Quotes for
the Journey:

Christianity 2

People in general are equally
horrified at hearing the Christian
religion doubted, and at
seeing it practiced.

Samuel Butler


Just as there comes a warm sunbeam into every cottage window, so comes a lovebeam of God's care and pity for every separate need.     -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Christ 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 Weil
The 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 Russell
The 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 heaven.     -Phillips Brooks
Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a living presence.       -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by the word.  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.       -William Faulkner
The 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 Russell
I 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, earthly friendships, satisfying experiences, and sensual encounters ultimately proves to achieve less than what we had hoped for.  Christ is the only one who fits.       -Joseph M. Stowell
Jesus had the same needs we do as a human being.  He needed food, shelter, safety, and love. He showed us how God loved him and provided 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 prayed.       - Betty Blaylock
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 with tenderness.  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
If Jesus 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.       -Rebecca Pippert
Jesus' ministry was clearly defined. . . . A choice was made-- life abundant, full, and free for all.  Make no mistake about it, the day the choice was made, Jesus became suspect.  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 B. Campbell

Lord 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
God 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 joy.     -Emmet Fox
When 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 self-anger disappears.
   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 nourished.     -Gerald Jampolsky
The Christians do not commit adultery. They do not bear false witness.  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. Aristides
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
When 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. Paul Freed
The 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  MacDonald
In its essence the Gospel is a call to make the experiment of comradeship, the experiment of fellowship, the experiment of trusting the heart of things, throwing self-care to the winds, in 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
Christ 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 interesting, 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 Lord 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.       -George Eliot

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