in general are equally
horrified at hearing the Christian
doubted, and at
seeing it practiced.
as there comes a warm sunbeam into every cottage window, so comes
a lovebeam of God's care and pity for every separate need.
himself came down and took possession of me. . . I had never
foreseen the possibility of that, of a real contact, person to
person, here below, between a human being and God. . . in this
sudden possession of me by Christ, neither my sense nor my
imagination had any part: I only felt in the midst of my
suffering the presence of a love. -Simone
root of the matter, if we want a stable world, is a very simple
and old-fashioned thing, a thing so simple that I am almost
ashamed to mention it for fear of the derisive smile with which
wise cynics will greet my words. The thing I mean is love,
Christian love, or compassion. If you feel this, you have a
motive for existence, a reason for courage, an imperative
necessity for intellectual honesty. -Bertrand
glory of the star, the glory of the sun--we must not lose either
in the other. We must not be so full of the hope of heaven
that we cannot do our work on the earth; we must not be so lost in
the work of the earth that we shall not be inspired by the hope of
Christianity is not a theory or
speculation, but a life;
not a philosophy of life, but a living presence.
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by
It is every individual's individual code of
behavior by means of which he or she
makes him or herself a better
human being than their nature wants to be, if they followed their nature only.
root of the matter, if we want a stable world, is a very
simple and old-fashioned thing,
a thing so simple that I
am almost ashamed to mention it for fear of the derisive
with which wise cynics will greet my words. The
thing I mean is love, Christian love,
If you feel this, you have a motive for existence,
a reason for courage,
an imperative necessity for
intellectual honesty. -Bertrand
have an unquenchable desire to slow down and find my life
going deeper in my walk with Christ. I want to meet
him in the depths of my soul, away from the stress and
press of everything on top. A relationship with
Christ is the key to fulfilling our deepest longings.
All of life is about filling
the void that sin and
separation from him have created within. Filling
the emptiness with piles of things,
satisfying experiences, and sensual encounters ultimately
proves to achieve less
than what we had hoped for. Christ
is the only one who fits. -Joseph
the same needs we do as a human being. He needed food,
shelter, safety, and love. He showed us how God loved him
for him. He showed us his need for rest when
he pulled away from others
to a quiet place. He showed us
how God wanted us to love our brothers
and sisters by
loving the people around him. He showed us his need to
depend on God and for relationship with God when he
When I look at Jesus' warm and
intimate friendships, my heart fills with praise that
Jesus was. . . a man.
A man of flesh-and-blood reality.
His heart felt the sting of sympathy. His eyes glowed
His arms embraced. His lips smiled. His
hands touched. Jesus was male! Jesus invites us to relate
to him as the Son of Man. And because he is fully man, we
can relate to Jesus with affection and love.
Joni Erickson Tada
is Lord then the only right response to him is surrender
and obedience. He is Savior and he is Lord. We cannot
separate his demands from his love. We cannot dissect
Jesus and relate only to the parts that we like or need. Christ died so that we could be forgiven for managing our
own lives. It would be impossible to thank Christ for
dying and yet to continue running our own lives.
ministry was clearly defined. . . . A choice was made--
full, and free for all.Make
no mistake about it,
the day the choice was made, Jesus became
That day in the
temple he sealed the fate already prepared for him.
How was the world to understand one who rejected
an offer of
power and control? -Joan
of the springtime, Father of flower, field and fruit, smile on us
in these earnest days when the work is heavy and the toil
wearisome; lift up our hearts, O God, to the things
worthwhile--sunshine and night, the dripping rain, the song of the
birds, books and music, and the voices of our friends. Lift
up our hearts to these this night and grant us Thy peace.
Amen. -W.E.B. DuBois
is bigger than any problem. God in you is greater than any
difficulty that you have to meet. God cares for you more
than it is possible for any human being to realize. God can
help you in proportion to the degree in which you worship him.
You worship God by really putting your trust in him instead of in
outer conditions, or in fear, or in depression, or in seeming
dangers, and so forth. You worship God by recognizing his
presence everywhere, in all people and conditions that you meet;
and by praying regularly. You pray well when you pray with
we're helping other people, we're nourishing our soul.
Depression or unhappiness means we've got the wrong goal. We have
forgotten that peace of mind is our only goal. By
concentrating on helping another person, we renew contact with our
soul and with God. We can feel peaceful again. A sense
of joy surrounds us and all the frustration, agitation, and
Peace of mind has nothing to do with the external
world; it has only to do with our connection with God. Love
really is the answer. We're here only to teach love.
When we're doing that, our souls are singing and dancing.
When we remind ourselves that we are spiritual beings, that life
and love are the flame eternal, that's when our soul is
Christians do not commit adultery. They do not bear false
They do not covet their neighbor's goods. They
honor father and mother.
They love their neighbors. They
judge justly. They avoid doing to others
what they do not
wish done to them. They do good to their enemies. They
are kind. -St.
The Christian is not
one who has gone all the way with Christ.
None of us has.
The Christian is one who has found the right road.
-Charles L. Allen
we were watching the distribution of clothing in Jordan,
I found myself wondering what it would be like to be
wearing the clothes of someone else; how it would be like
always in someone else's shoes. Then it occurred to me
that this is precisely what Christianity means--eternally
being in someone else's shoes. -R.
ship's place is in the sea, but God pity the ship when
the sea gets into it.
The Christian's place is in the
world, but God pity the Christians
if the world gets the
best of them. -Anon
The whole history of
the Christian life is a series of resurrections. . .
Every time we find our hearts are troubled, that we are not rejoicing
in God, a resurrection must follow; a
resurrection out of the night
of troubled thought into
the gladness of the truth. -George
In its essence the
Gospel is a call to make the experiment of comradeship,
of fellowship, the experiment of trusting
the heart of things, throwing self-care to the winds,
the sure and certain faith that you will not be deserted,
forsaken nor betrayed, and that
your ultimate interests
are perfectly secure in the hands of the Great Companion. This insight is the center, the kernel, the growing point
of the Christian religion, which,
when we have it, all
else is secure, and when we have it not, all else is
precarious. -L.P. Jacks
does not save us by acting a parable of divine love; He
acts the parable
of divine love by saving us. That
is the Christian faith. -Austin Farber
Why not make the
following experiment, which will not only be thrillingly
but will certainly teach you more in one day
than you could learn from books or lectures
in many weeks.
Here is what you have to do: For one whole
day think, speak, and act exactly
as you would if you
were absolutely convinced of the truth of the statements
that God has all power and infinite intelligence, and
that His nature is
infinite goodness and love.
To think in this manner all day will be the
most difficult thing, because it is so subtle. To speak
in accordance with these truths will be easier, if you
are vigilant. To act in accordance with them will be the
easiest part, although it may require
much in the way of
moral courage. -Emmet Fox
Therefore, as God's
chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves
with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and
patience. Bear with each other
and forgive whatever
grievances you have against one another. Forgive as the
forgave you. And over all these virtues, put on love,
which binds them all together
in perfect unity. -The Apostle Paul
in Colossians 3:12-14
As soon as we lay ourselves entirely at His
feet, we have enough light given to us to guide our own
steps. We are like the foot soldiers, who hear nothing of
the councils that determine the course of the great
battle they are in, but hear plainly enough the word of
command that they must themselves obey.
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