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  1. 1. A Collection of Christian QuotationsCHRISTIAN QUOTES Read and Be Blessed
  2. 2. CHRISTIAN QUOTESContentsBLESSINGS .................................................................................................................................. 2CHILDREN ................................................................................................................................... 7CHRISTMAS ............................................................................................................................... 28DEATH ........................................................................................................................................ 30ENCOURAGEMENT .................................................................................................................. 51FAITH .......................................................................................................................................... 52FAMILY ...................................................................................................................................... 72FEAR ........................................................................................................................................... 78FORGIVENESS........................................................................................................................... 98FREEDOM................................................................................................................................. 105FRIENDSHIP............................................................................................................................. 112GOD’S HOLINESS ................................................................................................................... 117GRACE ...................................................................................................................................... 120GRACE AND MERCY.............................................................................................................. 141HEALING .................................................................................................................................. 142HOPE ......................................................................................................................................... 144JOY ............................................................................................................................................ 145LIFE ........................................................................................................................................... 166LOVE ......................................................................................................................................... 185MARRIAGE .............................................................................................................................. 203PEACE ....................................................................................................................................... 210PRAISE ...................................................................................................................................... 226PRAYER .................................................................................................................................... 237PRIDE ........................................................................................................................................ 257SALVATION ............................................................................................................................. 265SIN ............................................................................................................................................. 282STRENGTH ............................................................................................................................... 294THANKSGIVING ..................................................................................................................... 314TRUST ....................................................................................................................................... 317WORSHIP.................................................................................................................................. 339 PAGE 1
  3. 3. BLESSINGS BLESSINGS “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.” - A.B. Simpson “Prayer is the way and means God has appointed for the communication of the blessings of His goodness to His people.” - A.W. Pink “How does it secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity, to those generations yet unborn, to kill them, aborting them in the womb?” - Alan Keyes “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.” - Alexander MacLaren “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.” - Alexander MacLaren “We have all been encouraged to feel in the guardianship and guidance of that Almighty Being whose power regulates the destiny of nations, whose blessings have been so conspicuously dispensed to this rising Republic.” - James Madison “Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.” - Patrick Henry “Let your prayer for temporal blessings be strictly limited to things absolutely necessary.” - Bernard of Clairvaux “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.” - Augustine PAGE 2
  4. 4. BLESSINGS “What can I give back to God for the blessings hes poured out on me? Ill lift high the cup of salvation - a toast to God!” - Bono “Our faith itself, though it be the bond of our union with Christ through which we receive all His blessings, is not our saviour. We have but one Saviour; and that one Saviour is Jesus Christ our Lord. Nothing that we are and nothing that we can do enters in the slightest measure into the ground of our acceptance with God. Jesus did it all.” - B.B. Warfield “In all states of dilemma or of difficulty, prayer is an available source. The ship of prayer may sail through all temptations, doubts and fears, straight up to the throne of God; and though she may be outward bound with only griefs, and groans, and sighs, she shall return freighted with a wealth of blessings!” - Charles Spurgeon “God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite.” - F.F. Bruce “There are three requisites to the proper enjoyment of earthly blessings: a thankful reflection, on the goodness of the giver; a deep sense of our own unworthiness; and a recollection of the uncertainty of our long possessing them. The first will make us grateful; the second, humble; and the third, moderate.” - Hannah More “The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” - Henry Ward Beecher “Life is a journey, not a home; a road, not a city of habitation; and the enjoyments and blessings we have are but little inns on the roadside of life, where we may be refreshed for a moment, that we may with new strength press on to the end - to the rest that remaineth for the people of God.” - Horatius Bonar “Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them; and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly: for this day only is ours, we are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow.” - Jeremy Taylor “The private and personal blessings we enjoy - the blessings of immunity, safeguard, liberty and integrity - deserve the thanksgiving of a whole life.” - Jeremy Taylor PAGE 3
  5. 5. BLESSINGS “Faith is the root of all blessings. Believe, and you shall be saved; believe, and you must needs be satisfied; believe, and you cannot but be comforted and happy.” - Jeremy Taylor “He that hath so many and great causes of joy, and yet is in love with sorrow and peevishness, deserves to starve in the midst of plenty, and to want comfort, while he is encircled with blessings.” - Jeremy Taylor “We are brought into Gods Kingdom by grace; we are sanctified by grace; we receive both temporal and spiritual blessings by grace; we are motivated to obedience by grace; we are called to serve and, finally, we are glorified by grace. The entire Christian life is lived under the reign of Gods grace.” - Jerry Bridges “The process of biblical change, explained in Gods Word, begins when you repent of your sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. God has given you everything you need to make the changes in your life that will please Him and will lead to His blessings. As you continue to obey Gods Word, biblical change toward maturity will occur in your life until you see Jesus face to face.” - John C. Broger “All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.” - John Calvin “However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.” - John Calvin “Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.” - John Chrysostom “The present benefit of spiritual discipline is a fulfilled, God-blessed, fruitful, and useful life. If you get involved in spiritual gymnastics, the blessings of godliness will carry on into eternity. Although many people spend far more time exercising their bodies than their souls, the excellent servant of Jesus Christ realizes that spiritual discipline is a priority.” - John MacArthur “God promises spectacular blessings to those of you who remain single in Christ, and He gives you and extraordinary calling for your life. To be single in Christ is, therefore, not a falling short of Gods best, but a path of Christ-exalting, covenant-keeping obedience that many are called to walk.” - John Piper PAGE 4
  6. 6. BLESSINGS “When the heart full of Gods love can draw on the mind full of Gods word, timely blessings flow from the mouth.” - John Piper Those who go to Heaven ride on a pass and enter into blessings that they never earned, but all who go to hell pay their own way. - John R. Rice “Infidelity and Faith look both through the same perspective-glass, but at contrary ends. Infidelity looks through the wrong end of the glass; and, therefore, sees those objects near which are afar off, and makes great things little, diminishing the greatest spiritual blessings, and removing far from us threatened evils. Faith looks at the right end, and brings the blessings that are far off close to our eye, and multiplies Gods mercies, which, in the distance, lost their greatness.” - Joseph Hall “Gods greatest blessings are upon those who show the proper respect for the poor and the needy.” - Lester Roloff “What we count the ills of life are often blessings in disguise, resulting in good to us in the end. Though for the present not joyous but grievous, yet, if received in a right spirit, they work out fruits of righteousness for us at last.” - Matthew Henry “God wants to see prayers that are filled with genuine praise and thanksgiving for what He has done in the past. He wants our hearts to be filled with awe and gratitude for His blessings. He wants us to set up memorials in our hearts testifying to the provisions He has given us.” - Michael Youssef “Being disconnected from the local church, for whatever reason, is a dangerous way to live. Not only do these "lone rangers" miss out on the blessings of functioning within the context of the body of Christ, but like lone sheep away from the safety of the flock and the watchful care of the shepherd, they are vulnerable to predators of every sort. ” - Nancy Leigh DeMoss Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit" - contrary to what we would expect, brokenness is the pathway to blessing! There are no alternative routes; there are no short- cuts. The very thing we dread and are tempted to resist is actually the means to Gods greatest blessings in our lives. - Nancy Leigh DeMoss “Jesus is moved to happiness every time He sees that you appreciate what He has done for you. Grip His pierced hand and say to Him, "I thank Thee, Saviour, because Thou has died for me." Thank Him likewise for all the other blessings He has showered upon you from day to day. It brings joy to Jesus.” - Ole Hallesby PAGE 5
  7. 7. BLESSINGS “Gods children improve all advantages to advance their grand end; they labour to grow better by blessings and crosses, and to make sanctified use of all things.” - Richard Sibbes “An angelic life, spent between ascending in prayer to fetch blessings from above, and descending to scatter them among men.” - Robert Leighton “To love God is the greatest of virtues; to be loved by God is the greatest of blessings.” - Author Unknown “A little child often runs to its mother and exclaims: Mother! Mother! Very often the child does not want anything in particular, he only wants to be near his mother, to sit upon her lap, or to follow her about the house, for the sheer pleasure of being near her, talking to her, hearing her dear voice. Then the child is happy. His happiness does not consist in asking and receiving all kinds of things from his mother. If that were what he wanted, he would be impatient and obstinate and therefore unhappy. No, his happiness lies in feeling his mothers love and care, and in knowing the joy of her mother love." "It is just the same with the true children of God; they do not trouble themselves so much about spiritual blessings. They only want to sit at the Lords feet, to be in living touch with Him, and when they do that they are supremely content.” - Sadhu Sundar Singh “While I was in Tibet I saw a Buddhist, a monk, who had lived for five or six years in a cave. When he went into the cave he had good eyesight. But because he stayed so long in the darkness his eyes grew weaker and weaker, and at last he became quite blind. It is just the same with us. If we do not use the blessings which we have received from God for His Glory, we are in danger of losing them forever.” - Sadhu Sundar Singh “Many favors which God gives us ravel out for want of hemming through our unthankfulness; for though prayer purchases blessings, giving praise keeps the quiet possession of them.” - Thomas Fuller “Too many Christians are stuffing themselves with gospel blessings while millions have never had a taste.” - Vance Havner “Some of your greatest blessings come with patience.” - Warren Wiersbe “Grace is not such a beggarly visitant, as will not pay its own way. When the best of beings is adored, the best of blessings are enjoyed.” - William Secker “Cherish your enemies; they may be blessings in disguise.” - Woodrow Kroll “Concentrate on counting your blessings and youll have little time to count anything else.” - Woodrow Kroll PAGE 6
  8. 8. CHILDREN CHILDREN “There is no harm whatever in having money, houses, lands, friends and children if you do not value these things or ones for themselves.” - A.B. Simpson “God has His spiritual splints that He wants to put upon His children and keep them quiet and unmoved until they pass the first stage of faith.” - A.B. Simpson “When we have accepted Jesus Christ, we have become akin to the Father; having become real children of God, we then have the spirit of sonship by which we can come into His presence and make known our wants in a familiar way.” - A.C. Dixon We must pass by the good, moral man, and seek the outcast. We must pass by those who, we think, would make the best members of the Church, and go with our invitation to the very refuse of Society. Sad to say, we must. sometimes pass by our very children while we go out after others not related to us by fleshly ties. - A.C. Dixon 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. - A.C. Dixon An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others. - A.W. Tozer God sometimes doth not mind his children when they cry, that they may hereby take occasion to remember how oft he hath cried and they have not minded him. - Abraham Wright Children ought to be dealt with, in regard to the duty of accepting Christ, as closely and seriously as older people... Personal dealing is required; a dealing with them one by one. - Andrew Bonar There is a practical error very common among Gods people. All of them profess to believe that the Holy Spirit may convert souls at any age, and that conversion cannot take place too soon; while yet they do not look for the conversion of children with the same lively faith that they manifest in asking and expecting the Holy Spirit to change those who are of riper years. - Andrew Bonar PAGE 7
  9. 9. CHILDREN The secret of homemade rule is self rule, first being ourselves what we want our children to be. - Andrew Murray It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. - Charles Dickens Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold. - Ludwig von Beethoven How we have prayed for a Revival - we did not care whether it was old-fashioned or not - what we asked for was that it should be such that would cleanse and revive His children and set them on fire to win others. - Mary Booth Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point. - Augustine The so-called innocence of children is more a matter of weakness of limb, than purity of heart. - Augustine When human reason has exhausted every possibility, the children can go to their Father and receive all they need. ... For only when you have become utterly dependent upon prayer and faith, only when all human possibilities have been exhausted, can you begin to reckon that God will intervene and work His miracles. - Basilea Schlink Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children. - Billy Graham If you would have your children turn out well, dont turn your home into a lunch counter and lodging house. - Billy Sunday Not to walk in the straight and narrow way yourself, is to give the devil the biggest kind of a chance to get our children. - Billy Sunday Scripture plainly tells us of this mingling of tares and wheat--of mere professors among true believers. Yet misguided students have frequently applied to the children of God the warnings and exhortations meant only for the self-deceived or hypocritical. - C.I. Scofield PAGE 8
  10. 10. CHILDREN The worst attitude of all would be the professional attitude which regards children in the lump as a sort of raw material which we have to handle. - C.S. Lewis Christ wants a childs heart, but a grown-ups head. He wants us to be simple, single- minded, affectionate, and teachable, as good children are; but He also wants every bit of intelligence we have to be alert at its job, and in first-class fighting trim. - C.S. Lewis The gospel is so simple that small children can understand it, and it is so profound that studies by the wisest theologians will never exhaust its riches. - Charles Hodge It is a fact that unless children are brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, they, and the society which they constitute or control, will go to destruction. Consequently, when a state resolves that religious instruction shall be banished from the schools and other literary institutions, it virtually resolves on self-destruction. - Charles Hodge I have no faith in that woman who talks of grace and glory abroad, and uses no soap and water at home. Let the buttons be on the shirts, let the childrens socks be mended, let the roast mutton be done to a turn, let the house be as neat as a new pin, and the home be as happy as home can be. - Charles Spurgeon We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our childrens children will go that way; but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word. - Charles Spurgeon Any man who declares children to be born perfect never was a father. Your child without evil? You without eyes, you mean! - Charles Spurgeon As sure as God puts His children in the furnace of affliction, He will be with them in it. - Charles Spurgeon God never punishes his children in the sense of avenging justice. He chastens as a father does his child, but he never punishes his redeemed as a judge does a criminal. It is unjust to exact punishment from redeemed souls since Christ has been punished in their place. How shall the Lord punish twice for one offense? - Charles Spurgeon If we never have headaches through rebuking our children, we shall have plenty of heartaches when they grow up. - Charles Spurgeon PAGE 9
  11. 11. CHILDREN There is no attribute of God more comforting to His children than the doctrine of Divine Sovereignty. Under the most adverse circumstances, in the most severe troubles, they believe that Sovereignty hath ordained their afflictions, that Sovereignty overrules them, and that Sovereignty will sanctify them all. - Charles Spurgeon Those children who are of sufficient years to sin and be saved by faith have to listen to the gospel and receive it by faith. And they can do this, God the Holy Spirit helping them. There is no doubt about it, because great numbers have done it. I will not say at what age children are first capable of receiving the knowledge of Christ, but it is much earlier than some fancy. - Charles Spurgeon We must keep from sin. If Christ has indeed saved us from sin, we cannot bear the thought of falling into it. Those who take delight in sin are not the children of God. If you are a child of God, you hate it with a perfect hatred, and your very soul loathes it. - Charles Spurgeon When a tear is wept by you, think not your Father does not behold; for, "Like as a father pities his children so the Lord pities them that fear Him." Your sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah; your whisper can incline His ear unto you; your prayer can stay His hands; your faith can move His arm. Oh! think not that God sits on high in an eternal slumber, taking no account of you. - Charles Spurgeon Who is to have authority in the matter of gracious adoption? The children of wrath? Surely not; and yet all men are such! No, it stands to reason, to common sense, that none but the parent can have the discretion to adopt. - Charles Spurgeon You cannot control your children, you say. Then the Lord have mercy on you! It is your business to do it, and you must do it, or else you will soon find they will control you. No one knows what judgment will come from God upon those who allow sin in children to go unrebuked. - Charles Spurgeon You will never make a missionary of the person who does no good at home. He that will not serve the Lord in the Sunday school at home, will not win children to Christ in China. - Charles Spurgeon The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us. - Charles Spurgeon PAGE 10
  12. 12. CHILDREN Remember that you are not called to produce successful, upwardly mobile, highly educated, athletically talented machines...Giving your children great opportunities is good; it is not, however, the goal of parenting. Christlikeness is. Above all, seek to raise children who look and act a lot like Jesus. - Chip Ingram Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. - Chuck Swindoll God owns all; He owns me; He owns my home; He owns my children; He owns my property. I have called your attention before to the fact that the modern idea of ownership is pagan. The Christian idea is this: that God is the absolute owner of all things. - Clovis G. Chappell You want to mess up the minds of your children? Heres how - guaranteed! Rear them in a legalistic, tight context of external religion, where performance is more important than reality. Fake your faith. Sneak around and pretend your spirituality . Train your children to do the same. Embrace a long list of dos and donts publicly but hypocritically practice them privately... yet never own up to the fact that its hypocrisy. Act one way but live another. And you can count on it - emotional and spiritual damage will occur. - Chuck Swindoll We will never bring in the Kingdom by simply seeking to save an adult generation. We must give God a chance at the children or the cause of righteousness is going to be defeated. But if we will save the child, we will surely save the world. - Clovis G. Chappell We know the excitement of getting a present - we love to unwrap it to see what is inside. So it is with our children they are gifts we unwrap for years as we discover the unique characters God has made them. - Cornelius Plantinga It is a masterpiece of the devil to make us believe that children cannot understand religion. Would Christ have made a child the standard of faith if He had known that it was not capable of understanding His words? - D.L. Moody Earth recedes, heaven opens. Ive been through the gates! Dont call me back ... if this is death, its sweet. Dwight! Irene! I see the childrens faces. [Dwight and Irene were his dead grandchildren.] - D.L. Moody He that overcometh shall inherit all things. God has no poor children. - D.L. Moody Every one of our children will be brought into the ark, if we pray and work earnestly for them. - D.L. Moody PAGE 11
  13. 13. CHILDREN The impression that a praying mother leaves upon her children is life-long. Perhaps when you are dead and gone your prayer will be answered. - D.L. Moody Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future lives and crimes to society. - Daniel Webster The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer There is neither encouragement nor room in Bible religion for feeble desires, listless efforts, lazy attitudes; all must be strenuous, urgent, ardent. Flamed desires, impassioned, unwearied insistence delight heaven. God would have His children incorrigibly in earnest and persistently bold in their efforts. Heaven is too busy to listen to half-hearted prayers or to respond to pop-calls. Our whole being must be in our praying. - E.M. Bounds Gods willingness to answer our prayers exceeds our willingness to give good and necessary things to our children, just as far as Gods ability, goodness and perfection exceed our infirmities and evil. - E.M. Bounds A man must talk to God about his children before he talks to his children about God. - Ed Cole Let each of us learn to abide in Christ with the heart open to Him on the one hand, and open to men, women and children on the other. - F.B. Meyer God bestows His blessings without discrimination. The followers of Jesus are children of God, and they should manifest the family likeness by doing good to all, even to those who deserve the opposite. - F.F. Bruce Children are very nice observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. - Francois Fenelon The soul is healed by being with children. - Fyodor Dostoevsky Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy. - G.K. Chesterton PAGE 12
  14. 14. CHILDREN ...but out of the desert, from the dry places and the dreadful suns, come the cruel children of the lonely God; the real Unitarians who with scimitar in hand have laid waste the world. For it is not well for God to be alone. - G.K. Chesterton When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? - G.K. Chesterton God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, to be willing to take them from Gods hands as a means. Trials, obstacles, difficulties and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith. - George Mueller The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children? - George Whitefield When our Lord says, we must be converted and become as little children, I suppose he means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child. - George Whitefield Although believers by nature, are far from God, and children of wrath, even as others, yet it is amazing to think how nigh they are brought to him again by the blood of Jesus Christ. - George Whitefield For in Jesus Christ there is neither male nor female, bond nor free; even you may be the children of God, if you believe in Jesus. - George Whitefield Idleness among children, as among men, is the root of all evil, and leads to no other evil more certain than ill temper. - Hannah More He, who counts the very hairs of our heads and suffers not a sparrow to fall without him, takes note of the minutest matters that can affect the lives of his children, and regulates them all according to his perfect will, let their origin be what they may. - Hannah Whitall Smith How often we say about our earthly friends, "I really would like to have a good quiet settled talk with them so that I can really get to know them." And shouldnt we feel the same about our Heavenly Friend, that we may really get to know Him? These thoughts have taught me the importance of the children of God taking time to commune daily with their Father, so that they may get to know His mind and to understand better what His will is. - Hannah Whitall Smith PAGE 13
  15. 15. CHILDREN A man builds a house in England with the expectation of living in it and leaving it to his children; we shed our houses in America as easily as a snail does his shell. - Harriet Beecher Stowe Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. - Helen Keller The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children. - Henry Drummond Whatever rest is provided by Christianity for the children of God, it is certainly never contemplated that it should supersede personal effort. And any rest which ministers to indifference is immoral and unreal--it makes parasites and not men. - Henry Drummond Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. - Henry Ward Beecher Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they are going to catch you in next. - Henry Ward Beecher The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic. - Henry Ward Beecher The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. - Henry Ward Beecher Theres not much practical Christianity in the man who lives on better terms with angels and seraphs, than with his children, servants and neighbors. - Henry Ward Beecher Education commences at the mothers knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character. - Hosea Ballou If gratitude is due from children to their earthly parent, how much more is the gratitude of the great family of men due to our father in heaven. - Hosea Ballou Beware of letting small faults pass unnoticed under the idea it is a little one. There are no little things in training children; all are important. Little weeds need plucking up as much as any. Leaven them alone and they will soon be great. - J.C. Ryle PAGE 14
  16. 16. CHILDREN Children are very quick observers; very quick in seeing through some kinds of hypocrisy, very quick in finding out what you really think and feel, very quick in adopting all your ways and opinions. You will often discover that, as the father is, so is the son. - J.C. Ryle Fathers and mothers, do not forget that children learn more by the eye than they do by the ear... Imitation is a far stronger principle with children than memory. What they see has a much stronger effect on their minds than what they are told. - J.C. Ryle Our Lord has many weak children in his family, many dull pupils in his school, many raw soldiers in his army, many lame sheep in his flock. Yet he bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren. - J.C. Ryle Parents, determine to make your children obey you, though it may cost you a lot of trouble, and cost them many tears. Let there be no questioning, and reasoning, and disputing, and delaying. When you give them a command, let them clearly see that you expect them to do it. - J.C. Ryle He that loves not his wife and children feeds a lioness at home, and broods a nest of sorrows. - Jeremy Taylor If you need a remote control for your television set, dont have children; the chances of your controlling anything else in life are remote. - Jerry Falwell God never allows pain without a purpose in the lives of His children. He never allows Satan, nor circumstances, nor any ill-intending person to afflict us unless He uses that affliction for our good. God never wastes pain. He always causes it to work together for our ultimate good, the good of conforming us more to the likeness of His Son (see Romans 8:28-29). - Jerry Bridges You tell your children to clean their room, not because you cannot stand it any longer, or because you said to. Love teaches them that possessions are gifts from God that should be gratefully received and taken care of. - Jerry Falwell If you think the sound of your children making noise troubles you, look out when theyre deadly silent because thats when real trouble is brewing. - Jerry Falwell Take heed that the misdeeds for which thou correctest thy children be not learned them by thee. Many children learn that wickedness of their parents for which they beat and chastise them. - John Bunyan PAGE 15
  17. 17. CHILDREN As parents, you may confidently rear your children according to Gods Word. While bringing up your children, you are to remember that your children are not your "possessions" but instead are the Lords gift to you. You are to exercise faithful stewardship in their lives. - John C. Broger In addition to teaching your children throughout the day, you must set aside specific, planned times to worship the Lord and learn His Word together. Conducting family devotions requires planning and diligence if this godly practice is to develop and be maintained in your home. - John C. Broger Parents provoke their children to anger by not practicing biblical love, not considering their children as more important than themselves, and not dying to self to become a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. - John C. Broger Children, obey. Why does the apostle use the word obey instead of honor, which has a greater extent of meaning? It is because obedience is the evidence of that honor which children owe to their parents, and is therefore more earnestly enforced. - John Calvin Higher than every painter, higher than every sculptor and than all artists do I regard him who is skilled in the art of forming the soul of children. - John Chrysostom If you neglect to instruct (your children) in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness? No; if you will not teach them to pray, he will to curse, swear, and lie; if ground be uncultivated, weeds will spring. - John Flavel What! At peace with the Father, and at war with His Children? It cannot be. - John Flavel Children have a heart problem. They are constitutionally sinful. Like their parents, and like the rest of the Adamic race, they are fallen. What they need most are regenerate hearts. This is the most fundamental issue in parenting. Its not ultimately about behavior; its all about the childs heart. - John MacArthur Discipline is not inconsistent with love. It is lack of discipline, in fact, that is inconsistent with love. The Lord disciplines His children because He loves them, and we will discipline our brothers and sisters in the Lord if we truly love Him and truly love them. - John MacArthur Childrens conscientiousness in lessons, and fairness in playing games, and command of temper, may yield as true a proof of sanctification begun, as do the integrity of the adult, and his firm adherence to principle in matter of merchandise. - Andrew Bonar PAGE 16
  18. 18. CHILDREN God calls all children to be obedient and respectful. Obedience is the act; honor is the attitude. - John MacArthur If we measure our success as parents solely by what our children become, there is no inviolable guarantee in Scripture that we will experience absolute success on those terms...The true measure of success for Christian parents is the parents own character. To the degree that we have followed Gods design for parenting, we have succeeded as parents before God. - John MacArthur Sexual expression within a marriage is not an option or an extra. It is certainly not, as it has sometimes been considered, a necessary evil in which spiritual Christians engage only to procreate children. It is far more than a physical act. God created it to be the expression an experience of love on the deepest human level and to be a beautiful and powerful bond between husband and wife. - John MacArthur The kingdom of God is for the spiritually sick who want to be healed, the spiritually corrupt who want to be cleansed, the spiritually poor who want to be rich, the spiritually hungry who want to be fed, the spiritually dead who want to be made alive. It is for ungodly outcasts who long to become Gods own beloved children. - John MacArthur The message for children is short and simple: obedience - in both attitude and action - is "right". It is "well pleasing to the Lord". It is honoring to the parents. And it is good for the children - protecting them from a world of evil, prolonging their lives, and bringing them an abundance of blessing. - John MacArthur There are really two major obstacles all parents face in teaching their children to obey: not only is the world they live in corrupt, but they themselves are sinful creatures too. They face a difficult struggle both inside and outside. - John MacArthur ...people mostly pray as if there were no God with them, or as if He did not heed their prayers. Let us ascribe to the Lord at least the same amount of attention that good parents show to the requests of their children, at least that provident and attentive love which good parents have for their children. - John of Kronstadt Your Lord is Love: love Him and in Him all men, as His children in Christ. Your Lord is a fire: do not let your heart be cold, but burn with faith and love. Your Lord is light: do not walk in darkness of mind, without reasoning or understanding, or without faith. - John of Kronstadt PAGE 17
  19. 19. CHILDREN God will not turn away from doing you good. He will keep on doing good. He doesnt do good to His children sometimes and bad to them other times. He keeps on doing good and He never will stop doing good for ten thousand ages of ages. When things are going bad that does not mean God has stopped doing good. It means He is shifting things around to get them in place for more good, if you will go on loving Him. - John Piper God has never done anything that should legitimately cause anger in any of His children. We are never warranted in getting angry at God. Ever. It happens. And we should admit it, and tremble, and repent, and turn back to humble trust in His sovereign goodness. - John Piper It is true that God will never forsake His own children. But the proof that we are His children is that He works in us the vigilance not to forsake Him. Gods not forsaking us is the work He does in us to keep us from forsaking Him (Philippians 2:12-13). - John Piper It isnt sex by itself that makes abortion. It is sex plus covetousness: desiring things that God does not will for us to have because we are not willing to find our satisfaction in him. Illicit sex and unencumbered freedom without children: for these we covet, and abortion is the result. - John Piper The happiest and holiest children in the world are the children whose fathers succeed in winning both their tender affection and their reverential and loving fear. And they are the children who will come to understand most easily the mystery of the fatherhood of God. - John Piper So great is my veneration for the Bible, that the earlier my children begin to read it the more confident will be my hopes that they will prove useful citizens to their country and respectable members of society. - John Quincy Adams As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. - John Quincy Adams You may be lonely, poor, and cold, neglected by the children, forgotten by your friends, yet may have the glad Christmas joy in your heart as Paul had, shut up in prison cells at Rome! - John R. Rice If we, as parents, are not painstakingly investing in the lives of our children, we are doing them a disservice and pain will be the likely result. - Jonathan Falwell PAGE 18
  20. 20. CHILDREN As no good is done, or spoken, or thought by any man without the assistance of God, working in and with those that believe in him, so there is no evil done, or spoken, or thought without the assistance of the devil, who worketh with strong though secret power in the children of unbelief. All the works of our evil nature are the work of the devil. - John Wesley God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. - John Wesley Everyone would have something, such perhaps as we are ashamed to utter. The proud man would have honor; the covetous man, wealth and abundance; the malicious, revenge on his enemies; the epicure, pleasure and long life; the barren, children; the wanton, beauty; each would be humored in his own desire, though in opposition both to Gods will, and his own good. - Joseph Hall We dont think theres something wrong with one-year-old children because they cant walk perfectly. They fall down frequently, but we pick them up, love them, bandage them if necessary, and keep working with them. Surely our heavenly Father can do even more for us than we do for our children. - Joyce Meyer We may have failed to teach our children right from wrong, but weve done a great job of teaching self-esteem! - Judge Roy Moore What God chooses for us children of men is always the best. - Karl Barth Christians must understand the nature of the change that has occurred in our culture. No longer do the secularists just mock Christians from afar. They are now actively campaigning to indoctrinate children in an anti-God philosophy--to teach them to be secularists and atheists. - Ken Ham Imagine if we started raising generations of children who stood uncompromisingly on the Word of God, knew how to defend the Christian faith, could answer the skeptical questions of this age, and had a fervor to share the gospel from the authority of Gods Word with whomever they met! This could change the world. - Ken Ham Its essential that we learn how to defend the Bible and the Christian faith for our sake and our childrens. If we dont, the empty and obsolete churches in England will foreshadow the future in America. - Ken Ham PAGE 19
  21. 21. CHILDREN Children can tell you what Channel 7 says, but not what Matthew 7 says. - Leonard Ravenhill The first thing I ask is that people should not make use of my name, and should not call themselves Lutherans but Christians. What is Luther? The teaching is not mine. Nor was I crucified for anyone. How did I, poor stinking bag of maggots that I am, come to the point where people call the children of Christ by my evil name? - Martin Luther I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. - Martin Luther King, Jr. The revived begin to get a concern for the members of their own family - husband, wife, father, mother, children, brother, sister - who do not know that they are outside. They tell them about it; they feel they must. There is a constraint that is driving them. They talk about it to people, to friends and to everybody, and they begin to pray for them. Prayer is always a great feature of every revival, great prayer meetings, intercession hour after hour. They pray for these people by name and they plead, and they will not let God go, as it were. - Martyn Lloyd-Jones If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts... A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you. - Matthew Henry The purpose of the Bible is simply to proclaim Gods plan to save His children. It asserts that man is lost and needs to be saved. And it communicates the message that Jesus is the God in the flesh sent to save His children. - Max Lucado The purpose of the Bible? Salvation. Gods highest passion is to get His children home. His book, the Bible, describes His plan of salvation. The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim gods plan and passion to save His children. - Max Lucado God is faithful even when his children are not. - Max Lucado Unless we are firmly anchored in the Rock of Ages, unless we trust in the living God, unless we are vigilant in prayer and fellowship with God, the enemy will be able to vanquish our children. - Michael Youssef When our children see us clinging to the promises of God, they will grow up trusting in His goodness. If we fail as adults in praying for and praying with the next generation, then they will become spiritually unsure. - Michael Youssef PAGE 20
  22. 22. CHILDREN The power of the Holy Spirit is completely opposite to the worlds power. The power of the Holy Spirit gives Gods children the ability to serve His purpose for our lives. The Holy Spirits power is unlike any other in the world. Only the power of the Holy Spirit can transform us, relieve our guilt, and heal our souls. - Michael Youssef Self-confidence is either a petty pride in our own narrowness, or the realization of our duty and privilege as Gods children. - Phillips Brooks Men are never manlier than when they are tender with their children - whether holding a baby in their arms, loving their grade-schooler, or hugging their teenager or adult children. - R. Kent Hughes Not a few preachers kids have been catapulted into rebellion because their fathers squeezed their lives to fit their parishioners expectations. What a massive sin against ones children! - R. Kent Hughes Divorce Myths:1. When love has gone out a marriage, it is better to get divorced. 2. It is better for the children for the unhappy couple to divorce than to raise their children in the atmosphere of an unhappy marriage. 3. Divorce is the lesser of two evils. 4. You owe it to yourself. 5. Everyones entitled to one mistake. 6. God led me to this divorce. - R.C. Sproul Nobody is born into this world a child of the family of God. We are born as children of wrath. The only way we enter into the family of God is by adoption, and that adoption occurs when we are united to Gods only begotten Son by faith. When by faith we are united with Christ, we are then adopted into that family of whom Christ is the firstborn. - R.C. Sproul Your children should love the Lord, work hard, and experience the joy of trusting God. More important than leaving your children an inheritance is leaving them a spiritual heritage. If you left your children money they didnt need, and if they were thinking correctly, wouldnt they give it to God anyway? Then why not give it to God yourself, since He entrusted it to you? - Randy Alcorn Our Heavenly Father always sends His children the things they ask, or better things. - Richard Cecil He has seen but little of life who does not discern everywhere the effect of early education on mens opinions and habits of thinking. Children bring out of the nursery that which displays itself throughout their lives. - Richard Cecil PAGE 21
  23. 23. CHILDREN Children do not find it difficult or complicated to talk to their parents, nor do they feel embarrassed to bring the simplest need to their attention. Neither should we hesitate to bring the simplest requests confidently to the Father. - Richard J. Foster As men cherish young plants at first and fence them about with hedges to keep them from hurt, but when they are grown they remove these things and leave them to the wind and weather, so God sustains His children at first with props of inward comforts, but afterwards He exposes them to storms and winds because they are better able to bear them. Therefore let no man think himself the better because he is more free from troubles than others; it is because God sees him not fit to bear greater. - Richard Sibbes Whatsoever is good for Gods children they shall have it; for all is theirs to help them towards heaven; therefore if poverty be good they shall have it; if disgrace or crosses be good they shall have them; for all is ours to promote our greatest prosperity. - Richard Sibbes God takes a safe course with His children, that they may not be condemned with the world, He permits the world to condemn them, that they may not love the world, the world hates them.... - Richard Sibbes Gods children improve all advantages to advance their grand end; they labour to grow better by blessings and crosses, and to make sanctified use of all things. - Richard Sibbes Threatening our children or employees is evidence of a lack of true authority. The rewards and penalties should already be clear, and if there is disobedience, discipline should be administered the first time, not further threatening. If we have to threaten to compel our children or anyone else that we are in charge of to obey us, then somehow it has already been established that our "yes" did not really mean "yes," and our "no" did not really mean "no." - Rick Joyner There are illegitimate parents, but I dont believe there are any illegitimate children. - Rick Warren The world dares say no more for its device, than "while I live, I hope"; but the children of God can add by virtue of a living hope, "while I expire, I hope." - Robert Leighton A doctor once told me of a child who could not breathe when it was born. In order to make it breathe doctor gave it a slight blow. ...he was really doing the kindest thing possible. As with newborn children the lungs are contracted, so are our spiritual lungs. But through suffering God strikes us in love. Then our lungs expand and we can breathe and pray. - Sadhu Sundar Singh PAGE 22
  24. 24. CHILDREN A little child often runs to its mother and exclaims: Mother! Mother! Very often the child does not want anything in particular, he only wants to be near his mother, to sit upon her lap, or to follow her about the house, for the sheer pleasure of being near her, talking to her, hearing her dear voice. Then the child is happy. His happiness does not consist in asking and receiving all kinds of things from his mother. If that were what he wanted, he would be impatient and obstinate and therefore unhappy. No, his happiness lies in feeling his mothers love and care, and in knowing the joy of her mother love." "It is just the same with the true children of God; they do not trouble themselves so much about spiritual blessings. They only want to sit at the Lords feet, to be in living touch with Him, and when they do that they are supremely content. - Sadhu Sundar Singh In a Tibetan village I noticed a crowd of people standing under a burning tree and looking up into the branches. I came near and discovered in the branches a bird which was anxiously flying round a nest full of young ones. The mother bird wanted to save her little ones, but she could not. When the fire reached the nest the people waited breathlessly to see what she would do. No one could climb the tree, no one could help her. Now she could easily have saved her own life by flight, but instead of fleeing she sat down on the nest, covering the little ones carefully with her wings. The fire seized her and burnt her to ashes. She showed her love to her little ones by giving her life for them. If then, this little insignificant creature had such love, how much more must our Heavenly Father love His children, the Creator love His creatures! - Sadhu Sundar Singh Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them. - Samuel Rutherford The notion that we are children of God, his own sons and daughters, lies at the heart of all Christian theology, and is the mainspring of all Christian living. - Sinclair B. Ferguson The providence of God is the way in which He governs everything wisely, first for the glory of His own Name, and second for the ultimate blessing of His children. - Sinclair B. Ferguson We may think that severity (as God leads His children) is inconsistent with what we know of Gods gentleness and compassion. But that is because we do not appreciate how seriously God loves us, and how determined He is that we should have His best, even if it means pain. - Sinclair B. Ferguson No short-cut that tries to bypass the patient unfolding of the true character of God, and our relationship to him as his children, can ever succeed in providing long-term spiritual therapy. - Sinclair B. Ferguson PAGE 23
  25. 25. CHILDREN A drunkard is the annoyance of modesty; the trouble of civility; the spoil of wealth; the distraction of reason. He is the brewers agent; the tavern and ale house benefactor; the beggars companion; the constables trouble; his wifes woe; his childrens sorrow; his neighbors scoff; his own shame. In short he is a tub of swill, a spirit of unrest, a thing below a beast, and a monster of a man. - Thomas Adams Good counsels observed, are chains to grace, which, neglected, prove halters to strange, undutiful children. - Thomas Fuller No man who is fit to live need fear to die. To us here, death is the most terrible thing we know. But when we have tasted its reality it will mean to us birth, deliverance, a new creation of ourselves. It will be what health is to the sick man; what home is to the exile; what the loved one given back is to the bereaved. As we draw near to it a solemn gladness should fill our hearts. It is Gods great morning lighting up the sky. Our fears are the terror of children in the night. The night with its terrors, its darkness, its feverish dreams, is passing away; and when we awake it will be into the sunlight of God. - Thomas Fuller Disobedient children, if preserved from the gallows, are reserved for the rack, to be tortured by their own posterity. One complaining, that never father had so undutiful a child as he had, yes, said his son, with less grace than truth, my grandfather had. - Thomas Fuller A good schoolmaster minces his precepts for children to swallow, hanging clogs on the nimbleness of his own soul, that his scholars may go along with him. - Thomas Fuller As for those parents who will not use the rod upon their children, I pray God He useth not their children as a rod for them. - Thomas Fuller Satan doth not tempt Gods children because they have sin in them, but because they have grace in them. Had they no grace, the devil would not disturb them... Though to be tempted is a trouble, yet to think why you are tempted is a comfort. - Thomas Watson A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. - Author Unknown For adult education nothing beats children. - Author Unknown PAGE 24
  26. 26. CHILDREN Were Satan to strike the children of God with great force at one time, they would know exactly how to resist the enemy since they would immediately recognize his work. He uses the method of gradualism to wear down the people of God. - Watchman Nee For God no cost is too high. Anything can be sacrificed if only we may please Him. Let us daily learn to be obedient children. - Watchman Nee Before the self is touched Gods children live by very changeable stimulations and sensations. That is why they exhibit a wavy up-and-down existence. - Watchman Nee Because of their ignorance concerning the spirits operation, those who honestly desire deeper experience upon having overcome sin may all too easily be led astray into seeking so called "spiritual" Bible knowledge with their minds, or a burning sensation of the Lords presence in their physical members, or a life and labor emanating from their will power. They are deceived into overly esteeming their soul experiences and thus fall into conceiving themselves as ever so spiritual. For this reason Gods children must be very humble before Him and seek to know the teaching of the Bible and the functioning of the spirit through the Holy Spirit in order that they may walk by the spirit. - Watchman Nee Frequently many children of God turn within themselves, that is, they look into their soul to determine whether they have peace, grace or spiritual progress. This is most harmful and is not of faith. It diverts them from gazing upon Christ to looking at themselves. - Watchman Nee Often the children of God cannot rise up to answer the Lords call to service simply because, though their physical condition is good, their feelings are low, cold, and reluctant. Or even when their emotions are quite high, passionate, and willing, they find themselves unable to serve the Lord because now the body reacts lazily. The disciples found themselves in precisely that situation in the Garden of Gethsemane: "the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matt. 26:41) - Watchman Nee In order for the inner man to be strengthened with power through the Holy Spirit, the children of God must discharge their responsibility. They need to yield specifically to the Lord, forsake every doubtful aspect in their life, be willing to obey fully Gods will, and believe through prayer that He will flood their spirit with His power. - Watchman Nee Prayer is work. The experiences of many children of God demonstrate that it accomplishes far more than does any other form of work. It is also warfare, for it is one of the weapons in fighting the enemy. However, only prayer in the spirit is genuinely effectual. - Watchman Nee PAGE 25
  27. 27. CHILDREN Children of God should not make a general confession by acknowledging their innumerable sins in a vague manner, because such confession does not provide conscience opportunity to do its perfect work. They ought to allow the Holy Spirit through their conscience to point out their sins one by one. Christians must accept its reproach and be willing, according to the mind of the Spirit, to eliminate everything which is contrary to God. - Watchman Nee Frequently the enemy entices Christians to harbor an unforgiving spirit - a very common symptom indeed among Gods children. Such bitterness and fault-finding and enmity inflict a severe blow upon spiritual life. - Watchman Nee Only when mind and emotion are subject to the spirits rule can he disregard or restrain differences in though and feeling and so be one in the spirit with all children of God. - Watchman Nee How much the work of God has suffered because of our failure to let the Lord be the Lord of our affections. Many parents cling to their children for themselves and permit the kingdom of God to incur loss. - Watchman Nee Becoming mature Christians will require the sovereign work of God. Only God can save and sanctify. Still, God uses men and means. Certainly we as parents must seek to bring our children to Jesus Christ for salvation. But salvation is not the end of the journey. It is only the beginning. The destination toward which we are headed with our children is nothing less than maturity in Christ. - Wayne Mack Controlled anger against sin and genuine love may dwell in the same heart at the same time and be directed toward the same person. It is legitimate for us to be angry with our children over genuine disobedience. At the same time, we must not express that anger in sinful ways (yelling, screaming, nastiness, irritation, etc.) but in loving ways for the good of our children. - Wayne Mack In my opinion, the idea that we should postpone generous giving (to the church) until our debts are paid or until we get a raise or until the children are grown up or until we have bought a house is contrary to Scripture. We may be able to give more then, but we ought to give generously now. - Wayne Mack God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times. - Wesley L. Duewel PAGE 26
  28. 28. CHILDREN While women weep, as they do now, Ill fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, Ill fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, Ill fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, Ill fight-Ill fight to the very end! - William Booth If we would amend the world we should mend ourselves; and teach our children to be, not what we are, but what they should be. - William Penn Children take more notice of what their parents do, than what they say. Actions speak louder than words. - William Tiptaft Little children are Gods ongoing witness of His kingdom: a perpetual reminder of what it means to belong to the father. Children are an unspoken sermon in every home for simplicity, joy, and humility of that which makes the world worth living in. They remind us what it means to be a real Christian. - Winkie Pratney PAGE 27
  29. 29. CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people - that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him. - Alan Redpath It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself. - Charles Dickens I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. - Charles Dickens Thanksgiving comes after Christmas. - Peter Kreeft Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. - Corrie Ten Boom He robs anyone on Christmas--he deserves double the sentence. - Duane Chapman When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs? - G.K. Chesterton It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the most profound unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. God became man; Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the incarnation. - J.I. Packer The Christmas message is that there is hope for a ruined humanity--hope of pardon, hope of peace with God, hope of glory--because at the Fathers will Jesus became poor, and was born in a stable so that thirty years later He might hang on a cross. - J.I. Packer If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: "God with us." We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth! - John MacArthur PAGE 28
  30. 30. CHRISTMAS There is no connection between the worship of idols and the use of Christmas trees. We should not be anxious about baseless arguments against Christmas decorations. Rather, we should be focused on the Christ of Christmas and giving all diligence to remembering the real reason for the season. - John MacArthur You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Fathers face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift. - John R. Rice I want no Christmas without a burden for lost souls, a message for sinners, a heart to bring in the lost sheep so dear to the Shepherd, the sinning souls for whom Christ died. - John R. Rice You may be lonely, poor, and cold, neglected by the children, forgotten by your friends, yet may have the glad Christmas joy in your heart as Paul had, shut up in prison cells at Rome! - John R. Rice The earth has grown old with its burden of care, But at Christmas it always is young, The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair, And its soul full of music breaks the air, When the song of angels is sung. - Phillips Brooks There were only a few shepherds at the first Bethlehem. The ox and the donkey understood more of the first Christmas than the high priests in Jerusalem. And it is the same today. - Thomas Merton Christmas is based on an exchange of gifts, the gift of God to man - His unspeakable gift of His Son, and the gift of man to God - when we present our bodies a living sacrifice. - Vance Havner PAGE 29
  31. 31. DEATH DEATH We must learn to live on the heavenly side and look at things from above. To contemplate all things as God sees them, as Christ beholds them, overcomes sin, defies Satan, dissolves perplexities, lifts us above trials, separates us from the world and conquers fear of death. - A.B. Simpson The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to. - A.B. Simpson The Incarnation through the death of Christ makes it possible for God to be "just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus." If God should be merciful without the satisfaction of justice, He would cease to be a God of justice and would thus forfeit His throne of righteousness. In a word, He would cease to be God. - A.C. Dixon Through the death of Christ on the cross making atonement for sin, we get a perfect standing before God. That is justification, and it puts us, in Gods sight, back in Eden before sin entered. God looks upon us and treats us as if we had never sinned. - A.C. Dixon Gospellers have much to say about what Christs death accomplished for those who believe in Him, but very little is said about what that Death accomplished Godwards. The fact is that the death of Christ glorified God if never a single sinner had been saved by virtue of it. - A.W. Pink 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. - A.W. Tozer ...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? - Adoniram Judson PAGE 30
  32. 32. DEATH The greatest harm that can be suffered in the fight against perceived evil and injustice is not physical death or "occupation." It is the death of the conscience and spirit cut off from the nourishment of moral law. - Alan Keyes When a denomination begins to consider doctrine divisive, theology troublesome, and convictions inconvenient, consider that denomination on its way to a well-deserved death. - Albert Mohler The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. - Alexander MacLaren The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. - Alexander MacLaren If life has not made you by Gods 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. - Alexander MacLaren 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. - Andrew Strom There is no surer proof of Christs divinity than that he is still so hated some two thousand years after his death. - Ann Coulter Faith is a bridge across the gulf of death. - Edward Young - Assorted Authors He hideth our unrighteousness with His righteousness, He covereth our disobedience with his obedience, He shadoweth our death with His death, that the wrath of God cannot find us. - Henry Smith Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. - John Donne Live in Christ, live in Christ, and the flesh need not fear death. - John Knox PAGE 31
  33. 33. DEATH The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated. - Mark Twain 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 When men sought to make Him a king He fled; now that they seek to put Him to death He goes out to meet them. - Rudolph Stier Everything science has taught me - and continues to teach me - strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace. - Wernher Von Braun Death stung himself to death when he stung Christ. - William Romaine We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we dont want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying: This way, please. Do not hesitate, man, to go this way, when this is the way that God came to you. - Augustine They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them. - Augustine The Jews looked upon a serpent to be freed from serpents; and we look upon the death of Christ to be delivered from death. - Augustine As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all. - Blaise Pascal Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death. - Blaise Pascal The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death. - Blaise Pascal The point of the death of Christ is that Christ took on the sins of the world, so that what we put out did not come back to us, and that our sinful nature does not reap the obvious death. Thats the point. It should keep us humbled... Its not our own good works that get us through the gates of Heaven. - Bono PAGE 32
  34. 34. DEATH Only He who really lived a human life (and I presume that only one did) can fully taste the horror of death. - C.S. Lewis When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitors stead, the table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards. - C.S. Lewis Nothing, not even what is lowest and most bestial, will not be raised again if it submits to death. - C.S. Lewis It is hard to have patience with people who say "There is no death" or "Death doesnt matter." There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesnt matter. - C.S. Lewis Does loving your enemy mean not punishing him? No, for loving myself does not mean that I ought not subject myself to punishment-even to death. If you had committed a murder, the right Christian thing to do would be to give yourself up to the police and be hanged. - C.S. Lewis You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. - C.S. Lewis 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. - Charles Kingsley When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from Gods love. - Charles Spurgeon You never hear Jesus say in Pilates judgement hall one word that would let you imagine that He was sorry that He had undertaken so costly a sacrifice for us. When His hands are pierced, when He is parched with fever, His tongue dried up like a shard of pottery, when His whole body is dissolved into the dust of death, you never hear a groan or a shriek that looks like Jesus is going back on His commitment. - Charles Spurgeon Go forth today, by the help of Gods 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 Lords. For this is written on your heart, We love Him because He first loved us. - Charles Spurgeon PAGE 33
  35. 35. DEATH A sight of His death - if it is a true sight - is the death of all love of sin. - Charles Spurgeon 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. - Charles Spurgeon If you will not have death unto sin, you shall have sin unto death. There is no alternative. If you do not die to sin, you shall die for sin. If you do not slay sin, sin will slay you. - Charles Spurgeon He had, when in health, wickedly refused Christ, yet in his death-agony, he had superstitiously sent for me. Too late, he sighed for the ministry of reconciliation, and sought to enter in at the closed door, but he was not able. There was no space left him then for repentance, for he had wasted the opportunities which God had long granted to him. - Charles Spurgeon 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. - Charles Spurgeon Keep your eye simply on Him; let His death, His sufferings, His merits, His glories, His intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when you wake in the morning look to Him; when thou lie down at night look to Him. Oh! let not your hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after Him, and He will never fail you. - Charles Spurgeon That only is worth my having which I can have forever. That only is worth my grasping which death cannot tear out of my hand. - Charles Spurgeon We say that Christ so died that He infallibly secured the salvation of a multitude that no man can number, who through Christs death not only may be saved, but are saved, must be saved, and cannot by any possibility run the hazard of being anything but saved. - Charles Spurgeon We see his smile of love even when others see nothing but the black hand of Death smiting our best beloved. - Charles Spurgeon There is an essential difference between the decease of the godly and the death of the ungodly. Death comes to the ungodly man as a penal infliction, but to the righteous as a summons to his Fathers palace. To the sinner it is an execution, to the saint an undressing from his sins and infirmities. Death to the wicked is the King of terrors. Death to the saint is the end of terrors, the commencement of glory. - Charles Spurgeon PAGE 34
  36. 36. DEATH In vain I have searched the Bible, looking for examples of early believers whose lives were marked by rigidity, predictability, inhibition, dullness, and caution. Fortunately, grim, frowning, joyless saints in Scriptures are conspicuous by their absence. Instead, the examples I find are of adventurous, risk-taking, enthusiastic, and authentic believers whose joy was contagious even in times of full trial. Their vision was broad even when death drew near. Rules were few and changes were welcome. The contrast between then and now is staggering. - Chuck Swindoll I am so glad God will never allow a man to go comfortably and peacefully to eternal death. He never allows any man to be lost until He has done His best to save him. - Clovis G. Chappell Jesus is hungry but feeds others; He grows weary but offers others rest; He is the King Messiah but pays tribute; He is called the devil but casts out demons; He dies the death of a sinner but comes to save His people from their sins; He is sold for thirty pieces of silver but gives His life a ransom for many; He will not turn stones to bread for Himself but gives His own body as bread for people. - D.A. Carson Death may be the King of terrors... but Jesus is the King of kings! - D.L. Moody Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody of East Northfield, is dead. Dont you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now; I shall have gone up higher, that is all, out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal- a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint; a body fashioned like unto His glorious body. - D.L. Moody I find that many Christians are in trouble about the future; they think they will not have grace enough to die by. It is much more important that we should have grace enough to live by. It seems to me that death is of very little importance in the meantime. When the dying hour comes, there will be dying grace; but you do not require dying grace to live by. - D.L. Moody Earth recedes, heaven opens. Ive been through the gates! Dont call me back ... if this is death, its sweet. Dwight! Irene! I see the childrens faces. [Dwight and Irene were his dead grandchildren.] - D.L. Moody PAGE 35
  37. 37. DEATH Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christs and yours through Him. - D.L. Moody If you are under the power of evil, and you want to get under the power of God, cry to Him to bring you over to His service; cry to Him to take you into His army. He will hear you; He will come to you, and, if need be, He will send a legion of angels to help you to fight your way up to heaven. God will take you by the right hand and lead you through this wilderness, over death, and take you right into His kingdom. - D.L. Moody Heaven has no place for the erroneous belief that Christ died because we are worth it. Christs death in our place had nothing to do with our worth but with the depths of our sin, the demands made by Gods justice, and His eternal glory. - Dave Hunt Gods love is his holiness reaching out to sinners; grace is but the price that his love pays to his holiness; the cross is but its victory over sin and death; and faith is but the way in which we bring our worship to him who is holy. - David F. Wells At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and Gods heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world. - E.M. Bounds All Gods plans have the mark of the cross on them, and all His plans have death to self in them.... But mens plans ignore the offence of the cross or despise it. Mens plans have no profound, stern or self-immolating denial in them. Their gain is of the world. - E.M. Bounds The church is not a democracy in which we have chosen God, but a theocracy in which He has chosen us. The church is the only society in the world that never loses any of its members, even by death. The church upon its knees would bring heaven upon the earth. - E.M. Bounds George Macdonald said, If you knew what God knows about death you would clap your listless hands, but instead I find old people in North America just buying this whole youth obsession. I think growing older is a wonderful privilege. I want to learn to glorify God in every stage of my life. - Elisabeth Elliot PAGE 36
  38. 38. DEATH We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others. - Elisabeth Elliot Self-pity is a death that has no resurrection, a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink. - Elisabeth Elliot At death we cross from one territory to another, but well have no trouble with visas. Our representative is already there, preparing for our arrival. As citizens of heaven, our entrance is incontestable. - Erwin Lutzer The world is put back by the death of every one who has to sacrifice the development of his or her peculiar gifts to conventionality. - Florence Nightingale A human being does not cease to exist at death. It is change, not destruction, which takes place. - Florence Nightingale Jesus defeated satan in Gethsemane on the cross, not by directly confronting the devil, but by fulfilling the destiny to which He had been called. The greatest battle that was ever won was accomplished by the apparent death of the victor, without even a word of rebuke to His adversary! - Francis Frangipane Our piety must be weak and imperfect if it do not conquer the fear of death. - Francois Fenelon Pay mind to your own life, your own health, and wholeness. A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. - Frederick Buechner To journey for the sake of saving our own lives is little by little to cease to live in any sense that really matters, even to ourselves, because it is only by journeying for the worlds sake - even when the world bores and sickens and scares you half to death - that little by little we start to come alive. - Frederick Buechner Sacrifice alone, bare and unrelieved, is ghastly, unnatural, and dead; but self-sacrifice, illuminated by love, is warmth and life; it is the death of Christ, the life of God, and the blessedness and only proper life of man. - Frederick W. Robertson PAGE 37
  39. 39. DEATH Men do not accept their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and worship those whom they have tortured to death. - Fyodor Dostoevsky The people of God may have to taste a little of the waters of deaths dark river, but Christ went to the very bottom of it, and rose again, and is alive for evermore. - G.V. Wigram How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset. - George Macdonald By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me! - George Washington Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death. - George Whitefield Adulation is the death of virtue. Who flatters, is, of all mankind, the lowest, save he who courts the flattery. - Hannah More There is one single fact which we may oppose to all the wit and argument of infidelity, namely, that no man ever repented of being a Christian on his death-bed. - Hannah More If the will of God is our will, and if He always has His way, then we always have our way also, and we reign in a perpetual kingdom. He who sides with God cannot fail to win in every encounter; and, whether the result shall be joy or sorrow, failure or success, death or life, we may, under all circumstances, join in the Apostles shout of victory, "Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ!" - Hannah Whitall Smith Jesus Christ is not a problem, He is the solution to every problem for life, for death, and for eternity. - Harry Ironside Death is no more than passing from one room into another. But theres a difference for me, you know. Because in that other room I shall be able to see. - Helen Keller It is a distinct fact by itself, which we can hold and examine separately, that on purely natural principles the soul that is left to itself unwatched, uncultivated, unredeemed, must fall away into death by its own nature. - Henry Drummond PAGE 38