I’m asked over and over again, “How in the world do you get a person motivated?”
I answer, “When you shock someone with 20,000 volts of electricity, they don’t turn to you and ask, ‘Did you say something?’ No, they move.”
The key question is…Are you motivated?
Because motivated people become change agents.
Teaching to Change Lives, Howard Hendricks, p.113
We come to the Scripture to be changed, not to amass information.
Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster, p. 69
In their original setting, Jesus’ parables often end without ending. [The Good Samaritan] does. What does the lawyer do? We don’t know. It’s up to him. When we read the parables, what will we do? It’s up to us. The story of a parable gets finished on the action end of our lives. The story transforms us or it doesn’t, but we write the ending. The picture is there before us, and Jesus says, “Go and do likewise.”
Habits of the Mind by James W. Sire
Thomas was martyred in Madras, India (for which there is sufficient evidence).
Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God, p. 122
Have you ever been given the story behind Paul’s letter to the Galatians? Before nodding, see if you can answer these questions off the top of your head: Who were the Galatians? What were their issues? When and why did Paul write to them? What happened just before Paul penned his Galatian treatise? Where was he when he wrote it? What provoked him to write the letter? And where in Acts do you find the historical context for this letter? All of these background matter are indispensable for understanding what our New Testament is about. Without them, we simply cannot understand the Bible clearly or properly.
Pagan Christianity, Viola & Barna