My gravest warning for a pioneer (though this applies to any
believer) is the hazard of duty without beauty. If Jesus Himself needed to
withdraw from crowds to be with His Father, and could not manage a ministry of
relief and humanitarian aid without a plumb line of prayer, we certainly cannot
either, and should not try.
Stephanie Quick, To
Trace A Rising Sun, p. 215.
I am convinced, that for all the demands and all the needs
and all the opportunities to love and minister and serve, the challenge of our
hearts throughout the rest of this age is not primarily to love ourselves and
our neighbor. That is a secondary challenge. The challenge of our hearts in
this age is to love our Maker, our Husband, and no other.
Stephanie Quick, To
Trace A Rising Sun, p. 214-215.
One of the most fascinating of all the preacher’s tasks is to explore both the emptiness of fallen man and the fullness of Jesus Christ, in order then to demonstrate how he can fill our emptiness, lighten our darkness, enrich our poverty, and bring our human aspirations to fulfillment. The riches of Christ are unfathomable.
John Stott, Between Two Worlds, p. 154.
The only hope for people lies not in giving them an example of how to behave but in the preaching of Jesus Christ as the Saviour from sin. The hearts of all get hope when they hear that.
Oswald Chambers, Disciples Indeed, page 309.
Beauty Beyond Bones is a blog site I have been following for a few years now. This is a young woman who is a strong Catholic, loves Jesus and is a recovered(recovering) victim of an eating disorder. Her thoughts on how to handle pride month are very well thought out.
Today this message [to repent and turn to God] is vital to the eternal destiny of not only ethnic children of Abraham, the Jews, but also that largest of hidden people groups, nominal Christians. If 75-80 percent of the world’s Christians are Christian in name only, then one billion people need to be awakened out of their “smug assurance of salvation by biological birthright.”
William J. Larkin, Jr., Acts, p. 70
When the pessimist looks at any infamy, it is to him, after all, only a repetition of the infamy of existence. The Court of Chancery is indefensible—like mankind. The Inquisition is abominable—like the universe. But the optimist sees injustice as something discordant and unexpected, and it stings him into action. The pessimist can be enraged at wrong; bust only the optimist can be surprised at it.
G. K. Chesterton, All Things Considered, pages 33-34.
We do not pray to get His attention. Scripture tells us we already have it. We pray to pry our white knuckles off control of our own lives and cast ourselves headlong into the caring and controlling hands that took the nails that had our names on them at the Place of the Skull
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 23.
It is imperative, then, that we behold the Person of Jesus as revealed through every page of Scripture from beginning to end. What we discover about Him will orient our lives around His light like planets around the blazing sun; inevitably, revelation of who He is will lead us to make decisions that don’t make sense unless we will be raised from the dead.
Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19-20.
When God seems silent to us, perhaps it is because he is not speaking to us, but rather speaking on behalf of us.