Quotes

If you’re like me you love a good quote. Here for your reading pleasure are some selections taken from my own personal collection.  I’ll be adding more periodically, so be sure to check back from time to time.  Enjoy! 🙂

“Jesus Christ calls men, not to a new religion, but to life.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” (G.K. Chesterton)

“Everybody here wants a revolution, but nobody here wants to do the dishes.” (Shane Claiborne)

“If men were filled with the Spirit, they would not write books on that subject, but on the Person whom the Spirit has come to reveal. Occupation with Christ is God’s object, not fullness of the Spirit.” (Jim Elliot) 

“Christianity began in Galilee as a fellowship of men and women centered on Jesus Christ. It went to Greece and became a philosophy. It went to Rome and became an institution. It went to Europe and became a culture. It came to America and became an enterprise. We need to get back to our roots!” (Richard Halverson)

“Christianity is a grand cathedral, with divinely pictured windows. Standing without, you see no glory, nor could imagine any. But standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendors.” (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

“We are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside… but one day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that a system that produces beggars needs to be repaved. We are called to be the Good Samaritan, but after you lift so many people out of the ditch you start to ask, maybe the whole road to Jericho needs to be repaved.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

“We must have the courage to disagree even with the big names and famous men, if we can get satisfied no other way. Never forget, God is on the side of the thirsty saint. You do not need to persuade Him to meet you. He is already persuaded. Just dare to trust Him.” (A.W. Tozer)

“The original witness of the church must lead us all, though still in very different camps, into the unity and purity of the clear light. The period of original revelation must be the point of departure for any dialogue between the many churches, sects and movements of our own day. The awakening and uniting of all who truly desire to follow Christ will be given at the source, and nowhere else.” (Eberhard Arnold)

 “It is the person of the Lord Jesus to whom we are discipled-not to any system, organization, teaching or individual, but to one man and one man only, the Lord Jesus Himself.” (Stephen Kaung)

 “Truth, peace, hope, wisdom, righteousness, holiness, power, beauty, glory, etc. are all words that were forced into existence to describe different aspects of Christ.” (Frank Viola) 

“When people succumb to the temptation of ignoring challenges to their faith, they are in the end demonstrating that they are more committed to the feeling of having a lock on truth than they are to truth itself.” (Nicholas Perrin)

“If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate.” (Elbert Green Hubbard)

“God is not looking for a display of your Christ-likeness but a manifestation of His Christ.” (Watchman Nee)


2 responses to “Quotes

  • Patrick

    You know me brother. I love a good quote(s).

  • John Mark

    “Serve in Spirit,” an awesome book by Watchman Nee

    A couple years ago a new Watchman Nee book was published. It had a
    profound effect on me. I made a list of some of the most meaningful
    statements and now want to use this opportunity to share it.

    Read each one slowly … meditate on each rich and humbling message.

    “The outward man must be broken so that God may be manifested, the
    inward man may come forth, and God’s work may be done.”

    “What the world needs is the treasure, not the earthen vessel.”

    “The love of self renders the work of the Lord in one’s life fruitless.”

    “All our circumstances are arranged by God. There is nothing
    accidental.”

    “We need to go through strict dealings, for God wants to use us as thermometers to measure the spiritual conditions of His people.”

    “In whatever point we have been disciplined and broken, in that very point we are able to touch others …”

    “We must undergo much brokenness in order to be more serviceable.”

    “Only those who have been sick and healed know what sickness is.”

    “We need broken men to preach the gospel.”

    “The cross in not a doctrine but a practice.”

    “No teaching, doctrine or memory can break the outward man. Beating is the only natural way for the breaking of the outward man.”

    “The reason people fall down before the Lord is because they begin to see that what they consider as of the Lord proves to be out of self.”

    “We truly should put ourselves in the Lord’s hand, absolutely and unreservedly giving ourselves to Him, willing to be killed under light and be broken down in His arranged circumstances.”

    “Light causes one to fall. It finishes you.”

    “How frequently we think it is our relatives, friends and colleagues
    who give us troubles … it is God who is dealing with us.”

    “Meekness is a characteristic of being broken … (a) ‘contrite’ spirit is
    the sign of brokenness.”

    “Only a broken person knows how to edify people best.”

    “The Holy Spirit … arranges circumstances to break us.”

    “The Lord uses authority to keep us from making mistakes … When
    authority is right, I receive supply. When authority is wrong, I accept
    discipline.”

    “Outpouring may come suddenly, but brokenness requires years of
    discipline. Those who are gifted need to be humbled.”

    “Spirituality never gives us a feeling of confidence or boldness … We
    feel inadequate and still we labor on.”

    “It is only in serving that the measure of brokenness is shown. A
    person who is broken should always serve feeling meek and disabled.”

    “God will use nothing that comes out of man himself, neither the
    wisdom of the wise nor the foolishness of the fool.”

    “The trial of fire brings in purity.”

    “Be thankful for more dealings, for such dealings are evidence that the Lord has more hope in the life of such a one.”

    “The foundation of ministry and of being a servant of the Lord rests
    upon how many wounds one possesses in life…”

    Is it any wonder I consider Watchman Nee’s books essential for spiritual
    growth and maturity?

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