When you are standing very close to a large object, all you can see is the object. Only by stepping back from it can you also see the rest of its setting around it. When we are stunned by some tragedy, we can only see and feel the tragedy. Only with time and distance can we see the tragedy in the context of a whole life and a whole world. – Harold Kushner
The average North American Christian is about 3,000 Bible verses overweight… It’s wonderful that people understand what they believe, but knowledge in and of itself is not a hallmark of Christian maturity. As Paul says, knowledge puffs itself up. Love, by contrast, builds up. And some of the most biblically literate people in Jesus day got by-passed by Jesus. – Carrie Nieuwhof
“I do believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.” – C.S. Lewis
Do not despise any man, however poor he may be; but behave with full respect and kindness to every well-intentioned man, especially to the poor, as to our members worthy of compassion- or, rather to members of Christ- otherwise you will cruelly wound your soul. — St. John of Kronstadt
Romans 12:1 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him…. The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to something for Him. – Oswald Chambers
Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another. — John Maxwell
The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on the shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship. – Martin Luther
Love unites those that iron had chained.
Who will tell Him of our gratitude,
For all of us He is born,
He suffers and dies.
– Adolphe Adam (from the poem “Minuit Chretiens!”, or “Oh Holy Night”)
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. –Thomas Aquinas