. Artesian spring of grace, come forth with such compelling and propelling force that my thanks will not be miserly but geyserly… Not like a slow drip, a babbling brook, a meandering stream, but like a geyser… a gratitude-geyser." Scotty Smith, Founding Pastor of Christ Community Church in Franklin, TN 

11/16/10 - "I was but a pen in God’s hand, and what praise is due a pen?" John Bunyan

11/6/10 - "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." Charles Spurgeon

10/27/10 - "After much praying, waiting, weeping, God...comes with His hands and heart full of mercy to His people. He loves not to come empty handed to those who have sat long with tearful eyes at mercy's door." Thomas Brooks (Puritan preacher)

9/22/10 - "All the compassions of all the tender fathers in the world compared with the tender mercies of God would be but as a candle to the sun or a drop to the ocean." Matthew Henry

8/30/10 - "Just as water ever seeks and fills the lowest place, so the moment God finds you abased and empty, His glory and power flow in." Andrew Murray
8/10/10 - "God creates out of nothing. Therefore until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him." Martin Luther

8/2/10 -  "Nothing exposes our selfishness and powerlessness like prayer. In contrast, little children never get frozen by their selfishness. Like the disciples, they come just as they are, totally self-absorbed. They seldom get it right...Your heart could be, and often is askew. That's okay. You have to begin with what is real. Jesus didn't come for the righteous. He came for sinners. All of us qualify. The very things we try to get rid of - our weariness, our distractedness, our messiness [selfishness] - are what get us in the front door! That's how the gospel works. That's how prayer works." Paul E. Miller from A Praying Life.

7/2/10 - "Ministry...can create a mask of performance, the projection of success. Everyone wants to be a winner. In contrast, Jesus never used His power to show off. He used His power for love. So He wasn't immediately noticeable. Humility makes you disappear, which is why we avoid it." Paul E. Miller from his book A Praying Life.

6/17/10 - “Suppose you open your mouth wide in prayer. “I cannot,” says one. Well, open your mouth and God will fill it with prayer and then, when you have prayed the prayer that He has given you, He will fill it with answers! God gives prayer as well as the answer to prayer! Only open your mouth and, as it were, make a vacuum for God to fill. God loves to look for emptiness where He may stow away His Grace.”

6/7/10: "Our wickedness shall not overpower the unspeakable goodness and mercy of God; our dullness shall not overpower God's wisdom, nor our infirmity God's omnipotence." John of Kronstadt

5/20/10: "Only God can justify the ungodly, but He can do it to perfection. He casts our sins behind His back; He blots them out. He says that though they be sought for, they shall not be found.” C. H. Spurgeon

3/5/10: "God's Spirit and God's truth afflicted me in my comfort and comforted me in my affliction. As a result of this hard year, however, God and His gospel became more real and relevant to me than ever before. I've never felt so dependent on Him. He's never been so big; I've never been so small. The idea that Jesus plus nothing equals everything ceased being a cognitive truth for me - it became my functional lifeline." Tullian Tchividjian

10/1/09: "Come fire and cross, come crowds of wild beasts; come tearing and mangling, wrecking of bones and hacking of limbs; come cruel torments of the devil, only let me attain unto Jesus Christ." Ignatius (first-century church father, martyred in the Roman Colosseum)

9/24/09: "There's no other way the world is going to see the supreme glory of Christ today except we break free from the Disneyland of America and begin to live lifestyles of missionary sacrifice that looks to the world like our treasure is in heaven and not on the earth." John Piper

6/4/09: "I know not the challenges that face me among the peoples who live for death. I do know, though, the grace of the Savior that has called me to die but for life." Anna Bowden, missionary to India in the 19th century.

5/28/09: " 'He will freely pardon' (Isaiah 55:7). All these thousands of years God has been multiplying pardons, and yet free grace is not tired out...It is foolish to think that an emperor's revenue will not pay a beggar's debt." Thomas Manton
5/21/09: "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in." George Washington Carver

5/14/09: "This is the heaven of Heaven - that the soul will be filled up with God, and be satisfied with His presence." Thomas Manton (Puritan preacher)

5/07/09: "God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called." Unknown

4/30/09: "God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars." Martin Luther

"God has two textbooks - Scripture and Creation - we would do well to listen to both." Francis Bacon

2/26/09: "We must humbly worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). When a person, yielding to God and believing the truth of God, is filled with the Spirit of God, even his faintest whisper will be worship" A. W. Tozer

2/19/09: "Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it only empties today of its strength." C. H. Spurgeon

2/12/09: "The tree of God's promises will not yield its abundance of fruit till shaken with the hand of prayer." Thomas Watson

2/05/09: "He who would glorify his God must set his account upon meeting with many trials. No man can be illustrious before the Lord unless his conflicts be many. If then, yours be a much-tried path, rejoice in it, because you will the better show forth the all-sufficient grace of God." Charles Spurgeon

2/29/09: "We should revel in the joy of believing that God is the sum of all patience and the true essence of kindly good will. We please Him most, not by frantically trying to make ourselves good, but by throwing ourselves into His arms with all our imperfections and believing that He understands everything - and loves us still." A. W. Tozer

1/22/09: "If we insist on keeping Hell, or even earth, we shall not see Heaven. If we accept Heaven, we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell." C. S. Lewis

1/15/09: "In every step of our Christian growth and maturity, and throughout every aspect of our Christian obedience and service, our greatest foe is pride and our greatest ally is humility." John Stott
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