Karl Marx - History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this.
Karl Marx - The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people."
Khalil Gibran - "Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother."
Khalil Gibran - Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity."
Khalil Gibran - "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest of souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."
Kahlil Gibran - "The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind."
Khalil Gibran - Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself."
Khalil Gibran - "Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens."
Kay Arthur - "The problem is that so often we forget that we are in warfare and that Satan's target is our mind."
Kay Arthur - "Ultimately, the goal of personal Bible study is a transformed life and a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ."
Kay Arthur - "When you know what God says, what He means, and how to put His truths into practice, you will be equipped for every circumstance of life."
Kay Arthur - "You have been created by God and for God, and someday you will stand amazed at the simple yet profound ways He has used you even when you weren't aware of it."
Kirk Cameron -If you take Darwin's theory and extend it to its logical end, it can be used to justify a number of very horrendous things."
Kirk Cameron - Jesus did not get stuck in intellectual arguments with people. He did not go for the intellect; he went for the conscience. He spoke to that part of the person that knows the difference between right and wrong instinctively. "
Brother Lawrence - "All things are possible to those who believe, less difficult to those who hope, more easy to those who love, and still easier to those who persevere in the practice of these three virtues."
Brother Lawrence - "Are we not rude and deserve blame, if we leave Him alone, to busy ourselves about trifles, which do not please Him and perhaps offend Him? 'Tis to be feared these trifles will one day cost us dear."
Brother Lawrence - "Do not always scrupulously confine yourself to certain rules, or particular forms of devotion; but act with a general confidence in God, with love and humility."
Brother Lawrence - "Have courage then: make a virtue of necessity: ask of God, not deliverance from your pains, but strength to bear resolutely, for the love of Him, all that He should please, and as long as He shall please."
Brother Lawrence - "If we knew how much He loves us, we should be always ready to receive equally and with indifference from His hand the sweet and the bitter; all would please that came from Him."
Brother Lawrence - "It matters not to me what I do, or what I suffer, so long as I abide loveingly united to God's will - that is my whole business."
Brother Lawrence - "Let us fear to leave Him. Let us be always with Him. Let us live and die in His presence."
Brother Lawrence - "Let us thus think often that our only business in this life is to please God, that perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity."
Brother Lawrence - "Love sweetens pain; and when one loves God, one suffers for His sake with joy and courage."
Brother Lawrence - "There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God."
Brother Lawrence - "We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed."
Leo Tolstoy - "A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction"
Leo Tolstoy - "There are two Gods, there is the God that people generally believe in - a God who has to serve them. This God does not exist. But the God whom people forget - the God whom we all have to serve - exists, and is the prime cause of our existence and of all that we perceive."
Leonard Ravenhill – “A man escaped from his cell is not free who still drags his chains.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “At the moment a rushing mighty wind of false religion and lukewarm Christianity is lashing the world. Warned of false fire by fireless men, we too often settle for no fire at all.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “A vision of holiness. Oh, Beloved! How this generation of believers needs the vision of God in all His holiness! A vision of hellishness – ‘I am undone… unclean!’ and a vision of hopelessness – implied by the words ‘Who will go for us?’ In this hour – when the average church knows more about promotion than prayer, has forgotten consecration by fostering competition, and has substituted propaganda for propagation – this threefold vision is imperative. ‘Where there is no vision the people perish.’ Where there is no passion the church perishes, even though it be full to the doors.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Better to die bound in body and free in spirit than free in body and bound in soul!”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Bible schools don’t teach ‘tears’. They really cannot, of course. This is Spirit-taught; and a preacher, however weighed down with degrees and doctorates has not gotten far unless he knows soul-bitterness over the sin of this day.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Brethren, is this our choice? What irks us more than to be classified with unlearned and ignorant men? – though an unlearned and ignorant man wrote ‘the Revelations’ which still baffles the learned. We are suffering today from a plague of ministers who are more concerned that their heads should be filled than that their hearts be fired.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Brethren, we are beaten by the time element. The preacher and church, too busy to pray, are busier than the Lord would have them be. If we will give God time, He will give us timeless souls.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “But what we know is one thing; whom we know is quite another.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “But where it all begins is in an Exchanged Life whereby we no longer live – but Christ lives in us. Paul lived gloriously and died triumphantly because in sacrifice and suffering he identified himself with Christ. So can we live and die, if we but will.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patient die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you DAMNED?”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Compared to a heart that has known the fire of the Lord and allowed that fire to go out, the ice-clad peaks of the Alps are warm. Metal is molten only while the fire burns; remove the fire and the metal is solid. Even so, a human heart without the heat of heaven is an iceberg.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Does God ever need more patience with His people than when they are ‘praying’? We tell Him what to do and how to do it. We pass judgments and make appreciations in our prayers. In short, we do everything except pray. No Bible School can teach us this art. What Bible School has ‘Prayer’ on its curriculum? The most important thing a man can study is the prayer part of the Book.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “God ‘sought for a man,’ not to preach, but ‘to stand in the gap.’”
Leonard Ravenhill – “He who fears God fears no man. He who kneels before God will stand in any situation.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Holiness-teaching contradicted by unholy living is the bane of this hour!”
Leonard Ravenhill – “I do not marvel so much at the patience of the Lord with the stonyhearted sinners of the day. After all, would we not be patient with a man both blind and deaf? And such are the sinners. But I do marvel at the Lord’s patience with the sleepy, sluggish, selfish Church! A prodigal Church in a prodigal world is God’s real problem.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “In ‘that great day,’ the fire of judgment is going to test the sort, not the size of the work we have done. That which is born in prayer will survive the test. Prayer does business with God. Prayer creates hunger for souls; hunger for souls creates prayer. The understanding soul prays; the praying soul gets understanding. To the soul who prays in self-owned weakness, the Lord gives His strength.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “It has been well said that there are only three classes of people in the world today; those who are afraid, those who do not know enough to be afraid, and those who know their Bibles.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “It is passing strange that we are so ‘simple’ as to believe that the Church is presenting to men the New Testament standard of Jesus by such a substandard of Christian living.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “It will not do to call sin by some other name, saying, ‘The other fellow has a devilish temper; mine is just righteous indignation! She is touchy; my irritability is just a ‘case of the nerves’. He is covetous; I am expanding my business. He is stubborn; I have convictions. She is proud; I have superior tastes.’ There is a cover-up for anything if you want it that way.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “John the Baptist did well to evade prison for six months. He and Elijah would not last six weeks in the streets of a modern city. They would be cast into a prison or mental home for judging sin and not muting their message.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Men are ever saying that in these trying days people need comfort. Agreed – many do need comfort. The sick, the sad and the suffering are in this bracket. However, let none fail to realize that to keep silent while a house is burning is criminal. He is no comforter who lets his neighbor sleep as he watches a criminal move the door with a gun.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Men build our churches but do not enter them, print our Bibles but do not read them, talk about God but do not believe Him, speak of Christ but do not trust Him for salvation, sing our hymns and then forget them.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one’s talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Our goal must be God alone. It is His honor that is sullied. His blessed Son who is ignored, His laws broken, His name profaned, His Book forgotten, His house made a circus of social efforts.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “ ‘O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ Madness? Yes, insanity – of virgin purity! He said to the bones, ‘Hear!’ though they had no ears! Ezekiel did as he was told. To save faces, we of course modify God’s commands, and so lose our faces. But Ezekiel obeyed; and God, as always, operated: ‘there was a great noise.’”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Preachers who should be fishing for men are now too often fishing for compliments from men. Preachers used to sow seed; now they string intellectual pearls. Away with this palsied, powerless preaching which is unmoving because it was born in a tomb instead of a womb, and nourished in a fireless, prayerless soul. We may preach and perish, but we cannot pray and perish. If God called us to the ministry, then, dear brethren, I contend that we should get unctionized. With all they getting – get unction, lest barren altars be the badge of our unctionless intellectualism.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Prayer is profoundly simple and simply profound.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Prayer is to the believer what capital is to the business man.
Leonard Ravenhill – “Someone now warns us lest we become so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use. Brother, this generation of believers is not, by and large, suffering from such a complex! The brutal, soul-shaking truth is that we are so earthly minded that we are of no heavenly use.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Sound doctrine has put most believers sound asleep, for the letter is not enough. It must be kindled! It is the letter plus the Spirit which ‘giveth life.’”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The aspirant for spiritual wealth and for the ear of God will know much loneliness and will eat much of ‘the bread of affliction.’ He may not know too much about family or social opposition; on the other hand, he may. But this is sure, he will know much of soul conflict, and of silences (which may create misunderstandings), and of withdrawal from even the best of company. For lovers love to be alone, and the high peaks of the soul are reached in solitude.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The Church has advisers by the carload. But where are her agonizers? Churches, boasting an all-time high in attendance might have to admit an all-time low in spiritual births. We can increase our churches without increasing the kingdom. The enemy of multiplication is stagnation.”
Leonard Ravenhill - “The Cinderella of the church of today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with the pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy; neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincerity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The Lord said to Elijah, ‘Hide thyself,’ and again, ‘Show thyself.’ It would be wrong to hide when we should be rebuking kings for His sake; it would be wrong to preach if the Spirit is calling us to wait upon the Lord. We must learn with David, ‘My soul, wait thou only upon God.’”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The ministry of preaching is open to few; the ministry of prayer – the highest ministry of all human offices – is open to all.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “There are three persons living in each of us: the one we think we are, the one other people think we are, and the one God knows we are.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “There are two indispensable factors to successful Christian living. They are vision and passion. Men battle mountainous seas of human, carnal criticism and storm the flinty heights of devilish opposition to plant the cross of Christ amidst the habitations of cruelty. Why? Because they have caught a vision and contracted a passion.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The schoolmen of the Church have classified ‘seven deadly sins.’ We know, of course, that they are wrong, for all sin is deadly.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “The secret of praying is praying in secret. A sinning man will stop praying, and a praying man will stop sinning. We are beggared and bankrupt, but not broken, nor even bent.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Victory is not won in the pulpit by firing intellectual bullets or wisecracks, but in the prayer closet; it is won or lost before the preacher’s foot enters the pulpit.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “‘We apostles,’ Paul says, ‘are the filth of this world.’ Then he adds insult to injury, heightens the infamy, and deepens the humiliation by adding ‘the offscouring of all things.’(1 Corinthians 4:13) Any man who assessed himself ‘filth of the world’ has no ambitions – and so has nothing to be jealous about. He has no reputation – and so has nothing to fight about. He has no possessions – and therefore nothing to worry about. He has no ‘rights’ – so therefore he cannot suffer any wrongs. Blessed state! He is already dead – so no one can kill him. In such a state of mind and spirit, can we wonder that the apostles ‘turned the world upside down’?”
Leonard Ravenhill – “We appease sin – but do not oppose it. To such a cold, carnal, critical, care-cowed Church, this lax, loose, lustful, licentious age will never capitulate.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “We do not conquer Satan by prayer; Christ conquered him two thousand years ago. Satan fools and feints, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget ‘the exceeding greatness of God’s power to usward.’”
Leonard Ravenhill – “What should be a stepping stone can become a stumbling block. What should be a gateway can become a goal. What could be a thoroughfare can become a terminal. ‘Blind unbelief is sure to err and scan God’s works in vain.’ Have we come out of poverty of the world, but not yet entered into the Canaan of His riches?”
Leonard Ravenhill – “When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us, the devil will open the door of hell to blast us. God’s smile means the devil’s frown! Mere preachers may help anybody and hurt nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden somebody. The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet goes against it. A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation’s sins; unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword; unbalanced because the weight of preaching opinion is against him. The preacher will be heralded; the prophet hounded.”
Leonard Ravenhill – “Yet that which tries the modern church the most troubled the New Testament Church the least. Our accent is on paying, theirs was on praying. When we have paid, the place is taken; when they had prayed, the place was shaken!”
Lewis Carroll - "'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less.'"
Louis Bounoure - "Evolution is a fairy tale for grown-ups. This theory has helped nothing in the progress of science. It is useless."
Louis Pasteur - "Science brings man nearer to God."
Lyndon B. Johnson - “The separation of Church and State is a source of strength, but the conscience of our nation does not call for separation between men of state and faith in the Supreme Being.”
Margaret Mead - "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Sangster - "It isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone
That gives you a bit of a heartache
At setting of the sun.
The tender word forgotten,
The letter you did not write,
The flowers you did not send, dear,
Are your haunting ghosts at night.
The stone you might have lifted
Out of a brother's way;
The bit of heartsome counsel
You were hurried too much to say;
The loving touch of the hand, dear,
The gentle, winning tone
Which you had no time nor thought for
With troubles enough of your own.
Those little acts of kindness
So easily out of mind,
Those chances to be angels
Which we poor mortals find -
They come in night and silence,
Each sad, reproachful wraith,
When hope is faint and flagging,
And a chill has fallen on faith.
For life is all too short, dear.
And sorrow is all too great,
To suffer our slow compassion
That tarries until too late;
And it isn't the thing you do, dear,
It's the thing you leave undone
Which gives you a bit of a heartache
At the setting of the sun."
Margaret Thatcher - "Socialism works until you run out of other people's money."
Marianne Williamson - "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
Mark O' Hatfield - "For the Christian man to reason that God does not want him involved in politics because there are too many evil men in government is as insensitive as for a Christian doctor to turn his back on an epidemic because there are too many germs there."
Mark Noll - "To explain the simultaneous manifestation of superlative good and pervasive malevolence in the history of race and religion, neither simple trust in human nature nor simple cynicism about American hypocrisy is adequate... That commingling has included domination with liberation, false consciousness with genuine idealism, altruism with greed, self-seeking with self-sacrifice, economic independence with economic exploitation, tribalism with universalism, hatred with love. And final explanation for the conundrums of American history must be able to account for a mind-stretching conjunction of opposites. It must evoke both the goodness of the human creation and the persistence of evil in all branches of humanity... It must show how the best human creatures are sabotaged by their own hubris and the worst human depredations are enlightened by unexpected shafts of light... It must be able to hold these contradictions, antinomies, and paradoxes in one cohesive vision.... From the much used and much abused Scriptures, a long line of Christian readers have affirmed in varying accents and diverse emphases a transcendent account of profound complexity to take the measure of human nature and human achievement... God made humans, and the creation was good - yet at the same time, human kind is fallen and will never escape the effects of sin. Further, God offers in the work of his Son, Jesus Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the transforming prospect of redemption - yet redemption never equals perfection; the redeemed must always recognize their own shortcomings and be filled with gratitude for all the gifts of creation, including all other human creatures. Ultimately, because the manifestation of God in Jesus Christ is, at the same time, so thoroughly humans and so thoroughly divine, so completely infinite and so completely finite, the heart of the Christian faith offers the hint of an explanation for how the commingling of contradictions, antinomies, and paradoxes can occur in other spheres of life."
Mark Steyn - "When the family dies, the nation follows..."
Mark Twain - "Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody."
Martin Luther - "For they who think they make an end of temptation by yeilding to it, only set themselves on fire the more."
Martin Luther - "God delights in our temptations, and yet hates them; He delights in them when they drive us to prayer; He hates them when they drive us to despair."
Martin Luther - "God scorns and mocks the devil, in setting under his very nose a poor, weak, human creature, mere dust and ashes, yet endowed with the firstfruits of the Spirit, against whom the devil can do nothing."
Martin Luther - "Heaven and earth, all the emperors, kings, and princes of the world, could not raise a fit dwelling-place for God; yet, in a weak human soul, that keeps His Word, He willingly resides."
Martin Luther - "He that believes God's Word overcomes all, and remains secure everlastingly, against all misfortunes; for this shield fears nothing, neither hell nor the devil."
Martin Luther - "If a man serves not God only, then surely he serves the devil."
Martin Luther - "If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that one point."
Martin Luther - "I hate myself, that I cannot believe it so constantly and surely as I should; but no human creature can rightly know how mercifully God is inclined toward those that steadfastly believe in Christ."
Martin Luther - "I have before me God's Word which cannot fail, nor can the gates of hell prevail against it; thereby will I remain, though the whole world be against me."
Martin Luther - "I have lived to see the greatest plague on earth - the condemning of God's Word, a fearful thing, surpassing all other plagues in the word."
Martin Luther - "Infinite potentates have raged against this book, and sought to destroy and uproot it - king Alexander the Great, the princes of Egypt and of Babylon, the monarchs of Persia, of Greece, and of Rome, the emperors Julius and Augustus - but they nothing prevailed; they are all gone and vanished, while the book remains."
Martin Luther - "Let us not flutter too high, but remain by the manger and the swaddling-clothes of Christ."
Martin Luther - "Let whatsoever will or can befall me, I will surely cleave by my sweet Savior Christ Jesus, for in Him am I baptized; I can neither do nor know anything but only what He has taught me."
Martin Luther - "Once sure that the doctrine we teach is God's Word, once certain of this, we may build thereupon, and know that this cause shall and must remain; the devil shall not be able to overthrow it, much less the world be able to uproot it, how fiercely soever it rage."
Martin Luther - "Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a begging."
Martin Luther - "The Bible is the book that makes fools of the wise of this world; it is only understood by the plain and simple hearted."
Martin Luther - "The devil assaults the Christian world with te highest power and subtlety, vexing tru Christians through tyrants, heretics, and false brethren, and instigating the whole world against them."
Martin Luther - "The highest and most precious treasure we receive of God is, that we can speak, hear, see, etc.; but how few acknowledge these as God's special gifts, much less give God thanks for them."
Martin Luther - "The Holy Spirit is no sceptic, and the things He has written in our hearts are not doubts or opinions, but assertions - surer and more certain than sense or life itself."
Martin Luther - There is no greater anger than when God is silent, and talks not with us, but suffers us to go on in our sinful works, and to do all things according to our own passions and pleasure."
Martin Luther - "This much can surely be done: Outward wicked deeds can be prevented, and carnal, shameful words and works can be avoided, although it is attained with difficulty. But in this world it will never come to pass that you are free from lust and evil inclinations... In short, if you desire to attain the true righteousness that avails before God, you must despair altogether of yourself and trust in God alone. You must surrender yourself entirely to Christ and accept Him, so that all He has is yours, and all that is yours becomes His. In this way, you begin to burn with divine love and become quite another person, completely born anew, and all that is in you is converted. Then you will have as much delight in chastity as you had pleasure before in fornication, and so forth with all lusts and inclinations."
Martin Luther - "To comfort a sorrowful conscience is much better than to possess many kngdoms; yet the world regards it not; nay, condemns it, calling us rebels, dissturbers of the peace."
Martin Luther - "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen."
Martin Luther - "We ought first to know that there are no good works except those which God has commanded, even as there is no sin except that which God has forbidden."
Martin Luther - "We ought not to criticize, explain, or judge the scriptures by our mere reason, but diligently, with prayer, meditate thereon, and seek their meaning."
Martin Luther - "We should consider the histories of Christ three manner of ways; first, as a history of acts or legends; second, as a gift or a present; thirdly, as an example, which we should believe and follow."
Martin Luther - "Your God is altogether too human."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who perpetrates it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed my to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land..."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "If it falls your lot to be a street weeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music... sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say; here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, 'There lived a great people - a black people - who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "The measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience; but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "There was a time when the church was very powerful - in the time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.... If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the 20th century."
Martin Luther King Jr. - "Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you"? Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream"? Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus"? Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, so help me God"? And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "Thus this nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal..." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremist we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love?"
Martin Luther King Jr. - "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
Martin Niemoeller - "First they came for the Jews, I was silent. I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communist. I was silent. I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists. I was silent. I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for me. There was no one left to speak for me."
Maryland Supreme Court, 1799 (Runkel vs. Winemiller) - "Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. By our form of government, the Christian religion is the established religion; and all sects and denominations are placed upon the same equal footing, and are equally entitled to protection in their religious liberty."
Mary Todd Lincoln - "He (Abraham Lincoln) said he wanted to visit the Holy Land and see those places hallowed by the footprints of the Saviour. He was saying there was no city he so much desired to see as Jerusalem. And with the words half spoken on his tongue, the bullet of the assassin entered the brain, and the soul of the great and good President was carried by the angels to the New Jerusalem above."
Matthew Fontaine Maury - "I have always found in my scientific studies, that, when I could get the Bible to say anything on the subject it afforded me a firm platform to stand upon, and a round in the ladder by which I could safely ascend. As our knowledge of nature and her laws has increased, so has our knowledge of many passages of the Bible improved. The Bible called the earth 'the round world,' yet for ages it was the most damnable heresy for Christian men to say that the world is round; and, finally, sailors circumnavigated the globe, and proved the Bible to be right, and saved Christian men of science from the stake. And as for the general system of circulation which I have been so long endeavoring to describe, the Bible tells it all in a single sentence: 'The wind goeth toward the South and returneth again to his circuits."
Matthew Henry - "A state of apostasy is worse than a state of ignorance."
Matthew Henry - "Death to a good man is his release from the imprisonment of this world, and his departure to the enjoyments of another world."
Matthew Henry - "Earth is embittered to us, that heaven may be endeared."
Matthew Henry - "Let us watch against unbelief, pride, and self-confidence. If we go forth in our own strength, we shall faint, and utterly fall; but having our hearts and our hopes in heaven, we shall be carried above all difficulties, and be enabled to lay hold of the prize of our high calling in Christ Jesus."
Matthew Henry - "Our duty as Christians is always to keep heaven in our eye and the earth under our feet."
Matthew Henry - "None are ruined by the justice of God but those that hate to be reformed by the grace of God."
Matthew Henry - "Those who deceive others, deceive themselves, as they will find at last, to their cost."
Matthew Henry - "We best oppose error by promoting a solid knowledge of the word of truth, and the greatest kindness we can do to children, is to make them early to know the Bible."
Matthew Henry - "We have a cunning adversary, who watches to do mischief, and will promote errors, even by the words of scripture."
Matthew Henry - "We should take heed of pride; it is a sin that turned angels into devils."
Matthew Henry - "Were we to think more of our own mistakes and offences, we should be less apt to judge other people."
Matthew Henry - "When we are calling to God to turn the eye of His favor towards us He is calling to us to turn the eye of our obedience towards Him."
Matthew Henry - "Whichever way soever a man's genius lies, he should endeavor to honor God and edify the church with it."
Max Lucado - "Choose satisfaction over salary. Better to be happy with little than miserable with much."
Max Lucado - "Bread of Life? Jesus lived up to the title. But an unopened loaf does a person no good. Have you received the bread? Have you received God's forgiveness?"
Max Lucado - "Do you understand what God has done? He has deposited a Christ seed in you. As it grows you will change. It's not that sin has no more presence in your life, but rather that sin has no more power over your life."
Max Lucado - "God's blessings are dispersed according to the riches of his grace, not according to the depth of our faith."
Max Lucado - "God will use your mess for good. We see a perfect mess; God sees a perfect chance to train, test , and teach."
Max Lucado - "How grimy did God get when He reached down to clean you up? How grimy are you willing to get in order to be an 'imitator of God'?"
Max Lucado - "Seek first the kingdom of wealth and you'll worry over every dollar. Seek first the kingdom of health and you'll sweat every blemish and bump. Seek first the kingdom of popularity, and you'll relive every conflict. Seek first the kingdom of safety, and you'll jump at every crack of the twig. But seek first His kingdom and you will find it. On that, we can depend and never worry."
Max Lucado - "The lack of God-centeredness leads to self-centeredness. Sin celebrates its middle letter - sIn."
Max Lucado - "There is something about keeping Him divine that keeps Him distant, packaged, predictable. But don't do it. For heaven's sake, don't. Let Him be as human as He intended to be. Let Him into the mire and muck of our world. For only if we let Him in can He pull us out."
Max Lucado - "The soldiers gasped. Saul sighed. Goliath jeered. David swung. And God made His point. 'Anyone who underestimates what God can do with the ordinary has rocks in his head."
Max Lucado - "We exist to exhibit God, to display His glory. We serve as canvases for His brush stroke, papers for His pen, soil for His seeds, glimpses of His image."
Max Lucado - "When our deepest desire is not the things of God, or a favor from God, but God Himself, we cross a threshold."
Max Lucado - "When you recognize God as Creator, you will admire Him. When you recognize His wisdom, you will learn from Him. When you discover His strength, you will rely on Him. But only when He saves you will you worship Him."
Max Lucado - "When you're full of yourself, God can't fill you. But when you empty yourself, God has a useful vessel."
Max Lucado - "Where we might think of sin as slip-ups or missteps, God views sin as a godless attitude that leads to godless action."
Max Lucado - "You present a challenge to Satan's plan. You carry something of God within you, something noble and holy, something the world needs - wisdom, kindness, mercy, skill. If Satan can neutralize you, he can mute your influence."
Max Lucado - "You see, it's one thing to accept Him as Lord, another to recognize Him as Savior - but it's another matter entirely to accept Him as Father."
Max Planck - "As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter. "
Max Planck - "Both religion and natural science require a belief in God for their activities, to the former He is the starting point, and to the latter the goal of every thought process. To the former He is the foundation, to the latter, the crown of the edifice of every generalized world view."
Max Planck - "It was not by any accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls."
Max Planck - "There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other."
Michael Bauman - "God whispers in pleasure, speaks in between, and shouts in pain."
Michael Denton - "The tiniest bacterial cells are incredibly small, weighing less than x10^-12 gms, each in effect a veritable micro-miniaturized factory containing thousands of exquisitively designed pieces of intricate molecular machinery, made up altogether of one hundred thousand thousand million atoms, far more complex than any machine built by man and absolutely without parallel in the non-living world."
Michael Green - "Christianity does not hold the resurrection to be one among many tenets of belief. Without faith in the resurrection there would be no Christianity at all. The Christian church would never have begun; the Jesus-movement would have fizzled out like a damp squib with His execution. Christianity stands or falls with the truth of the resurrection. Once disprove it, and you have disposed of Christianity."
Michael Novak - “using reason is a little like using the naked eye, whereas ‘putting on faith’ is like putting on perfectly calibrated glasses… to capture otherwise invisible dimensions of reality.”
Michel Foucault - "One cannot attend to oneself, take care of oneself, without a relationship to another person."
Napoleon Bonaparte - "I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genus? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him."
Napoleon Hill - "Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements."
Nathaniel Hawthorne - "No man for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth."
Noah Webster - "The brief exposition of the constitution of the United States, will unfold to young persons the principles of republican government; and it is the sincere desire of the writer that our citizens should early understand that the genuine source of correct republican principles is the Bible, particularly the New Testament or the Christian religion."
Noah Webster - "The moral principles and precepts contained in the Scriptures ought to form the basis of all of our civil constitutions and laws... All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible."
Noah Webster - "There are two powers only, sufficient to control men and secure the rights of individuals and a peaceable administration; these are the combined force of religion and law, and the force or fear of the bayonet."
Noah Webster - "The religion which has introduced civil liberty is the religion of Christ and His apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free Constitutions of Government."
Norm Geisler - "Most relativists believe that relativism is absolutely true and that everyone should be a relativist. Therin lies the self-destructive nature of relativism. The relativist stands on the pinnacle of an absolute truth and wants to relativize everything else."
Norm Geisler - "Satre found atheism 'cruel', Camus 'dreadful', and Nietzsche 'maddening'. Atheists who consistently try to live without God tend to commit suicide or go insane. Those who are inconsistent live on the ethical or aesthetic shadow of Christian truth while they deny the reality that made the shadow."
Norm Geisler - "Truth is not determined by majority vote."
old adage - "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
old adage - "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."
old adage - "It is much easier to tone down a fanatic than to resurrect a corpse."
old adage - "Falsehood can make a trip around the world before truth can even get its boots on."
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. - "The great act of faith is when man decides that he is not God."
Omar Bradley - "We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount... The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants."
Oswald Chambers - "God does not expect us to imitate Jesus Christ; He expects us to allow the life of Jesus to be manifested in our moral flesh."
Oswald Chambers - "Only one in a thousand sits down in the midst of it all and says - I will watch my Father mend this. God must not be treated as a hospital for our broken 'toys', but as our father."
Oswald Chambers - "The sympathy which is reverent with what it cannot understand is worth its weight in gold."
Otto Edward Leopold Von Bismarck - "Would to God that, apart from what is known in the world, I had no other sin upon my soul, for which I only hope to be forgiven by trusting in the blood of Christ. I know not whence I should derive my sense of duty if not from God. Orders and titles have no charm for me; I firmly believe in a life after death... To my steadfast faith alone do I owe the power of resisting all manner of absurdities which I have seen displayed throughout the past ten years. Deprive me of my faith, and you rob me of my Fatherland. Were I not a staunch Christian, did I not stand upon the miraculous basis of religion, you would never have possessed a Federal Chancellor in my person."