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We may not preach a crucified Saviour without being also crucified men and women. It is not enough to wear an ornamental cross as a pretty decoration. The cross that Paul speaks about was burned into his very flesh, was branded into his being, and only the Holy Spirit can burn the true cross into our innermost life.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Conversion, The Cross

Holiness of heart and life. This is not the perfection of the human nature, but the holiness of the divine nature dwelling within.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Holiness, The Heart

We begin life with the natural, next we come into the spiritual; but then, when we have truly received the kingdom of God and His righteousness, the natural is added to the spiritual, and we are able to receive the gifts of His providence and the blessings of life without becoming centered in them or allowing them to separate us from Him.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Blessings, Gifts, Providence

We must never forget that Christ did not suffer just during His three years of public ministry or the last few days of His life when He was crucified. No, He suffered throughout His life on earth. He who was without sin lived daily with the corruption and sinfulness of lost humanity.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christ, Suffering

Christ is not a reservoir but a spring. His life is continual, active and ever passing on with an outflow as necessary as its inflow. If we do not perpetually draw the fresh supply from the living Fountain, we shall either grow stagnant or empty, It is, therefore, not so much a perpetual fullness as a perpetual filling.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christ

Perils as well as privileges attend the higher Christian life. The nearer we come to God, the thicker the hosts of darkness in heavenly places.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christianity

There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of a believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer...the hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheel of the universe.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Prayer

What we need now for quickening is not so much money and wisdom as the spirit of supplication. Pray for yourself until the new life is infused. When that new life comes, it will lead you to pray for others.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

We need a quickening of faith; faith in the power of the God of Pentecost to convict and convert three thousand in a day. Faith, not in a process of culture by which we hope to train children into a state of salvation, but faith in the mighty God who can quicken a dead soul into life in a moment; faith in moral and spiritual revolution rather than evolution.

    Author: A.C. Dixon
    Topics: Faith, Salvation

Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance that all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain -- well, that may betoken health, as you suppose: but are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Pain

A century or so since, they spoke of sharing our Lord with the heathen, and the world rocked with laughter at so crazy a scheme, with the Church joining loudly in the merriment. Yet today, who laughs now? We ought to be the gladdest and the most exultant people in the world; for we have found the key to our difficulties, and it turns; have come on a solution of life's problems, and it works.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Christianity

What exactly has Christ done for you? What is there in your life that needs Christ to explain it, and that, apart from Him, simply could not have been there at all? If there is nothing, then your religion is a sheer futility. But then that is your fault, not Jesus Christ's.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Religion

You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for one's leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting... It takes all one's strength, and all one's heart, and all one's mind, and all one's soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Godliness

Do you find life too difficult for you? So did we, but not now, with the amplitudes of grace there are for us in Jesus Christ, it grows satisfying and successful and exciting beyond measure, becomes another and a richer thing.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Life, Grace

If we are whimpering, and sniveling, and begging to be spared the discipline of life that is sent to knock some smatterings of manhood into us, the answer to that prayer may never come at all. Thank God! If you are not bleating to get off, but asking to be given grace and strength to see this through with honour, "The very day" you pray that prayer, the answer always comes.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer, Strength

To a true child of God, the invisible bond that unites all believers to Christ is far more tender, and lasting, and precious; and, as we come to recognize and realize that we are all dwelling in one sphere of life in Him, we learn to look on every believer as our brother, in a sense that is infinitely higher than all human relationships. This is the one and only way to bring disciples permanently together. All other plans for promoting the unity of the Church have failed.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Unity

By a matchless parable our Lord there taught us that all believers are branches of the Living Vine, and that, apart from Him we are nothing and can do nothing because we have in us no life.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Jesus, Unity

By faith we are taken into Christ, made at once safe from holy wrath against sin, and kept safe from all perils and penalties. He, our divine Redeemer, becomes to us the new sphere of harmony and unity with God and His law, with His life and His holiness.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Faith, Redemption

If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Missions

Taking up my "cross" means a life voluntarily surrendered to God.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Obedience, The Cross, Surrender

The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Christianity

Faith endures as seeing Him who is invisible; endures the disappointments, the hardships, and the heart-aches of life, by recognizing that all comes from the hand of Him who is too wise to err and too loving to be unkind.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Faith

The neglected heart will soon be a heart overrun with worldly thoughts; the neglected life will soon become a moral chaos.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Morality, Life, The Heart

In almost everything that touches our everyday life on earth, God is pleased when we're pleased. He wills that we be as free as birds to soar and sing our maker's praise without anxiety.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Life, Praise, Freedom

One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organizations do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Life, Church, Unity

For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who do or teach anything wrong, but it is by all means vital for the lover of truth, regardless of the threat of death, to choose to do and say what is right even before saving his own life.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Truth

The Spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Holy Spirit

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its biblical sense, but something else and something less.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Source: Leadership, v. 12, n. 1.
    Topics: Doctrine

In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, 'That is mine!'

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Christ

The curse should no longer rest upon the world itself, but upon that which is sinful in it, and instead of monastic flight from the world the duty is now emphasized of serving God in the world, in every position in life.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Service

God built into the creation a variety of cultural spheres, such as the family, economics, politics, art, and intellectual inquiry. Each of these spheres has its own proper "business" and needs its own unique pattern of authority. When we confuse spheres, by violating the proper boundaries of church and state, for instance, or reducing the academic life to a business enterprise, we trangress the patterns that God has set.

    Author: Abraham Kuyper
    Topics: Creation, Authority

If God gave light and wisdom, the religion of Jesus was soon learned; but without God, a man might study all his life long, and make no proficiency.

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Light, God

The motto of every missionary, whether preacher, printer, or schoolmaster, ought to be "Devoted for life."

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Topics: Missions

...I have now to ask whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world? Whether you can consent to see her departure to a heathen land, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of a missionary life? Whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean; to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death? Can you consent to all this, for the sake of perishing immortal souls; for the sake of Zion and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with a crown of righteousness brightened by the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Saviour from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?

    Author: Adoniram Judson
    Source: a letter written by Adoniram Judson to Ann Hasseltine's father, in which he asked permission to marr
    Topics: Romance, Missions

I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Suffering

If you find a reluctancy to go into the presence of God, there may be unconfessed, unrepented sin in your life. Part of your quiet time is to get your heart clean and pure. Each of us needs to take ourselves by the nap of our necks and confess and repent before we come into God's holy presence to fellowship.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Prayer, Rebellion

If you have a Bible that's falling apart, you'll have a life that's not.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: The Bible, Life

The Bible says the fruit of the spirit is longsuffering. I'll tell you one thing about fruit: you will never see a fruit factory. Isn't that right? You see a shirt factory, but you see a fruit orchard. You see, there is no fruit without life. You cannot manufacture patience. The fruit of the Spirit is patience.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Patience

The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Transformation

It's a fact of earthly life that when God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil opens the doors of hell to blast us. When God begins moving, the devil fires up all his artillery.

    Author: Adrian Rogers
    Topics: Blessings, Satan

If the Declaration of Independence states our creed, there can be no right to abortion, since it means denying the most fundamental right of all to the unborn child, the right to life.

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: Abortion, Life

The Declaration of Independence summarizes the civic principles of American life. It agrees with this biblical perspective when it affirms that we are all created equal and endowed by the Creator, God, with our unalienable rights.

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: America, The Bible

When are Christian folks going to remember that every time you call yourself a Christian, you invoke the name of God, and that if you then walk a walk that does not reflect the presence of Christ in your life, cast a vote that does not reflect the presence of Christ in your life, then you are taking the name of the Lord your God in vain?

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: Christians, Hypocrisy

You can't have it both ways. Either our rights come from God, as our Declaration of Independence says, or they come from human choice. If they come from human choice, then our whole way of life is meaningless, it has no foundation.

    Author: Alan Keyes
    Topics: God, America

Circumstances which we have resented, situations which we have found desperately difficult, have all been the means in the hands of God of driving the nails into the self-life which so easily complains.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Adversity, Circumstances

If you look up into His face and say, "Yes, Lord, whatever it costs," at that moment He'll flood your Life with His presence and power.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Obedience, Holy Spirit, Power

Any battle for victory, power, and deliverance - from ourselves and from sin - which is not based constantly upon the gazing and the beholding of the Lord Jesus, with the heart and life lifted up to Him, is doomed to failure.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Sin, Victory, Power

The man who gazes upon and contemplates day by day the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who has caught the glow of the reality that the Lord is not a theory but an indwelling power and force in his life, is as a mirror reflecting the glory of the Lord.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Power

Christians should be grave and serious, though cheerful and pleasant. They should feel that they have great interests at stake, and that the world has too. They are redeemed--not to make sport; purchased with precious blood--for other purposes than to make men laugh. They are soon to be in heaven--and a man who has any impressive sense of that will habitually feel he has much else to do than to make men laugh. The true course of life is midway between moroseness and levity; sourness and lightness; harshness and jesting. Be benevolent, kind, cheerful, bland, courteous--but serious. Be solemn, thoughtful, deeply impressed with the presence of God and with eternal things--but pleasant affable and benignant. Think not a smile sinful; but think not levity and jesting harmless.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Christians

When life has been well spent; when there is a conscience without reproach; when there is faith in the Saviour; when there is a well-founded hope of heaven, there can be nothing that should disquiet us.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Life

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Success

A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life, Charity, Helping

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Morality, Service, Helping

By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world. By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life

By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Morality

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Morality, Life

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life, he will lose his reverence for all of life.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Friendship, Fire, Thankfulness

Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Service

Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life it is bad to damage and destroy life.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Morality, Life

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others, but it also becomes richer and happier.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life, Service

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life, Morality

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life

The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Success

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Compassion, Life, Helping

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Life, Music

Seek to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

Heaven is endless longing, accompanied with an endless fruition--a longing which is blessedness, a longing which is life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Heaven

If life has not made you by God's grace, through faith, holy--think you, will death without faith do it? The cold waters of that narrow stream are no purifying bath in which you may wash and be clean. No! no! as you go down into them, you will come up from them.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Death, Faith

The risen life of Jesus is the nourishment and strengthening and blessing and life of a Christian. Our daily experience ought to be that there comes, wavelet by wavelet, that silent, gentle, and yet omnipotent influx into our empty hearts, this very life of Christ Himself.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Resurrection

Faith does not grasp a doctrine, but a heart. The trust which Christ requires is the bond that unites souls with Him; and the very life of it is entire committal of myself to Him in all my relations and for all my needs, and absolute utter confidence in Him as all sufficient for everything that I can require.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Faith, Commitment

Do not let the empty cup be your first teacher of the blessings you had when it was full. Do not let a bard place here and there in the bed destroy your rest. Seek, as a plain duty, to cultivate a buoyant, joyous sense of the crowded kindnesses of God in your daily life.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Joy

If you want to live in this world, doing the duty of life, knowing the blessings of it, doing your work heartily, and yet not absorbed by it, remember that the one power whereby you can so act is, that all shall be consecrated to Christ, and done for His sake.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Service, Power, Consecration

It is not the thinker who is the true king of men, as we sometimes hear it proudly said. We need one who will not only show, but be the Truth; who will not only point, but open and be the way; who will not only communicate thought, but give, because He is the Life. Not the rabbi's pulpit, nor the teacher's desk, still less the gilded chairs of earthly monarchs, least of all the tents of conquerors, are the throne of the true king. He rules from the cross.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Jesus

Let the current of your being set towards God, then your life will be filled and calmed by one master-passion which unites and stills the soul.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Passion

Logically, faith comes first, and love next; but in life they will spring up together in the soul; the interval which separates them is impalpable, and in every act of trust, love is present; and fundamental to every emotion of love to Christ is trust in Christ.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Faith, Love

Every life has dark tracks and long stretches of somber tint, and no representation is true to fact which dips its pencil only in light, and flings no shadows on the canvas.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Life

Ordinary human motives will appeal in vain to the ears which have heard the tones of the heavenly music; and all the pomp of life will show poor and tawdry to the sight that has gazed on the vision of the great white throne and the crystal sea.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Holiness

We are only asking you to give to Christ that which you give to others, to transfer the old emotions, the blessed emotions, the exercise of which makes gladness in the life here below, to transfer them to Him, and to rest safe in the Lord. Faith is trust.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Obedience

We believe that to Christ belongs creative power--that "without Him was not anything made which was made." We believe that from Him came all life at first. In Him life was as in its deep source. He is the fountain of life. We believe that as no being comes into existence without His creative power, so none continues to exist without His sustaining energy. We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence, and that the centre of the whole universe is the cross of Cavalry.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Creation

Prayer is the only way to amend your life: and without prayer, it will never be mended.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

Every kind of prayer, not intercessory prayer only, which is the highest kind of prayer, but all prayer, from the lowest kind to the highest, is impossible in a life of known and allowed sin.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Intercession

No man's prayer is acceptable with God whose life is not well pleasing before God.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer, Life

If you find your life of prayer to be always so short, and so easy, and so spiritual, as to be without cost and strain and sweat to you, you may depend upon it, you have not yet begun to pray.

    Author: Alexander Whyte
    Topics: Prayer

Many of us are tempted to find the key in doing, but the answer is actually found in being. It is vital that we are routinely humbled by the reminder that Christian life is grounded, not in what we can do, but what has been done for us and what we need done to us.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Humility

Thank God for the battle verses in the Bible. We go into the unknown every day of our lives, and especially every Monday morning, for the week is sure to be a battlefield, outwardly and inwardly in the unseen life of the spirit, which is often by far the sternest battlefield for souls. Either way, the Lord your God goes before you, He shall fight for you!

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: The Bible

Blessed are the single-hearted, for they shall enjoy much peace... If you refuse to be hurried and pressed, if you stay your soul on God, nothing can keep you from that clearness of spirit which is life and peace. In that stillness you know what His will is.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Peace

Revivals begin with God's own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion, and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones... Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God! If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!

    Author: Andrew Bonar
    Topics: Revival, Zeal

A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Revival, Worldliness

Abide in Jesus, the sinless One - which means, give up all of self and its life, and dwell in God's will and rest in His strength. This is what brings the power that does not commit sin.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Selfishness

God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Surrender

If the spiritual life be healthy, under the full power of the Holy Spirit, praying without ceasing will be natural.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

May not a single moment of my life be spent outside the light, love and joy of God's presence and not a moment without the entire surrender of myself as a vessel for Him to fill full of His Spirit and His love.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Surrender

Prayer is the natural and joyous breathing of the spiritual life by which the heavenly atmosphere is inhaled and then exhaled in prayer.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God's holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Holiness, Humility

There is need of a great revival of spiritual life, of truly fervent devotion to our Lord Jesus, of entire consecration to His service. It is only in a church in which this spirit of revival has at least begun, that there is any hope of radical change in the relation of the majority of our Christian people to mission work.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Revival, Consecration

Through His Spirit, the Spirit of prayer, our life may be one of continual prayer. The Spirit of prayer will help you become an intercessor, asking great things of God for those around you.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit

We have within us a self that has its poison from Satan--from hell--and yet we cherish and nourish it. What do we not do to please self and nourish self--and we make the devil within us strong. ... Look at your own life. What are the works of hell? They are chiefly these three: self-will, self-trust, and self-exaltation.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Self-love

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One touch of Christ is worth a lifetime of struggling.

    Author: A.B. Simpson
    Topics: Christ

The conversion of a soul is the miracle of a moment, but the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Salvation

Life, if properly viewed in any aspect, is great, but mainly great when viewed in its relation to the world to come.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: Life, Heaven

Only he who can say, "The Lord is the strength of my life" can say, "Of whom shall I be afraid?"

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Strength, Fear

If you love your 'Truths' more than you love people, then you are an out-and-out Pharisee. Nothing less. And you will create condemnation and death in people, rather than 'conviction' and LIFE.

    Author: Andrew Strom
    Topics: Love, Life

As we live a life that is about as unlike Jesus as you can get, a life of comfort and coddling undreamt of by billions around the world;- a lifestyle in the top 10% of the earth today (-in debt up to our eyeballs all the while) - the fact is that we don't really CARE that we have lost original Christianity, do we? We are too busy, man. Don't bother us with that kind of talk.

    Author: Andrew Strom
    Topics: Christianity, Apathy

I never knew any man in my life who could not bear another's misfortunes perfectly like a Christian.
- Alexander Pope

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Christians, Service

Prayer that runs its course till the last day of life needs a strong and tranquil soul.
- Clement of Alexandria

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer

I spent twenty years of my life trying to recruit people out of local churches and into missions structures so that they could be involved in fulfilling God's global mission. Now I have another idea. Let's take God's global mission and put it right in the middle of the local church!
- George Miley

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Church, Missions

The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy's temptations.
- John Wycliffe

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Temptation, Satan

Our yesterdays follow us; they constitute our life, and they give character and force and meaning to our present deeds.
- Joseph Parker

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Life

The utmost we can hope for in this life is contentment.
- Joseph Addison

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Contentment

We pass our life in deliberation, and we die upon it.
- Pasquier Quesnel

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Reasoning

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
- Patrick Henry

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Perseverance, Liberty

Prayer is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end.
- Richard Hooker

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Prayer, Righteousness

Life is but one continual course of instruction, The hand of the parent writes on the heart of the child the first faint characters which time deepens into strength so that nothing can efface them.
- Rowland Hill

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Education, Children, Parents

The seed once sown grows of itself, from its own impulse and power of life. The self-inherent power of growth of the kingdom of God.
- Rudolph Stier

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Scripture, Power

Your actions, in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a grain of seed for eternal life.
- Bernard of Clairvaux

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Good and Evil, Work, Eternal Life

Men are born to trouble at first, and exercised in it all their days. There is a cry at the beginning of life, and a groan at its close.
- William D. Arnot

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Life, Men

A man may lose the good things of this life against his will; but if he loses the eternal blessings, he does so with his own consent.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Blessings, Eternity

Whomsoever the last day of his own life finds unprepared, this last day will find unprepared also.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Death

We are certainly in a common class with the beasts; every action of animal life is concerned with seeking bodily pleasure and avoiding pain.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Life, Animals

At times one hesitates to reprove or admonish evil-doers, either because one seeks a more favorable moment or fears his rebuke might make them worse, and further, discourage weak brethren from seeking to lead a good and holy life, or turn them aside from the faith. In such circumstances forbearance is not prompted by selfish considerations but by well advised charity.

    Author: Augustine
    Source: City of God
    Topics: Apathy

There is a joy which is not given to the ungodly, but to those who love Thee for Thine own sake, whose joy Thou Thyself art. And this is the happy life, to rejoice to Thee, of Thee, for Thee; this it is, and there is no other.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Joy

What can be more excellent than prayer; what is more profitable to our life; what sweeter to our souls; what more sublime, in the course of our whole life, than the practice of prayer!

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is the preface to the book of Christian living; the text of the new life sermon; the girding on of the armor for battle; the pilgrim's preparation for his journey. It must be supplemented by action or it amounts to nothing.

    Author: Austin Phelps
    Topics: Prayer

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Money, Attitude

The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Romance

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'

    Author: Billy Graham
    Topics: Christianity, Discouragement, Prayer

Deathbed repentance is burning the candle of life in the service of the devil, and then blowing the smoke into the face of God.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Death

The inconsistency is not in the Bible, but in your life.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: The Bible, Life

To discover a flaw in our makeup is a chance to get rid of it, and add a new line of beauty to our life.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Life, Beauty

All the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Life, Prayer

Between us and heaven or hell there is only life, which is the frailest thing in the world.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Life

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth

We do not content ourselves with the life we have in ourselves; we desire to live an imaginary life in the minds of others, and for this purpose we endeavor to shine.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Life

All great amusements are dangerous to the Christian life; but among all those which the world has invented there is none more to be feared than the theatre.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Source: Pensees,1660.
    Topics: Carnality

The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the might of God.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Piety

Let it not be imagined that the life of a good Christian must be a life of melancholy and gloominess; for he only resigns some pleasures to enjoy others infinitely better.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Christians

The end we ought to propose to ourselves is to become, in this life, the most perfect worshippers of God we can possibly be, as we hope to be through all eternity.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Worship

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Worship, Prayer

Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Faithful

Nothing in the afterlife of the believer adds in the smallest degree to his title of favor with God, nor to his perfect security. Through faith alone this standing before God is conferred, and before Him the weakest person, if he be but a true believer on the Lord Jesus Christ, has precisely the same title as the most illustrious saint.

    Author: C.I. Scofield
    Topics: Heaven

When humans should have become as perfect in voluntary obedience as the inanimate creation is in its lifeless obedience, then they will put on its glory, or rather that greater glory of which Nature is only the first sketch.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Obedience, Creation

When God becomes a Man and lives as a creature among His own creatures in Palestine, then indeed His life is one of supreme self-sacrifice and leads to Calvary.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Jesus, Salvation, Sacrifice

It was when I was happiest that I longed most. The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing to find the place where all the beauty came from.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Happiness, Beauty

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Suffering, Nature

For whatever else the religious life may be, it is the fountain of self-knowledge and disillusion, the safest form of psychoanalysis.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Book Review, Review of English Studies
    Topics: Religion

Though we cannot experience our life as an endless present, we are eternal in God's eyes; that is, in our deepest reality.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Letters to Malcolm
    Topics: Life, Eternity

Only He who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Letters (c. September 1940)
    Topics: Death, Life

The natural life in each of us is something self-centred, something that wants to be petted and admired, to take advantage of other lives, to exploit the whole universe.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Mere Christianity
    Topics: Pride

[The natural life] knows that if the spiritual life gets hold of it, all its self-centredness and self-will are going to be killed and it is ready to fight tooth and nail to avoid that.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: Mere Christianity
    Topics: Conversion

Prostitutes are in no danger of finding their present life so satisfactory that they cannot turn to God: the proud, the avaricious, the self-righteous, are in that danger.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Problem of Pain
    Topics: Pride, Self-righteousness

What is outside the system of self-giving is no earth, nor nature, nor 'ordinary life', but simply and solely Hell. Yet even Hell derives from this law such reality as it has.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Giving, Nature

Christianity is a world that is a great sculptor's shop. We are the statues and there a rumor going around the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Christianity

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Philosophy

If we really think that home is elsewhere and that this life is a "wandering to find home," why should we not look forward to the arrival?

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Heaven

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: A Grief Observed
    Topics: Believing

To be in Christ is the source of the Christian's life; to be like Christ is the sum of His excellence; to be with Christ is the fullness of His joy.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Christ

The Scriptures teach that the happiness or blessedness of believers in a future life will be greater or less in proportion to the service of Christ in this life. Those who love little, do little; and those who do little, enjoy less.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Service

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God, and therefore the life and governing power of the Church, resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.

    Author: Charles Hodge
    Topics: Doctrine

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

    Author: Charles Kingsley
    Topics: Happiness, Comfort

Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; do noble things, not dream them all day long; and so make life, death, and that vast forever one grand, sweet song.

    Author: Charles Kingsley
    Topics: Character

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with Him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendor.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: God, Resurrection

Go forth today, by the help of God's Spirit, vowing and declaring that in life - come poverty, come wealth, in death - come pain or come what may, you are and ever must be the Lord's. For this is written on your heart, 'We love Him because He first loved us.'

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Holy Spirit, Perseverance

I believe that nothing happens apart from divine determination and decree. We shall never be able to escape from the doctrine of divine predestination - the doctrine that God has foreordained certain people unto eternal life.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Heresy, Doctrine, Eternal Life

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ, accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone, for justification, sanctification, and eternal life by virtue of God's grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Justification, Sanctification, Eternal Life

A man must have a stout digestion to feed upon some men's theology; no sap, no sweetness, no life, but all stern accuracy, and fleshless definition. Proclaimed without tenderness, and argued without affection, the gospel from such men rather resembles a missile from a catapult than bread from a Father's hand.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Theology, The Gospel

A man's life is always more forcible than his speech. When men take stock of him they reckon his deeds as dollars and his words as pennies. If his life and doctrine disagree the mass of onlookers accept his practice and reject his preaching.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Life, Examples

Another proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life. If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of and his conversion is a fiction.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Conversion, Repentance

Doubt discovers difficulties which it never solves; it creates hesitancy, despondency, despair. Its progress is the decay of comfort, the death of peace. "Believe!" is the word which speaks life into a man, but doubt nails down his coffin.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 35.455.
    Topics: Doubt

I know of nothing which I would choose to have as the subject of my ambition for life than to be kept faithful to my God till death, still to be a soul winner, still to be a true herald of the cross, and testify the name of Jesus to the last hour. It is only such who in the ministry shall be saved.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Faithful

In holiness God is more clearly seen than in anything else, save in the Person of Christ Jesus the Lord, of whose life such holiness is but a repetition.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Holiness

It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: I am the Lord, I Change Not, Devotional from Mal. 3:6.
    Topics: Life

It is, perhaps, one of the hardest struggles of the Christian life to learn this sentence - "Not unto us, not unto us, but unto Thy name be glory."

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: A Jealous God, Sermon 502, March 29, 1863.
    Topics: Submission

Nothing makes a man so virtuous as belief of the truth. A lying doctrine will soon beget a lying practice. A man cannot have an erroneous belief without by-and-by having an erroneous life. I believe the one thing naturally begets the other.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermon, A Defense of Calvinism.
    Topics: Doctrine, Truth

Oh, without prayer what are the church's agencies, but the stretching out of a dead man's arm, or the lifting up of the lid of a blind man's eye? Only when the Holy Spirit comes is there any life and force and power.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: 8.465.
    Topics: Prayer, Holy Spirit, Power

The best moment of a Christian's life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Eternity

The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up. You have to cut every step with an ice axe. Only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress. If you want to know how to backslide, leave off going forward. Cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity. You can never stand still.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Christianity, Backsliding

The trials of a true minister are not few... Let no man who looks for ease of mind and seeks the quietude of life enter the ministry; if he does so he will flee from it in disgust.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Minister's Fainting Fits, Lectures to My Students, Lecture XI, 1856.
    Topics: Preaching

The worst evils of life are those which do not exist except in our imagination. If we had no troubles but real troubles, we should not have a tenth part of our present sorrows. We feel a thousand deaths in fearing one, but the (the Christian) cured of the disease of fearing.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Treasury of David, Psalm 23.
    Topics: Fear

There is no more blessed way of living, than the life of faith based upon a covenant-keeping God - to know that we have no care, for He cares for us; that we need have no fear, except to fear Him; that we need have no troubles, because we have cast our burdens upon the Lord, and are conscience that He will sustain us.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Faith

We want personal consecration. I have heard that word pronounced purse and all consecration, a most excellent pronunciation. He who loves Jesus consecrates to Him all that he has, and feels it a delight that he may lay anything at the feet of Him who laid down his life for us.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Giving, Consecration

When we bless God for mercies, we usually prolong them. When we bless God for miseries, we usually end them. Praise is the honey of life which a devout heart extracts from every bloom of providence and grace.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Praise

Christ will be master of the heart, and sin must be mortified. If your life is unholy, then your heart is unchanged, and you are an unsaved person. The Savior will sanctify His people, renew them, give them a hatred of sin, and a love of holiness.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: The Heart

I wish, brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate "the pearl oyster"--A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot reject the evil, but what does it do but "cover" it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl! Oh, that we could do so with the provocations we receive from our fellow Christians, so that pearls of patience, gentleness, and forgiveness might be bred within us by that which otherwise would have harmed us.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Godliness

The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves--so that we can say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me."

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Godliness

Adversity is not simply a tool. It is God's most effective tool for the advancement of our spiritual lives. The circumstances and events that we see as setbacks are oftentimes the very things that launch us into periods of intense spiritual growth. Once we begin to understand this, and accept it as a spiritual fact of life, adversity becomes easier to bear.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Adversity, Circumstances, Growth

God is looking for imperfect men and women who have learned to walk in moment-by-moment dependence on the Holy Spirit. Christians who have come to terms with their inadequacies, fears, and failures. Believers who have become discontent with 'surviving' and have taken the time to investigate everything God has to offer in this life.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Obedience, Women, Discontentment

When you become consumed by God's call on your life, everything will take on new meaning and significance. You will begin to see every facet of your life - including your pain - as a means through which God can work to bring others to Himself.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Obedience

God has a course mapped out for your life, and all the inadequacies in the world will not change His mind. He will be with you every step of the way. And though it may take time, He has a celebration planned for when you cross over the Red Seas of your life.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: God, Life

Although we will never be perfect in this life, it's God's passionate desire to continually transform our hearts and lives to reflect the beauty, love and holiness of Jesus.

    Author: Chip Ingram
    Topics: Life, The Heart

Nothing will enter your life that God does not either decree or allow. And nothing will ever enter your life that, if you are willing to trust in him, he cannot work out for your good.

    Author: Chip Ingram
    Topics: Life

As we get close to God, he is going to reveal things in our life that aren't pretty. We'll see the patterns of bitterness, anger, manipulation, and hurt that have cycled in our relationships.

    Author: Chip Ingram
    Topics: Character

You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends.

    Author: Chuck Colson
    Topics: Truth

The pro-life agenda has no meaning apart from its being rooted in absolute truth, in self-evident truths - truths that are true because they're true, not because somebody says they are true.

    Author: Chuck Colson
    Topics: Abortion, Truth

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Friendship, The Heart, Joy

The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Life, Achievement, Excellence

Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Life, Attitude

Few things are more infectious than a godly lifestyle. The people you rub shoulders with everyday need that kind of challenge. Not prudish. Not preachy. Just cracker jack clean living. Just honest to goodness, bone - deep, non-hypocritical integrity.

    Author: Chuck Swindoll
    Topics: Holiness, Integrity


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