Category Archives: People

the challenge of love

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.

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the riches of Christ

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.


an example does not give hope

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.


how to address pride month

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.

beautybeyondbones.com/2019/06/13/are-we-worshiping-our-sexuality-pridemonth/


the largest of hidden people groups

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


surprised by wrong

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.


when God seems silent

When God seems silent to us, perhaps it is because he is not speaking to us, but rather speaking on behalf of us.

Paul Hypki


restoring heartbeats to walking corpses

This age isn’t about our salvation. It is about the revelation of the God who saves. To know His Name is to know who He is and what He is like. It is to know Him. Knowing Him brings us back to life. Knowing Him restores heartbeats to walking corpses and injects purpose into our pulses. We are made for Him, through Him, and by Him; in His Image and for His purposes. In knowing Him, we meet, find, and mine out our truest selves.

Stephanie Quick, To Trace a Rising Sun, page 19.


praying to be praying

I had taken the liberty of timing her prayer the second time I’d heard her. And I had a reason. The prayer lasted one minute, and in that time she had used the name “God” thirty-three times! She had used His Name as a punctuation mark, and not as though she were speaking to a real, living Person.

I gave her an example of the way she prayed, so she would understand: “O God, we thank you, God, that we can come into Your Presence, God. God, we need you today, God. God, will you help us, O God, to live for you today, God.”

She was embarrassed and surprised, but fortunately very open. We had a comfortable talk on the subject, and then she asked, “Could we pray again now?” We did, and this time, by her own choice, she started, “Dear Lord Jesus. . .” instead of her habitual, “Dear God. . . .” She prayed slowly, thoughtfully, with many pauses, and used His Name meaningfully. She was speaking to Someone, and He was there!

Suddenly she looked up, with tears, “Oh, Ros, I feel as if I’ve become a Christian all over again! I didn’t know what I was doing before. I guess I was praying to be praying, if there is such a thing. I didn’t really know to whom I was praying. Now I know. It’s Jesus Christ!

Rosalind Parker, Prayer: Conversing with God, p. 31.


who listens to our prayers?

The little brown frame house was packed with people. My first thought was to get out, but the house was too small and too crowded.

I stayed. How did they know when to pray? Who told them? Should I pray, too?

Faster and faster went my heart.

An older lady began to pray, I sighed with temporary relief.

Why, I said to myself, she can’t even speak English! No one can understand a word she is saying, and here she is praying where people can hear her. I listened some more. A sentence or two in German, then a smattering of English, then more German.

I withheld further judgment and listened again. Suddenly I felt my heart was being held in God’s hand. The old German lady was crying! And she wasn’t ashamed to be praying or crying. And the tenderness in her voice told me that her tears were not those of frustration, but of real love for her Lord. She was speaking to Him. Not to us. And He was there. I knew it. He was there.

Rosalind Parker, Prayer: Conversing with God, p. 13-14.