Monday, August 18, 2014

Where Is Your Security?

"Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security." ~ Elisabeth Eliott

Sunday, August 17, 2014

An Hour to Prepare for Eternity

"...we have such a short time to prepare for such a long time. By that I mean we have now to prepare for then. We have an hour to prepare for eternity. To fail to prepare is an act of moral folly. For anyone to have a day given to prepare, it is an act of inexcusable folly to let anything hinder that preparation. If we find ourselves in a spiritual rut, nothing in the world should hinder us. Nothing in this world is worth it. If we believe in eternity, if we believe in God, if we believe in the eternal existence of the soul, then there is nothing important enough to cause us to commit such an act of moral folly." ~ A.W. Tozer

Saturday, August 16, 2014

It Is Time to Stop!

"Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report. We stop because it is time to stop. Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop—because our work is never completely done." ~ Wayne Muller

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Way of Jesus

"The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped - it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him." ~ Philip Yancey

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Love and Seek

"Grant, most gracious God, that we may love and seek you always and everywhere, above all things and for your sake, in the life present and at length find you and for ever hold you fast in the life to come. Grant this for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord." ~ Thomas Bradwardine

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hellholes of the World

"We’re about going into the hellholes of the world and saying you are not alone! Jesus has not left you! He loves you! He can redeem and transform you!" ~ David Busic

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Only Love...

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." ~  Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Failures Occur Because...

"Suppose our failures occur, not in spite of what we are doing, but precisely because of it." ~ Dallas Willard

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Give It Away

"Instead of guarding power, Jesus gives it away; instead of rational discourse, he tells stories; instead of claiming status, he reaches to the lowliest; instead of excluding the rabble, he includes them—even at table fellowship! Even the tax collectors, sinners and prostitutes seem at home in his presence. This is not merely a male Jesus with soft edges. This is a Jesus whose very identity is radically different from the norm of human personhood that prevailed at the time. Relationality rather than rationality illuminates his entire story." ~ Diarmuid O'Murchu

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Love Your Spouse Well

“If your spouse is not loved well, he or she may not live out their potential for good in the world. This goes back to the self-developing and empowering realities of true love…As we learn to love and therefore give to our spouse, we not only become the best version of ourselves—we offer our spouse the chance to become the vest version of him or herself as well. Love, then, is giving for the sake of our spouse’s becoming.” ~ Tyler Ward (Marriage Rebranded)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Most Profound Product of this World...

"I am not saying that suffering exists in order for God to reveal himself. I am only saying that where suffering exists and is consciously accepted, there divine love shines forth brightly…. I have often suspected that the most profound product of this world is tears. I don’t mean that to be morbid. Rather, I mean that tears express that vulnerability in which we can endure having our heart broken and go right on loving." ~ Cynthia Bourgeault

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Contact with the Poor...

"By globalization we totally lose contact with the poor that we know personally. We work in the abstract toward the liberation of a social category that we never meet. We know the political leaders of this class, who are no longer poor themselves. And this globalization, this de-personalization of the poor, surely means that a person who is poor simply because he is sick or is mourning the loss of a loved one or has been humiliated by a failure in life arouses no interest." ~ Jacques Ellul

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Not in the Limelight

"If you want your church to be a place that loves, disciples, and serves, then you need to love, seek to be a disciple, and find places to serve, even if you're not in the limelight." ~ C. Hosher

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Believe in Him

"Talk what we will of faith, if we do not trust and rely upon Him, we do not believe in Him." ~ Anthony Farindon